Huron River Fall Paddling – Start Kayaking


Fall can be a great time to paddle, few power boats, can be warm, and the trees can be in full fall color.  Can also be a time to start kayaking if you have been putting it off all summer. Such was the case for a Huron River Paddle from Little Portage Lake to the […]

Paddle To Hell And Back


Hell Michigan that is on the chain of lakes in the Pinckney Recreation Area.  The launch site was on Bruin Lake at the state camp ground boat launch.  We had a very small turn out for a paddle sponsored by the Cross Roads Group of the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club.  They just don’t […]

Kayak Rescue Greenland Style


Getting caught up on some of the videos I recorded at Qajaq Training Camp.  Greenland kayaks can be difficult to get back into with a wet exit due to the tight fit, so the best way to recover from a roll is to have a your paddling partner do a rescue assist.  The video shows […]

Greenland Kayak Training Camp Weekend – Qajaq USA


Over a long 4 day weekend I had a very different and very enjoyable experience at the Qajaq (pronounced kayak) Training Camp.  It is called training camp because it is a training and learning event, with lots of mentoring, and I’m just guessing the camp part because it is held at a private camp – […]

This Week is QAJAQ Training Camp


Busy this week getting ready for my first QAJAQ training camp event.  This is specifically for Greenland Kayaks and traditional paddles.  Taking my Greenland Kayak now ready for paddling after some adjustments were made to sitting position and added some deck lines.  For more information about the yearly event which is limited to just 30 […]

Kayak Rolling Demo GLSKS


While I was attending the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium I watched a kayak rolling demo put on by Doug VanDoran (hope I spelled his last name right).  His day job is a Paster, so he does not get much kayak paddling time and has adopted rolling as his past time.  I have uploaded three […]

We Did What Nobody Else Was Allowed To Do


We did not realize it until later but we did what the HCMA was not letting anyone else do – paddle down the Huron River on a hot summer day with a nice river water level.  The HCMA was making and enforcing restrictions to the river’s use, like they own the Huron River.  They closed […]

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium 2011 in Grand Marias MI


Following up from my previous posting about the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium  I wanted to mention some more impressions about the event.   I arrived in Grand Marais Michigan  in the “UP” on Wednesday afternoon making good time from Dexter Mi area in six and a half hours of driving, with 30 minutes spent […]

Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium


I attended the Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium July 13th through the 17th held in Grand Marais Michigan in the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. This is perhaps the reason I have not been able to blog for a week.  WIFI is available there but limited, motels may advertise it but have no signal, wireless […]

Zukey Lake Tavern Run – Again


Nine sea kayakers made the 14 mile trip from Portage Lake to Zukey Lake just to paddle for beer.  Two people had a Hell of A Ride the day before, riding 100 miles on their road bikes.  We had a good paddle, river down from last time, not much power boat traffic on the way […]