Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Good breeze on Memorial Day and in the 80's made for a splendid sail; got out early before all the crazies got out on the water. Wind was building all day, went from full sail and PAS down to two reefs in the main.
All good things must come to an end or so they say; here is a shot of Rock Lake at Bartel's Beach. Yeah that's me launching in the swim area. Just to the right is a designated canoe launch but the city decided to put picnic tables in front of the launch, so it's terrible for staging the Balogh rig.
Happy Tuesday!! - The Capt'n
Monday, May 23, 2011
Boo working it up river on the Oconomowoc river; we're on the section between Fowler Lake and Oconomowoc Lake, a favorite section as there is always frozen custard involved.
Some open water paddling across Fowler lake; There is a rudder on the QCC 500 so Marissa can swing a single blade; 80 degrees and loving it.
Toby turned me on to the Cooke Custom tarp; he had one when we were down in Pass A Grille and made for an enjoyable evening getting shelter from the rain. I set it up with canoe paddles to see if it was function able without having to bring additional poles along; I like items that have more then one purpose. It worked pretty well with the Kelty low-rider chair, traditional chair made it too low.
I did pick up one of those sand mats for trips on the Wisconsin River and other sandy destinations; also picked up this cool aluminium folding table ( these are not race / challenge equipment, they are creature comforts, no debris huts for these ole bones.) But still able to carry with ease for paddling trips.
Sheer coincidence that Dawn and i have the same title for our posts... too funny!! http://www.sandybottomkayaker.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The challenge to kayak the entire 4,225 miles of the Amazon River – the world’s longest and largest – in a source-to-sea attempt to establish the solo speed record AND the fastest time of anyone to complete the course. This is similar to combining the Tour de France and an Everest ascent into one treacherous challenge - more...
Monday, May 9, 2011
Marissa was in the QCC 500 and I was in the Sea Wind; I've said it before this kid can paddle. Her first time out this year in a solo boat and I had to pay attention before she scooted away on me.
Met up with Emily #2 daughter for lunch, (she is thinking of transferring to U.W. Madison) and was checking things out with some friends.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Back home Sandy and I went out for a high wind up hill paddle on the Oconomowoc River from Concord - to Ocononowoc; or at least in that direction. We only went a mere 5 miles in the current and wind, but it was over two hours of paddling. (needing to leave room for my Sunday afternoon nap)
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I feel all rested. - The Capt'n