Archive for the 'Sherri’s Musings' Category

What is “acceptable risk”?

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

I’ve been wrestling with this question for many years ever since my brother died in a sky-diving accident leaving a wife and young daughter behind, and our parents with just one surviving child – me.  At the time, I was just starting to get more serious about my own sea kayaking activities, but I had […]

New “Mentor Program”

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Many kayakers, like myself, have benefited from the personal encouragement, guidance, and instruction of more experienced paddlers received when we were newbies first getting into the sport.  Those “mentors” helped us avoid getting into serious trouble, picked up our spirits when we despaired over learning a difficult skill, and pointed us in the right direction […]

Give Local, Buy Local

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Most of us are probably in the process of buying gifts for the upcoming holidays in our families.  As you make your purchase decisions, I would ask you to strongly consider supporting local, independent businesses in your area.  (As paddlers, you probably have spent some money in at least one of these small, local paddle […]

Thanksgiving Upon The Sea

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Five years ago, Nancy Koeppen shared the following poem written by Bob Carter on the Milwaukee Sea Kayakers Yahoo Site.  As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving, I’d like to share this poem with all of my readers. “Thanksgiving Upon The Sea”  by Bob Carter O Creator of the glorious stars of the heavens above […]

The Paddler’s Creed

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Last month, while teaching kayaking at a local high school pool, I noticed a motivational poster taped on the window of the swim team’s office.  It was sort of a “creed” for swimmer’s.  It got me thinking that we, as canoeists and kayakers, needed something similar.  With apologies to the U.S.  Swimming Foundation, I must […]

The Importance of Instruction

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

If you want to take your paddling skills to the highest level you can achieve, it is extremely important to get good instruction right from the beginning.  This little bit of advice may seem fairly self-evident and not particularly earth-shattering which is maybe why it is so often overlooked and ignored by beginning paddlers. I’m […]

Are You Carrying Illegal Substances in Your Kayak?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

On October 28, 2009, the State of Wisconsin enacted legislation that prohibits the transport of water or plants from one body of water to another on your boat, boat trailer, vehicle, or other gear. For kayakers that means that you need to make sure that you clean all water, mud, and weeds from the inside […]

The Education of a Paddler

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I’ve been reading some kayak-related blogs recently, something I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do before now.  Some are pretty interesting, some just seem to be a clearing house for press releases, and a few are a little scary.  The internet can be a great tool for finding information, just keep in […]

Time to Head South

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It looks as if our January thaw is over and we’re headed back into the deep freeze.  Time to think about heading someplace warm for a week or two. There are almost an unlimited number of places that you could go if money is no object, but I have a suggestion for those of you […]

Computers Cause Kayak Injuries

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

I’ve had this dull, aggravating pain in my right upper arm all summer.  Even after the paddling season ended, it hasn’t gone away.  I was getting really concerned starting to imagine that I may have a bicep tear or some problem with my rotator cuff.  It wasn’t excruciating, so I didn’t want to waste the […]

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