Camper Quest Part 6: First Road Trip

The last time I wrote about our upcoming trip I said we would be packing my TRAK folding kayak into the rear storage compartment of our new-to-us Winnebago View motorhome. However, days before our departure a friend offered use of a Yakima trailer for our trip. I jumped at his generous offer because it meant we could carry not only […]

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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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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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Rafting Pesh Fest 2017

Some kayakers decided to mix it up with an awesome rafting session during the second annual Pesh Fest hosted by Kosir’s Rapid Rafts on the Peshtigo River last Saturday. Somehow we all managed to stay in the raft. But just barely. Here’s a video edited with GoPro Studio. Helmet cams by Shannon Jensen and Ken Braband. And if you have […]

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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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