Hanging Around

Author: Stephen

Laying in the hammock under a mid afternoon rain, almost wishing I had pushed off this morning. The weather forecast called for a lot more than this. Yesterday was my first day on the water in two and a half days, and prior to that I’d only paddled about 25 miles in a week, having [...]

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Wind Break

Author: Ruth

Ready for action!

…now a succession of storms and wind has kept him pinned to the west shoulder of the peninsula that becomes Whitefish Point.

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Washburn Iron Works mural near Apostle Islands.

Fantastic Washburn Iron Works mural on the Bayfield Peninsula near the Apostle Islands. (We were walking around waiting for Stephen’s clothes to dry…yes, he does laundry when he can!)

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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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