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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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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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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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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