July 16, 2017

I know there are those out there who enjoy kayaking and others who prefer canoeing and they wouldn't consider trying the other form of paddling. Perhaps you fall into one of these camps.

My response to you is that you don't know what you're missing.

I grew up in New Engl...

June 14, 2016

A little over a month ago, I ventured into a local REI store to look for certain paddling accessories. Now I love REI and shop there frequently. I also went into my local Dicks store to see about getting some swim goggles and nose plugs for practicing my Eskimo rolls....

February 18, 2016

It’s time to set the record straight. Which is the clear winner? A canoe or a kayak. It’s a question I am frequently asked, and my answer is very simple. What type of paddling interests you and will you be doing it by yourself or with family members? Let’s break down e...

January 12, 2016

Paddling at night under the stars, a glowing moon, or the Aurora Boreallis can be a magical time, but it isn't without a certain amount of risk from a possible encounter with another boat. How do warn other boaters by letting them know where you're at on the water?


September 19, 2015

People with physical or mental disabilities can paddle with either minor or no adaptations. There's no better proof of this than a recent Tualatin Riverkeepers paddle trip I led for a group of people with disabilities.

A couple of participants were severely disabled, be...

July 9, 2015

I read in the national news recently about three canoeing accidents that happened over the fourth of July weekend. Two of the incidents were fatal, the other wasn’t but easily could have been.

In the first news article I read, three teens were paddling a canoe on Basswo...

January 6, 2015

A woman recently posted a question on my Facebook page about purchasing a used kayak and how long fiberglass and composite kayaks last. I wrote back to her that it depends on how well the boat is treated and maintained. I thought I would explore her question in greater...

January 5, 2015

Christmas has come and gone, and no doubt you got a REI, LL Bean, Dick's, or Cabelas gift card for Christmas. What to use the card on you ask? Well, if you have some extended paddling trips scheduled this year, like Paddle Oregon 2015, now is the ideal time to start th...

October 4, 2014

So I set out Saturday with a group of kayakers and one other canoe on the Tualatin Riverkeepers' Fall Colors Paddle. The trip was the first opportunity I had to try out the new bent blade paddle I had recently purchased. I felt the paddle helped increase my speed somew...

September 28, 2014

This was a great weekend if you're a paddler and in need of a new (or used) boat or gear. Both Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe and Next Adventure held their annual fall boat sale. I had to choose which sale to attend because I couldn't attend both. Since I had a $50 gift c...

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