Kayaking is a Great Equalizer

When some people hear the word “kayaking” they think about daredevils plunging over humungous waterfalls or three-week expeditions in the Aleutian Islands. In reality, kayaking is what you make of it. You can go for a leisurely paddle in a small lake or you can take on “big” water, and everything between. That’s why it’s so fulfilling to share my […]

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Hiking Gozo’s Coastline

Please allow one last post from Gozo, then I promise to shut up about this place… at least until I’m able to return to this beautiful Mediterranean island. Today I’m remembering the wonderful 17-mile journey along the western and northern coast of Gozo that we hiked on April 29, 2015. As I reported in my post about our diving experience, […]

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Perfect Day for a Perfect Paddle

Back in March I looked at my calendar and realized our summer weekends were quickly being booked for various types of events. I knew I wanted to host another “Paddle Across the Bay” so I chose June 27 for a paddle across Death’s Door. As luck would have it, yesterday turned out to be perfect for the event. Blue skies. […]

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Northern Lights June 22, 2015

Last night we had a spectacular display of Northern Lights over the bay. They weren’t as bright as the St. Patrick’s Day display but these were huge and were rapidly dancing and shimmering. Around 11 p.m. I experimented by using the “night lapse” setting on my GoPro Hero4 camera. I was disappointed because when I viewed them on the camera […]

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Plum Island Open for Business

Today Mary and I paddled the Death’s Door crossing from the northernmost mainland of Wisconsin’s Door County to Plum Island. There we viewed restoration work on the Plum Island lifesaving station, which began operations April 1, 1896, serving the Portes des Morts Passage (more commonly called “Death’s Door”) at the entrance to Green Bay. The nearby boathouse was added in […]

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Chilly diving at Gozo

I wish I could give you an in-depth review of diving Gozo. Unfortunately I cannot because we dove only one day, hardly enough time for a fair evaluation. The water was simply too damn cold during our late-April visit. Our original plan: dive two days while on this westernmost island of Malta, possibly three days if we really liked the […]

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ASCI: Endless whitewater

What I’m about to tell you may sound a little crazy but here goes. There is a river located on a mountain. Unlike most mountain rivers, this one never reaches the valley. That’s because this river flows in a loop. I know, crazy, right? And that’s not all. The mountain is not located in some far off exotic country or […]

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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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