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.
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
Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show and you’ll know what I mean
it’s the season
– Bellamy Brothers
The annual Fog Bowl is coming up this January 1st, 2013.. OR maybe it isn’t. It’s hard to tell. If you were to go back about 6 or 7 years you’d see an occasional news report, you’d find details on a variety of websites including at the Mad City Paddler’s website. Mad City, seemed to be the defacto organizers of the event. This year it would take the great Sherlock Holmes himself to divine out whether the event is actually going on or not. Well, I’m going paddling on Lake Columbia to celebrate the new year anyway…. Continue reading
“And a great time was had by all!” You already know that byline right? We all went to the symposium and we all learned stuff, connected with old friends, and had a great, fantastic, marvelous time! That’s true too. We did. As for me, I finally was able to actually paddle Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. In fact, since we took a few camera nuts out, it meant we were not under any pressure to do a 15 mile day or hit some arbitrary target that standard day trips seem to impose. Instead we diddled and dawdled. If you ask me, that’s as it should be. To my mind, flying by the scenery just to hit some arbitrary target misses the whole point entirely. I could lead dawdle trips every year!
I spent time teaching rolling with Mr. Salsa Hip himself, Roy Martin. Roy’s got his own way of teaching of course, but when people try to get too judgmental about it, they should also note his success rate. It’s pretty good. In fact, I share many points of view with Roy, even if we may express it in different ways. It doesn’t matter if you are teaching Euro rolls or traditional Greenland style, the foundation of Greenland rolling will bring people along faster and give them a more “bomb proof” roll in the long run. I can teach people a C2C or a modified sweep in old school style, but honestly if this is their first roll, I feel like I’m robbing them of some important foundation skills.. That’s why I tend to begin with a traditional rolling structure even if I know it will end up applying to a Euro roll. I think the best part of the weekend for me was churning out students with a brand new balance brace.. Especially since I can’t do it. I’m not sure how that works, but it does… Go fig!
So yeah, GLSKS was a great gig. It always is.
So here’s a mid-week non-kayak related post.. wait.. no.. there is a kayak thing in here.. Well, I’ll get to that! So anyway if you are one of the many Wisconsin paddlers who follows along here OR you are close enough, and like to go play at Wisconsin Dells Water Parks I have something for you. Over at my DevilsLakeWisconsin.com blog I’m giving away 4 free tickets to the Kalahari Indoor Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells. So, if you’re sort of local… check it out.
If you are a paddler who just wishes they could take better pictures, or better pictures when you are out in your kayak.. Well, I’m going to be doing a class on that at the Great Lakes Sea Kayaking Symposium held in Grand Marais, Michigan from July 18th – 22nd. I’d love to have you join me for that one. We’re not going to get all F-stop & Aperture crazy in this one, we’re simply going to look at creative ways to bring home nice pics.. I mean, at least that’s what it says in this blog!
Oh, and today’s title? Well, that’s the picture; plants in water.. I could have done, “wet hiking boot in water with muddy sock”.. but it just didn’t have the same poetic, ZING!
Have a great day!
What do you learn when you get a phone call from paddling sorcerer Kelly Blades? Why the answers to the mysteries of the universe of course! Well, not ALL of the answers, BUT I did learn that I’ll will be joining the annual pilgrimage to Grand Marais, Michigan July 18th through the 22nd to “confer, converse, and otherwise hob-nob with my fellow wizards” at the 2012 Great Lakes Sea Kayak Symposium. Of course I’m not allowed to share the secret spells or tell the tales of things to come. Not yet anyway, but I can say that a magical experience will be had by all who join the circle and dance around the fire on the shores of lake Superior… High heels are optional…
Oh, don’t even think summer of 2012 is coming together yet around here. I swear to Yoda, I get less organized every year. I was invited to drag my hide, my kayak & my camera over to Michigan’s Qajaq Training Camp for a bit of mentoring and shuttered lensing this August. I’m looking forward to it. The last time I went was in 2008 and it’s certainly time again. I can honestly say, there are days I long for the sandy dunes of Michigan’s rugged shoreline. There’s something really powerful in that landscape. Can’t wait!