Kayaking Sea Caves of the Apostle Islands

With the right equipment, training and experience (or hiring a guide service), the sea caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are fantastic, other-worldly places to explore by sea kayak. Last week we made return visits to the Mainland sea caves and the caves of Sand Island. In previous trips to the islands we also explored the caves of Devils […]

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Mike Looman (left) let me take the 2017 Sisu for a test paddle.

The Sisu: An impromptu review

I recently test paddled a new kayak that was not yet announced to the public, thanks to fellow kayak instructor and Current Designs sales person Mike Looman. The boat is called the Sisu and it’s the newest kayak from Current Designs. Last week the Sisu was publicly announced at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah, so […]

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Tall Ships at Sturgeon Bay

Tall Ships enter Sturgeon Bay

Kayaking friend Bill and I paddled from a Lake Michigan beach just north of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Wednesday afternoon to view the parade of Tall Ships as they entered the bay. I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd lined up on both sides of the canal. Here’s my video footage set to music, plus some of my […]

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I had the pleasure of meeting Traveling Ted, a blogger I have been following for the past year.

My Encounter With Traveling Ted

For the past seven years I have served as an instructor at the annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (DCSKS), held the second weekend in July and presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports. This year there were 160 participants with more than 40 instructors and assistants. One of those participants was a fellow travel blogger who goes by the name of Traveling […]

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Rescuing a Dude

Last night reminded me that common sense is not all that common. I was with six other kayakers on one of our regular Tuesday evening whitewater runs on the Red River near Gresham, Wisconsin. It was around 7 p.m. We had just finished running the most technical feature, Monastery Falls (also known as Novitiate), a narrow granite chute that compresses […]

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Cave Point splash

Door County rock hopping

A short video of Chris and me as we played in the bouncy waves at Cave Point County Park north of Sturgeon Bay, WI. The easiest access by kayak to this picturesque spot is to launch at Schauer Park, about 1.5 miles north of Cave Point. Always check the wind and waves forecast before paddling Lake Michigan and paddle within […]

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Kayaking to Chambers Island

Chambers Island: A sea kayaker’s day trip

I have been told I have the magic touch when it comes to choosing dates for kayaking across the bay of Green Bay. (To be clear, I’m talking about calendar dates.) Last year our “Paddle Across the Bay” group journeyed from the northern mainland tip of Door County to Washington Island under ideal weather. For this year’s “Paddle Across the […]

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Kayak trip leaders learn the ropes

Fellow level 4 kayak instructor Bill Merrick and I spent two days this week at Gardner Dam Boy Scout Camp helping six kayakers attain their ACA level 1 kayak instructor certification. The candidates are preparing for their summer jobs as guides for kayak camping trips in the Apostle Islands and other locations in the Upper Midwest. We began each day […]

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