Camper Quest Part 4: Hello, TRAK Kayaks

I’m doing it. I’m joining one of the world’s oldest professions. No, not THAT one. The profession I’m talking about is called piloting. I’m pleased to announce I have been selected as a Pilot for TRAK Kayaks. “Pilot” is the moniker given to TRAK’s hand-picked product ambassadors. TRAK describes the TRAK Pilot program like this: Pilots are Adventurers first – […]

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Camper Quest Part 3: Our First RV Rental

Well, our first RV rental experience has come and gone. And guess what … we didn’t hate it. In fact, we enjoyed it. A lot. As I mentioned last time, we’re exploring buying an RV so we used the website Outdoorsy.co to rent one. We flew to Southern California’s Orange County; chosen because it’s the home of our son, daughter-in-law […]

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Camper Quest Part 2: Rent Before You Buy

Last week I introduced here the topic of our Camper Quest — our search to find the perfect (or at least acceptable) solution to expand our kayaking world via the RV lifestyle. I’ve been doing a ton of research on the topic because RV’s ain’t cheap. Before we fork over that kind of dough, I want to feel we made […]

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Camper Quest Part 1: Expanding Our Kayaking World with an RV

My wife and I have been kayakers for about 12 years. Over the years, as we paddled rivers, Great Lakes and oceans, I expanded my knowledge and love of kayaking and today I share it with others as an instructor and volunteer. These days Lake Michigan is literally in our back yard, making it possible to walk down to our […]

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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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Black River Narrows Trip Report

By guest blogger John Hart The temperature dipped little by little, hour by hour as I drew closer to the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With every drop in temperature my excitement ticked up a notch, knowing I was getting closer to the start of an amazing weekend. As I rolled into Wakefield and swung through the […]

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Island Hopping on Lake Michigan

This past weekend I paddled and camped a portion of what might one day be America’s newest national park. There’s an effort underway to place The Grand Traverse Islands — — islands and some surrounding mainland from Wisconsin’s Door County to Upper Michigan’s Garden Peninsula — under control of the National Park Service. You can click this link to learn […]

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Return to Isle Royale

You never forget the first time you see Isle Royale. For me it was back in the late 1970s (yeah I’m old) on a beautiful late summer’s day. We were 50 miles from Thunder Bay, about to enter Canada when we rounded a bend. In the distance, across the sparkling waters of Lake Superior lay majestic Isle Royale with its […]

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

We spent Aug. 27 – Sept. 3, 2011 vacationing at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL). It was our first time there but it won’t be our last. This is a beautiful area with lots to see and do. There are also great kayaking opportunities. Saturday afternoon Aug. 27 we took the Badger ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington (booked […]

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