Camping with a TRAK Kayak

Can a TRAK folding kayak safely carry more than 60 pounds of camping gear? I was fairly certain it could but I had to check it out for myself. So that’s what I did this past Labor Day weekend while camping at Wisconsin’s Rock Island State Park. I organized this event for the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers kayak club. Last Friday, […]

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Camper Quest Part 5: Hello Winnebago View

I’ve been writing here about our search to find a way to transport sea kayaks on (or in) an RV. As you may recall, I told you I am now a Pilot ambassador for TRAK Kayaks, a 16-foot-long performance sea kayak that can be disassembled and transported in a bag. I saw this as a possible alternative to mounting a […]

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Team River Runner’s Apostle Islands Trip

At the extreme northern tip of Wisconsin in Lake Superior, the beautiful Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are a sea kayaker’s paradise. Last week I had the honor and pleasure of leading a group of Team River Runner military veterans and volunteers on a sea kayaking trip to the Apostle Islands. TRR events and trips usually involve whitewater kayaking. I’ve been […]

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Week of Rivers 2017

July 2 – 7, 2017 … my first time at Week of Rivers near Bryson City, North Carolina. This annual event is hosted by the Carolina Canoe Club. I’ve heard stories from my Wisconsin paddling friends about this event, so this year I decided to give it a try. It was a great time at Smokey Mountain Meadows campground with […]

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TRR Takes On Pennsylvania’s Whitewater

I had the privilege of attending the national leadership conference for Team River Runner these past three days in Western Pennsylvania, specifically Uniontown and Ohiopyle. TRR veterans and volunteers from across the country gathered to grow and get stronger. Strengthening our leadership and outreach skills. Strengthening our commitment to work together as a unified team. And above all, strengthening our […]

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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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Kayak Deaths in Door County

I’m saddened to report that my post last Thursday about drownings in the Great Lakes became eerily prescient just one day later. Two young men lost their lives last Friday while kayaking on Lake Michigan near Cave Point Park in Wisconsin’s Door County, where I often paddle. The following day a Green Bay TV reporter contacted the YMCA in search […]

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Drowning. It’s Not Just for Stupid People

My recent attendance at a water safety conference stirred up a memory I don’t think about often but it’s always in the back of my mind. It was the time I nearly drowned. Looking back, I can see that the incident had a long-lasting influence on my life. Before I share that experience, let me tell you about the conference […]

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