Big Bay Getaway

Author: Stephen

biglake

I looked down at the islands and peninsulas off of Marquette. There were a couple of kayaks off in the distance, and seeing how small they were made me queasy.

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redrockwaterfall

Stephen is past the halfway point of this summer’s expedition, the southern shore of Lake Superior.

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Safe Harbor

Author: Stephen

Panowaves

It was sunny and breezy as I paddled east toward the Ontonagon breakwall. Three-foot waves were breaking over the left rear quarter of my canoe, and I had to pay close attention and correct my stroke for each one.

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sandstonebluffs

Lake slippery as silk. Gentle tailwind puffing me along. The biggest quiet I’ve been in in a long, long time.

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A Superior Week

Author: Stephen

Rain Day

On each of my previous trips, the first week was the most challenging. So far, Superior has been no different in that regard. Worries about whether I have the right clothing, enough or too little food, where I will stay, if I’m prepared for an emergency, unknown wind and waves…

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Stephen3lores

“My previous four trips have been wonderful, but I’m especially excited about this one. People for years have been asking me, ‘When are you going to do the Big One?’ Well, here I go.”

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Self portrait at the end of Lake Ontario circumnavigation. (Plenty of time for photography since he had to wait three days for a ride home!)

I know it’s hard to tell, since we did not post the grand finale. He embarked on July 14, 2013 and finished on August 29, 2013. It was the fastest trip yet, the shortest coastline to paddle. Lake Ontario took a toll, though.

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Canoe People

Author: Stephen

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I was just finishing my dinner when a handsome guy carrying a sail bag came sauntering down the beach. He said hi, asked me what I was up to, and then wanted to know all about my trip. “Hey,” he said, “you want to go sailing with me

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More Military Aid

Author: Stephen

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…he asked if I was staying at the marina that night. I said I had hoped to, but it wasn’t allowed. Without a hesitation, he said that I could stay on his sailboat, which he docked there. He said it would be empty, and I was welcome. He told me his name, Fletch, and gave me his card. He runs the SailAbility program at the marina, which is part of an international program that uses customized sailboats to teach sailing to disabled.

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Pulled into Belleville Harbour, where the Moira River enters Quinte Bay, about two weeks ago. I only paddled about five miles, after camping near Pointe Anne the night before. I was tired, and the wind was picking up, and I needed a short day.

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