Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I paddled Lake Delton and numerous feeder rivers and creeks. On my journey I came upon my own "Wilson". If you saw Tom Hanks in Castaway you'll understand. So this little rubber ball with a face is my new paddling partner.
Great sandstone out-cropping make this area a very scenic area to paddle. There were a few fisherman taking advantage of the good weather. Huge Carp (fish) could be seen along the shore. These guys were fishing for Blue Gil... Nothing on their stringer, but they didn't seem to care. It was close to 80 degrees down on the water, just beautiful out.
I thought this was worth a mention. Instead of cutting down this dead tree, somebody carved this very cool eagle. Must have taken awhile really looked good. The wood is yellow as it looks like they hit it with some spar varnish or lacquer.
It's all about the shoreline on this paddle. With every turn a new rock formation.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Shore hugging brought me up onto this over-hanging branch. It stirred many childhood memories. I remember this old mother willow in the backyard of my cousins home on Fowler Lake.... what fun we had climbing and jumping from her branches into the water. Challenging each other to go farther and farther out...
Shaking the cobwebs and stirring the mind - The Capt'n
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday found me on a very short, but needed paddle around Rock Lake. Having been in the prone position for almost a week (coughing up lung butter, fever and the sweats). It is apparent, that anything that I had in reserve from the Everglades Challenge, has departed.
My sister Jenny wanted to paddle today so I headed East, only to get the call in transit, she's opting for yard work. "Priorities Girl!!"
Running the 1/3 spray skirt keeps the boat dry as it catches the paddle drip on the switch. This is the new pier off of Sugar Island Road on Lower Lake Nemahbin, a favorite put in for yakers and canoeists. Parking is limited, but not early in the early a.m..
A very flooded Bark river runs through this drainage lake. The reed grass and good flow keep this lake a jewel in the heart of lake country. Runs very clear. Great place for an early season paddle but gets very busy during the summer with all the cottages and lake homes.
Shot of the cotton tails and grasses that keep the lake clear. Also notice the plastic Owl a Wisconsin favorite. Supposed to keep the gulls off the pier. works for about ten minutes. Usually you end up bumping into it and get gull crap on you.
Notice: To the woman I saw paddling off of Bartel's Beach on Sunday. You left your paddle on the beach. I have it. :-) This is a picture of the sticker on your car. Can you explain it to me. (i.e. NyQuil induced coma). I thought it said canoeist, maybe co-exist... still don't know, but thought it was cool.
A Sunday afternoon with conditions like this can only be found early in the season. On any other Sunday, this would just be a backdrop for jet-skiers, speed boats and pontoon boats.
Keep'n it simple - The Capt'n
Friday, April 18, 2008
Super Boo aka "Marissa Weber" a 2008 finisher
7:30pm Friday May 9, 2008 at the Paddlin’ Shop
The Everglades Challenge – One of the toughest small boat challenges in the world, as seen through the eyes of an eleven year old and her dad.
The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. The distance is roughly 300 nautical miles depending on your course selection. The course runs from Fort De Soto to Key Largo, Florida
Super Boo had been thinking for some time on how she could help her mom and others who have breast cancer. So after talking with her Dad, they came up with an idea of raising awareness and money through participation in the Everglades Challenge
Please join us for an evening of adventure, awareness and discussion.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The 2nd Annual Paddle / Sailing Rendezvous takes shape. This is a free event, with a fun fill weekend of paddling and sailing. The weekend offers more excitement with the
Marquette Waterfront Festival
2008 Waterfront Festival: Saturday - Sunday, June 7th - 8th Once again the Marquette Neighborhood Association has spared no expense in offering up two days of unsurpassed excitement at the 19th annual Marquette Waterfront Festival. Please come bask all day in the seductive Lake Monona breezes as the community convenes on June 7th and 8th.
The cottonwoods provide the ideal canopy for this rite of spring at picturesque Yahara Place Park on Madison's near East side.
