Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Green Lake is the oldest resort community west of Niagara Falls. Many large, wooden hotels and one short lived casino populated the north shore during the late 1800's.
This is a great lake to paddle on. Somewhere around 23 miles of shoreline.
Also, the lake has a maximum depth of 237 feet and an average depth of 100 feet making it the deepest natural inland lake in Wisconsin.
The water temperature was in the 40's. We cautioned the kids and set up rules on going down on the pier unsupervised. Sure enough Morgan 7yrs. old (niece) fell into the water. She was close enough to grab her right from the pier. Her dip in the lake got every one's attention. The water temperature is numbing.
The cooler weekend air temperature and high gas prices kept the Green lake experience quite enjoyable by canoe. Hardly anyone out on the water. Most piers were still on shore and the marina was pretty much empty.
But there was some action out there. With some sunshine, and crystal clear water, Lilly pads are making their way to the surface.
Shattered thunderstorms provided brilliant rainbows. (Cell phone camera doesn't do this rainbow justice.) I was more interested in keeping the canoe upright as the wind was gusting to 40 mph and the chop started to build.
Back on Rock Lake
What a great weekend to take in all that is Wisconsin. Finally got a picture of the Sand Hill Crane that has been eluding me on my ventures around Rock Lake. (picture taken on my Saturday morning paddle before we left for the weekend). I have taken numerous pictures of nothing but water or sky all last year trying to capture him in flight.
I've been goosed! Glass like conditions on the east shore provided safe haven for this family of world class paddlers.
Good times!! - The Capt'n
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sun Photo by GREG NELSON
The Bushwhacker Challenge, a 150 mile expedition canoe race is in full swing. A gruelling event has taken it's toll on almost half the competitors. You can see more on the event and fundraising efforts at the new Kruger Memorial Website
Boo's piece on bringing breast cancer awareness through her participation in the Everglades Challenge has made the "Best of CNN Headline News" on their website.
Or click here to donate for free!! (advertisers pay for free mammograms for women that can not afford the expense.
Friday, May 16, 2008
This family didn't seem to care about my presence. Must be big city geese! (which means people have been feeding them at the city park.) If you head to goose island, the drakes will fend you off and/or distract you from the nesting sites.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
PEAK Camp is run a little differently then most camps. We are motivated by building fundamental assets in youth. Our adventure camps are the only one that I know of that requires pre/post fundamental asset testing. A very simple and pure way to measure growth in a child. Our camps are a proven product in building self-esteem and self-worth in youth.
Our Hard-core adventure camp in June is full, and it looks like we will be facilitating another Hard-core adventure camp in July and late August to accommodate those that didn't book in early enough for the June camp. Life on the water is good...
Making the connection.
This will be our third year of working within a university system. We have facilitated and filled requirements for students in need of their 240 wilderness practicum hours... but now on to something new... this is all very exciting...
This year we will be teaming up with Northwestern University and will be part of a research project over seen by Dr. Nina Kraus.
The nuts and bolts of their type of research is doing an EEG to measure brain stem response to benchmark stimulus, through their auditory neuroscience lab at Northwestern. We will be coordinating efforts through affiliate universities or labs in Wisconsin to facilitate the testing.
Our role will be pretty simple. Run a camp that offers the sounds of nature. babbling brooks and streams, wind in the trees, the sounds of the honey bees, the lapping of waves against the hull etc. Hmm... I can do that... :-)
More to come as the program develops.
" Into the trees and through the woods to grandmother's house we go..." Scouting trip on the Bark River last night for up-coming Cub-Scouts adventures in June. I meet with a collective group of Scout leaders this coming Sunday to offer paddling options and assist in their planning.
Barely made it off the water as it was the Capt'n vs. the ever changing Wisconsin weather. It was howling on yesterday's paddle. Steady 25mph gusting to 30mph. Then it got real still and the sky grew dark... Yikes!! Paddle fool paddle!! Take cover!!
I was in the trees as the wind picked up again. A lot of creaking and rubbing of branches over head. What ever blew over came and went rather quickly.
Went to the Sunset Bar and Grille with a great overlook of lake Koshkonong to celebrate not getting dunked or blown away. The wait staff must have seen me pull in with the canoe on the rack.
Quote: " Don't tell me you were out on the lake in that canoe?" "Nooooo... not on the lake that would be silly." I said with confidence. "Then why are you all wet?", she replied :-/
What do you have on tap? - The Capt'n
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Just a couple of crazy mixed up pack rafters getting it right. - The Capt'n
Today Lake Mills is a showcase growing communty with parks on Rock Lake, a historic downtown and other assests. Lake Mills is a place where visitors always return.
Aztalan, a name derived from a ancient Aztec tradition, was a Native American village hosting a blending of Mississippian & local culture. It later became a bustling pioneer center, and is now a wonderful memory of the past.
Catching the sunrise at the entrance present day to the old gist mill. Now the area is part of the Lake Mills park system known as Bartel's Beach.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Glass like conditions all morning. Just as I pulled out, the wind came up. Boo had been bugging me to get her Pram out. So I headed back to Lake Mills to un-bury it under a bunch of yaks and camping gear.
It's no Matt Layden Sand Flea , but non-the-less a pram (Optimist Dinghy) all the same.
After about an hour of clean up, I stuffed myself into the pram and took her out for a spin. Not shown in this picture, but there were about 100 bass boats out on the lake in some sort of fishing jamboree. Yikes... getting crowded out here.
Sailed around for a couple of hours... hmm could get used to this sail'n around thing on a Sunday afternoon... Wonder how things are going down at Cedar Key?
Met up with Jackie to test paddle her new Bell Merlin ll. Jackie is a convert. Normally paddles a Wilderness System s Sparrow Hawk kayak
Water levels are still pretty high in Nine Springs Creek . Jackie just clears the train trussel.
Jackie switches paddles with me and tries out the Whiskeyjack Whiskey River Paddle. Two hours later, I finally got it back. :-/ I think she is sold on it.
Right in the heart of Lake Mills...
Friday found me down at Blue Crescent Wooden Boatworks. Had a great conversation with Pete Thompson the owner about building boats. Pete pretty much stopped working and sat with me for about 2 hours... Sorry Pete!! Hopefully the pram he is building will be finished for the paddle sailing rendezvous in June. It is a work of art.
We kicked some ideas around concerning the apprentice program. It would be great to get some local youth involved and excited about small boats.