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Tethered Together Art by Sarah Guindon.

Tethered Together

How far would you go for your friends? On a canoe trip along the Ottawa River, Nathan Munn dives deep for the answers.

I was sitting at my desk in a mirrored office tower south of Montreal when my phone buzzed. The hum of the office faded into the background as I read the text from Angus, my best friend since childhood. Our plan to go canoeing near our hometown of Ottawa was a go.

Got a brand new canoe for us to use, he wrote. What’s your ETA? 

I replied that I’d leave work early to catch a bus to Ottawa that afternoon. I had already worked out the plan for the short trip with my wife, who was at home taking care of our two-year-old daughter. We had agreed I would only be gone for twenty-four hours, a mini-vacation that seemed impossibly exciting after many months spent close to home helping care for our child.

“I love you,” I told her over the phone as I sat in the ...

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