I live in Cooper Landing and have been canoeing since I was a little kid. I love take trips along the Kenai River. Since I was young I've always brought along something to satisfy my hunger along the way. Over the years I have been learning how to reduce my load while canoeing to make it easier on myself. I have been bringing freeze dried food as my main source of food. For one it completely eliminates any need for a stove. Also, It is much lighter, reducing the weight of your entire load, and making your trip easier on yourself. Let me know if this tip was of any help to ya, I've got a lot more!! thanks much!