Yesterday we finally able to get out onto our local lake (Devil’s Lake State Park). Here it is mid way through April and the ice is just now breaking up and melting off of the lake. Well, I guess I’ve been spoiled, it’s not really unusual to wait until mid-April to see open water here in central Wisconsin, but it has been a few years since winter has hung on so long. Continue reading
It’s spring in Wisconsin and as is typical this time of year, we’re all complaining about the weather. Me too. Not because I think spring is late or that winter is clinging on too long. I know it’s not. In fact, it’s a pretty average Wisconsin spring. No, I can happily complain about an average Wisconsin spring, just because it feels like I’ve waited forever to get back outside in my kayak. So yesterday, it really didn’t matter that the rain was coming down in mats or that the air temperature was clinging somewhere just above freezing. I’d found some open water and I was going kayaking…. dammit! Continue reading
Baraboo might be a small town, but we do have a great pool for winter kayak sessions. Local paddler Jack Burton has organized a series of monthly pool sessions to work on rolling and other skills here at the Baraboo Middle School Pool. Cost is $3 per person ($4 for out-of-towners) and $5 for your kayak. So for about 10 bucks you can kayak the warm waters of the Baraboo Pool. The dates in 2013 are Saturdays; Jan 5, Feb 16, Mar 2, and Apr 13; all sessions from 4-6PM. These sessions are open to all paddlers, and there are some experienced rollers there to help you master your skills. I’ll be there as well of course.. I’ll be the one who rarely comes up for air! For map and other details download the info sheet below.
Whenever I want you around, yeah.
All I gotta do,
Is call you on the phone,
And you’ll come running home,
Yeah, that’s all I gotta do.
This morning I warmed up the old Victrola… (Um, opened my Itunes.) and felt the urge to listen to Meet The Beatles. Yeah, I go vintage sometimes! Actually as a kid of the late 60s and early 70′s the Beatles were just turning “vintage” by the time I first picked up a guitar. Anyway, the thought that entered my mind as the song, “All I’ve Got To Do” started playing was that sometimes we just need to go back to base, to re-center ourselves. I’ve learned to do that many times in my kayak when the conditions around me started making me feel a bit twitchy. Continue reading
Well, it’s Wednesday. The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to work. Great! I need a rest! We closed out the holidays by spending the last day of the year snowshoeing then we got up on New Year’s day to paddle at the annual Fog Bowl. We got about an hour to rest. (I spent that hour running to my grandmother’s to fill her birdfeeder!) Then it was off to Devil’s Lake State Park for the evening’s First Day Twilight Snowshoe. Continue reading
Certain fads, stripes and plaids, singles ads
They run you hot and cold like a rheostat, I mean a thermostat
So you bite on a towel / Hope it won’t hurt too bad
- andrew bird
So here’s the thing about New Years… Staying up until midnight eventually turns into a big drag. Not always, of course. Sometimes there’s a party to go to, or maybe you’ll enjoy a quiet celebration at home with your family.. but drinking yourself stupid or watching the plasticine, humanesque caricatures display their mental deficiencies on television just gets old. Oh, and it’s totally not cool to spend the first day of a new year inside, being sick. Continue reading