Monday, August 31, 2009
The glare of the beer glass hides the face of the person who lost their pants to protect. We wouldn't want anyone to know that "JIM" lost his pants in a Bar!!
Paddle once eat twice and a whole lot of laughs goes to this year's players: Kathy, Laurel, Lois, Sandy, Boo, Vern, Tom, Jim, Chris, Skylar, "Koa" my pup and me!! Honorable mention goes to Debbie ( The Firewood Fairy) who dropped off a load of wood and had sense enough to tarp it with the thunderstorms coming in!! Three cheers for the group!
We actually did get some paddling in even with all the shenanigans. Here is a shot of Skylar in his newly acquired play-boat. He did great until the winds got the better of him. I set up a tow but capsized him in the process as his kayak rounded up in the wind and dumped him.
Boo and I took the Cruiser. We were the gear boat taking lunch sacks dry bags and such. We also took Skylar after he dumped and towed his kayak. Ah the benefits of paddling a cruiser, plenty of room.
I'll post more and share pics over the next few days about our trip. Enjoy!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
It can't be all bad spending three days camping and paddling the the lake country area with the Capt'n.
I'm leading a MCP trip this weekend, hub camping at the Conservation Club located on the Rock River. Beautiful location. Looks Like we have about 15 people attending.
Looks like we are going to take the Kruger Cruiser. A bit of an over kill for this paddle, but quite a few people have asked about it, so we'll bring it along and let people try it out if they like.
"M" is not attending as she has a football game to cover. She does photography for Shorewood High School newspaper - Boo is coming and so is "Koa"
Friday: Cocktails and dreams. Paddle by the light of the stars.
Saturday: Clouds giving way to sun . Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s.
Sunday: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 60s and lows in the mid 40s.
Not bad - Let's ........ paddle. - The Capt'n
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Apple Baraboo Bear Black Bois Brule Brule Chippewa Flambeau
Fox Grant Kickapoo La Crosse Lemonweir Little Fox Lower Wisconsin Lower Wolf
Manitowish Menominee Milwaukee Mississippi Montreal Namekagon Oconto Pecatonica
Peshtigo Pine (NE WI) Pine (SW WI) Platte Popple Red Cedar Rock Sheboygan
St. Croix Sugar Tomahawk Turtle Upper Wisconsin Waupaca Wolf Yahara Yellow
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunrise is getting later and later, kids are getting ready to go back to school. Where have the days gone? It's already the 25th of August!! While just yesterday it was the 24th!!
Good Day Sunshine!! - The Capt'n
Monday, August 24, 2009
Paddle on - The Capt'n
Friday, August 21, 2009
The last couple of years during the MR340, they brought their bikes with them and biked back to Kansas City towing their kayaks.... What a hoot!
We're talking $100.00 shine and $10.00 pair of shoes - Bill Murray
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We stopped at this very authentic Mexican restaurant, where they served salsa from a big mixer. How did they know salsa is king? Wish I had my original Beatles lunch box to take some home in.
Then there are the guitars. Plenty of them in all sorts of disarray. Mark picks up a steel guitar and picks his way through a sobering tune, my foot starts a tapp'n.
An American original, pics by number #1 daughter - The Capt'n
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here is a shot of Boo and Zoe coming out of the mill pond. Zoe is getting the hang of it. About three minutes of instruction, then go let them play. Over instruction can ruin the experience.
Boo has become very fond of the Sea Wind, now Zoe has claimed the Azul... thank goodness there are a couple solo boats still in the boat house. dang...
I think I've lost my ride - The Capt'n
The Good in fact great news is for no reason what so ever, my laptop is working!! When I took it in to get it analysed, they said the mother board was fried. I was so bummed as I had not backed up any photos from it when it went down.
So I was fiddling around with it and when I booted it up I saw that the battery light was doing weird things. So I took the battery out, and walla... It works as long as it is plugged into the wall socket. Bingo!!! A golden moment!!
So like a kid in a candy store, I went through picture files and found these two. I remember this conversation well. Boo and I were at Flamingo during the WaterTribe Challenge. I was explaining the need to paddle like "Hell" into the 20 plus mph wind, that sailing would mean a lot of tacking back an forth.
A candid shot of Mark myself and Boo. Last day after the storm front passed over. High winds out of the north west. We are preparing to depart from a random key we paddled to in darkness.
RiverJohn took the photo, his Sea Wind in the fore front. Wishing you a speedy recovery River John!! Missed you at the MR 340.
Looking forward to paddling with you again! Sending positive energy your way!! All the best and take care!!
You meet the most incredible people out on the water... - The Capt'n
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Actually no, well sort of... she and a friend went out for a paddle, darkness ensued and then an uneasy feeling came over me.
I guess I shouldn't worry. When I was a lad, on the water by 7:00am and return before dark. Non-the-less!!!
Boo played it smart, as darkness came knocking she hugged the shoreline with Zoe and returned unscathed to the beach park. I guess my only real worry was that Lake Mills was having their annual beach bash and there tend to be a few weekend warriors out on the water after too many cocktails.
I got this sympathetic /pathetic look from Boo who I am sure was thinking. "Dad get a grip, it's Rock Lake, it's not like I don't know where I am or haven't paddled in the dark before"
Just another "Nervous Nellie" moment for - The Capt'n
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Summer is finally here, balmy weather light breezes out of the south. The kids head around Rock lake then off to Sandy Beach. hmmm? Screw the laundry, cleaning and sorting... the lawns finished...
The Capt'n says "Let's paddle!!"
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
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