Gozo: A wonderland of sea caves

Ever heard of Gozo? Me neither until recently. Most Americans have never heard it, let alone been there. At least that’s the conclusion I reach based on conversations with friends and Gozitans. Yes, that’s what they’re called. The first I heard of Gozo, a nine-mile long island that’s one of the Maltese Islands, was last October when I read an […]

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Rome’s Tiber River: Is it “safe”?

During a recent visit to Rome, Mary and I needed a break from sightseeing at the popular tourist attractions. To escape the madding crowd we strolled to the historic Tiber River. As I gazed at the scene, I thought about the history this river witnessed through the years. According to legend, the city of Rome was founded in 753 BC […]

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Review of “Anyone Can Kayak – River Running” DVD

Last week I received a copy of the newest DVD – “River Running” – produced by the father-son team of Greg and Tim Parker at AnybodyCanKayak.com from Verona, Wis. They previously teamed up to produce other instructional DVDs including Basic Playboating (2009), Rolling (2010) and Advanced Hole Tricks (2011). The newest DVD, “River Running,” is all about going downriver in […]

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Return to Isle Royale

You never forget the first time you see Isle Royale. For me it was back in the late 1970s (yeah I’m old) on a beautiful late summer’s day. We were 50 miles from Thunder Bay, about to enter Canada when we rounded a bend. In the distance, across the sparkling waters of Lake Superior lay majestic Isle Royale with its […]

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Pressure ridges, aka “ice shoves”

This week photos online and on the local news showed ice pressure ridges in northern Door County Wisconsin. People around here call them “ice shoves.” Some were claiming the ice was more than 30 feet high and carried a beautiful shade of blue.  I decided to drive up there and check it out myself late this afternoon. My conclusion: It’s […]

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Sharks Aplenty at Turks and Caicos

My wife and I try to schedule a dive trip just about every year. After a few years of this you can’t help making lists in your head. After a combined total of more than 30 dive trips and more than 400 dives between the two of us, we agree that Dive Provo is at the top of our list. […]

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

We spent Aug. 27 – Sept. 3, 2011 vacationing at Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (SBDNL). It was our first time there but it won’t be our last. This is a beautiful area with lots to see and do. There are also great kayaking opportunities. Saturday afternoon Aug. 27 we took the Badger ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington (booked […]

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Team River Runner: Paddlesports for wounded warriors

I was minding my own business. It was a busy day during the holiday shopping season of 2011. I needed to find a few gifts for family members so I stopped at an outdoor gear retailer. After paying for a few items to complete my shopping, I was on my way out of the store. A printed flyer tacked to […]

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Apostle Island Sea Caves – winter and summer

For the past two weekends, visitors have been drawn to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore mainland sea caves to gawk at the unusual beauty of the ice formations. It’s not that the ice formations themselves are an unusual occurrence. Huge icicles form most every winter when water seeps through the sandstone or flows over from the top of the cliffs. […]

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