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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High Water Kayaking on the Peshtigo

Over the weekend Wisconsin’s Peshtigo River was running at a very high 23″ level as measured under the Highway C bridge at Kosir’s Rapid Rafts. The Roaring Rapids section of the river was definitely an adrenaline rush; the beefiest whitewater river I have experienced in a kayak. I capsized on Horserace Rapids (see video) but successfully rolled up. My swim […]

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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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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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Another Go at the Peshtigo

If you love rivers you need to experience the Peshtigo. My first experience was some 10 years ago in a two-person raft my wife and I rented at Kosir’s Rapid Rafts, the oldest whitewater outfitter in Wisconsin. We returned to the Peshtigo this past Saturday for another go — Mary in a Kosir’s inflatable funyak and me in a “hard […]

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A Sticky Situation at the Monastery

Monastery Falls (also known as Novitiate) on Wisconsin’s Red River cascades ten feet in elevation over a distance of 200 feet. The second drop can sometimes be sticky. Some say sucky. Before launching last evening with the Tuesday evening regulars from NEWP, I handed my video camera to Angela to capture some of the fun. On my first run I […]

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