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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Best Surfing Waves of the Year. So Far.

Peter and I enjoyed great waves at Port Washington’s South Beach yesterday with some nice long surfs. I’ve never seen waves so nicely spaced at PW South Beach. Surf boarders came from all over to enjoy the day. At one point I counted 17 of them on the water in addition to two kayaks. At 4:15 in the video you’ll […]

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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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Azure Window Collapses

It’s a sad day for the citizens of Malta and everyone who loves to visit this beautiful island country in the Mediterranean Sea. The famed Azure Window, a natural rock formation on the Maltese island of Gozo, collapsed this morning. Strong winds and high seas battered the coastline overnight and the arch succumbed to the inevitable forces of nature this […]

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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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Wisconsin Surfing: When the Waves Call

Here’s a great video about board surfing in Wisconsin and some of the people who do it. I recognize some of the guys in the video because I’ve been out on the waves with them in my kayak. I see many similarities between these guys and the Wisconsin whitewater kayakers I hang out with, especially the reasons we search out […]

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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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