Archive for the 'Canoeing' Category

Podcast of January 7th Interview

Friday, January 8th, 2016

If you weren’t able to listen to the broadcast yesterday, you can listen to the podcast of the interview at  The discussion focused mainly on getting started in paddling with information about the different paddling disciplines and a few important points to keep in mind when buying equipment and looking for instruction.  If you […]

Enough Said?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

I can’t emphasize enough the extreme danger of paddling in cold water without wearing the proper clothing for immersion in that water.  COLD WATER KILLS!!!! Right now we are experiencing an unusually warm spell in mid March here in southeast Wisconsin.  The air temperature today is in the 70’s.  However, the water temperatures are still […]

Reminiscing “Old School”

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

As I was doing a bit of tidying up in my office, I came across a stack of books that in paddle sports would be considered “ancient history”.  They are my collection of instructional paddling books published before 1980.  I have them listed below. My “Old School” Collection of Paddle Sport Books The All-Purpose Guide […]

Paddler’s Fall “To-Do” List

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about. If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season. If you prefer not to paddle in anything […]

Retiring a Life Jacket

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In over 20 years of canoeing and kayaking, I did something recently that I have never had to do before – I had to retire a life jacket from service due to equipment failure.  As I was getting my equipment ready before a class, I noticed the tear in the fabric around the neck.  I […]

Looking for Things to Do?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I just got home from attending a planning meeting for WACKO, which stands for Waterford Area Canoe & Kayak Outing (not a support group for paddling nuts).  The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 6th, this year.  It’s a great event for all paddlers regardless of the type of boat you paddle or your skill […]

Fun is Just Around the Corner!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s still a little cold for most people to be paddling in Wisconsin since most of the water is still frozen.  But it won’t be long now.  Temperatures going above freezing and the shrinking snow piles incite almost terminal cases of spring fever.  The only real cure for paddlers is the coming of warmer air […]

Winter Canoe/Kayak Storage

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I have a total of 19 boats stored in my garage over the winter , and my husband and I can still get both of our cars in the garage, as well.  We have an average 22′ x 22′ two-car garage with a small 8′ x 12′ tool shed in the yard where we store […]

Fall Maintenance for Canoes and Kayaks

Monday, September 27th, 2010

As I promised in my blog on “Repair Kits for Kayaking”, I am going to spend a little time talking about the routine maintenance that you should be doing on your canoes and/or kayaks.  Fall is officially here and most paddlers in the upper half of North America will soon be putting their boats into […]

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