Durable Enough For Your Worst Ideas

March 08, 2017

Snow kayaking

Spend enough time on this website and you’ll stumble upon a video of a man assaulting an Oru kayak with a hammer before unceremoniously tossing the boat off a roof. The first time I watched it, I actually gasped and pressed my hand to my chest like a damsel in some old-timey Western.

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Touring Belize’s No-Tourist Island

February 23, 2017

Kayaking with turtles

I get up before dawn and the air is wet. It always is on this one-acre of sand, with 80 or so palm trees, sitting 12 miles from land. After just one week on Carrie Bow Caye, all the pages of my paperback copy of “Euphoria” have curled in the sea spayed air.  There is a light breeze and constant hum of waves. Fifty yards away, safety spotlights illuminate three Mexican-style skiffs moored off the island’s eastern side.

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An Ode To Kayak Camping

February 14, 2017

Kayaking with fall colors

We recently had the opportunity to do a multi-day kayaking trip through the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness in upstate New York. Not only is it the largest designated canoe area in the Northeast, but it has some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the entire country. We arrived in the middle of October and the leaves were just starting to turn. Fiery yellows, oranges, and reds surrounded us. Winter would soon be on its way, but until then, we planned to chase the autumn rainbow of color for as long as we could.

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Sonic Paddling

February 08, 2017

Rainy lake kayaking

Once upon a time I found myself in an upper level college course called Creative Musicianship 391. Our first assignment of the semester was to take a sonic walk. Naturally everybody’s like, “Ayo teach, WTF is a sonic walk?”  We were tasked with strolling the streets of Ann Arbor later that evening and listening intently to whatever noise our ears could pick up. For one hour we had to walk, or sit, but always be listening - to the loud and quiet, near and far.

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Defending The Fun

February 01, 2017

Make America Kayak Again

On Saturday, January 21, while two and half million other people across the globe participated in the Women’s March, I was at the beach.

“I am so selfish right now,” I thought as our truck passed the small group of people gathered by the side of the road on the Big Island of Hawai’i, signs in hand, faces steely with determination.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

January 25, 2017

Kayaking backpacking

This is quite possibly my favorite way to take advantage of my kayak. A relatively easy hike to a mountain lake leverages the lightweight packability of an Oru while providing accessibility unavailable to the average hiker.

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