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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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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Diving Adventures in Wisconsin

By Corine Smith, guest blogger Looking for the best places in Wisconsin for your next big adventure? Want to uncover a whole new world underwater or you just want to experience scuba diving or any other water sports? Whether you’re new to the state, this article will point you in the direction of the rightfully water adventures in Wisconsin. So […]

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Bird’s Eye View of Wausau Whitewater

I’ve posted video before showing Wausau Whitewater Park from ground/water level. Here’s another vantage point. This unique perspective shows what a gem this place is. The video was shot by Ryan Keihn of Aerial Pulse at the last open recreational release of the season on Sept. 17, 2016. If you’re a regular paddler at Wausau you may recognize yourself in […]

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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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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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