Meet Allison Leeward. A rare breed of women – fiercely adventurous, she dominates the sky in her Cessna 185, traveling the US from Alaska to Florida in search of big fish, and even bigger adventures. Let’s not forget about her pup, Merlin – check him out the in hammock!
Hey Ya’ll! I hope you’ve been enjoying your recent adventures as much as I have. I’ve been enjoying flying, fishing and camping a lot lately, since the weather is starting to cool down here in Florida.
My first experience with the Canyon Cooler Outfitter 55 was a little different than most. It arrived just a few days prior to Category 4 Hurricane Matthew hitting the east coast. Usually I love living a stone’s throw from the beach and a short distance from the redfish rich marsh, but when a hurricane comes around it’s not the best place to be. I’m not too attached to material things, but one of the things I was most worried about losing to the hurricane was the Alaskan Halibut I had caught during the summer. If we lost power at the house I would lose pounds of fat juicy halibut fillets that I could not replace! Roto-molded Canyon Cooler to the rescue!!! I pre-packed the cooler with ice to cool it hours before I threw the flash-frozen fish in there. We lost power for over 48 hours but that cooler kept the fish in perfect condition! A great start to my Outfitter 55 experience.
Since then it has had its fair share of travels. It’s been packed up in the Dehavilland Beaver Seaplane for a day of relaxing on Crescent Lake, had monster redfish measured, filleted and iced from its spot on the Gheenoe and been flown in the Cessna 185 to remote camp sites, keeping our food and beverages cold for days at a time. When you’re traveling to remote campsites via airplane you have to have a cooler that holds ice for days without thawing. You can’t just drive to the gas station down the road.
I can’t wait to see what other adventures this Canyon Outfitter 55 can improve. I have high hopes, and GREAT experiences so far. If you want to see more of my adventures check out Instagram @AllisonLeeward and for more great Canyon Cooler stories and photos follow @CanyonCoolersOfficial
Camping in November:
With the air crisp and the chance of rain minimal I decided to load up the dog, hammock, blanket, cooler and rifle in the bush plane for an overnight trip to the back acres. With all of our necessary provisions packed safely in the Outfitter 55 as back up, we brought the gun to see if we could find anything to smoke over the fire that evening. The Cessna 185 is my preferred mode of transportation because it is a rugged back country work horse. It has a useful load of about 1800lbs, which means after you account for fuel and pilot you can still carry over 1000 pounds … just think how many deer you can fit in the back of it and STILL go over 170 miles per hour.
My dog Merlin chased squirrels while I set up camp, and we went for a short hike to canvas the area for wildlife, but there was not much to be found that day. It was nice to get back to the plane after a warm afternoon and lay down in the hammock with an ice cold beverage straight from my Canyon Cooler. There is something so special about being out in a clearing with just the sounds of the crickets chirping, fire crackling and the dog panting. The sky was clear and the stars were out in full force that night.