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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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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