Guilty of that only once. Had run the Nantahala with a friend in solo canoes. At the put in met a couple in a tandem, and they joined us. In all their years paddling together they never had a photo taken of them in their canoe. We offered to take some for them. They wanted one of them running the last rapid before the the outdoor center. I guess it is obvious that I can’t just take one.
I had just tied off my bow and stern opposing tie downs when my friend said they are ready to go so I stopped and took the photos for them. My friend had his canoe already to go and when we got back to the cars we headed home. Most of the drive was after dark. We stopped and got gas, and stopped again to eat. It was late when I got home. The next morning when I went out to take the canoe off the car I found I had not strapped it down. My back up are the bow and stern tie downs the straps my main means of securing. The boat never budged going over winding mountain roads at speed. I am very pleased with my back up needless to say.
I always strap first and tie down second, but this time I happened to grab the ropes before the straps. I think taking the photos after tying down sort of had me thinking I was done because that is the last thing I generally do.
I keep all my canoe gear in one plastic container and kayak gear in another. I grab the appropriate container, paddles, PFD, and of course my waterproof camera, and I am good to go. I rarely bother with turning on my GPS anymore unless it is a new place I am paddling because I often forget to turn it off. There is room for improvement there.
I rinse and dry stuff when I return home, or the next morning. Absolutely need to do it after salt water.
Here are 4 photos of the couple we paddled with. I blame them for my failure!!! Not really l have to own that mistake. Drat!