Plan on paddle sailing and enjoying a great festival in the wonderful city of Madison. Camping, alternative accommodations can be coordinated through me. contact me at: email@example.com
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I'm sporting my 1970's vintage life jacket. Nice look aye? :-/ Not even sure if it would float me? Anyway, I figured something is better then nothing. ( I gotta get over to Michigan later in the month to get my gear)
Did some shore hugging and logged in 6 miles. A yellow lab came out to greet me as his owner was throwing a training float into the water. A couple of loons scooted around me further down the lake and home owners were dropping in their piers left and right.
April 19, 2008
April 20, 2008
Clear Water Outdoor presents the 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration and Paddlefest. Kick off the paddling season with free kayak demos, paddling clinics, beach and park clean-up, tree planting, a raffle to raise money for Big Foot Beach State Park and much, much more!
Sponsored by Clear Water Outdoor and the CWO Adventure Club. For more information contact Laura Hering at Clear Water Outdoor 262-348-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It's official - we're open for business - The Capt'n
Monday, April 14, 2008
Today’s early morning paddle was cold. No wind no rain, no darkness. Though, I did find myself well into my second cup of java before heading out. Ah the comforts of home...
In the twenties with ice building up on the canoe, the sun creeping up the tree line… perfect! I hugged the shoreline and dodged the DNR fish traps as I made my way north towards Rock Lake Park.
Did some intervals on the way back, focusing on form and technique, a great morning to get out on the water and paddle.
I missed you Rock Lake… welcome back – The Capt’n
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Here's me sitting by a canoe at the put it, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather. I did 11 miles today, followed by a great eat at Fiesta's Mexican Restaurant. Ken, Jean and Steph from MadCity Paddlers joined me for the last 5.5 back down in Jefferson.
FYI. I am dressed for the day and not the water. This is not smart with the water temperature at at 40 degrees F. But I have a Frost River Portage Pack, not shown stuffed full of gear, ditch kit, etc...
BTW John from the Paddlin Shop did a great presentation for the MCP group on cold water paddling on Thursday. Great stories, valuable information which reminded and motivated me to put some time in gathering the necessary safety gear for cold water paddling.
It was kinda fun rummaging through equipment boxes putting gear together. Most of my serious expedition gear is still sitting at Kruger Canoes in action packers. So wooded paddles, stuff sacks and a 23 year old Sawyer Summersong would need to see me through.
I'm feeling like a Jacuzzi - The Capt'n
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Now friend's are sending me more info... fueling the fire... already have a call into Mark from Kruger Canoes about modifications and possibly grabbing the old plug or mold for the Kruger Sea Breeze.
Why can't I just go paddle with out all the hub bub... what the heck is driving me to ramp up a campaign to do this event...
EC for sure in 2009 no matter what
Seriously, I mean seriously considering the Ultimate Florida Challenge
All Jazzed for the Yukon 1000
Then I have this itch to go do the 740 mile NWCT. Anyway here is a read that was just forwarded to me by a good friend Christy down in Texas.
Yukon Passage: a year camping on a raft
Sure Christy throw another "adventure-log" on the already raging fire !! :-)
Oh crap... I also have an eco-tec trip going out in 2009 - Help!! - The Capt'n
We’re both committed Greenland paddlers, and both use a Lumpy Paddle. But will using a GP – even potentially a carbon fiber GP – make us competitive enough? Should we, therefore, be retraining ourselves to use a wing paddle? The probability is that anyone else entered in the kayak class, either K1 or K2, will be using wings.
Does using a GP not make paddlers competitive enough? I’d be loathe to think so. I finished first in my class in this year’s Everglades Challenge using a GP - and knocked 22 hours off my time from last year - and was the only kayaker solely paddling with a GP.
We have both resolved that we will not be leaving our GPs at home. Whatever paddle we end up using will definitely be supplemented by the GP, to help ease any possible physical strain.
Thoughts would be appreciated - Lots of paddlers chimming in on Kiwi's blog... head over and take a look.