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Skokie Lagoons moonlight paddle adventure

Each of the last two years I have guided a group of lucky paddlers for a Skokie Lagoons moonlight paddle. A moonlight paddle anywhere is automatically an adventure. Usually when I have paddled at night it has been an unintended unfortunate circumstance from a trip that took too long due to poor planning from a stretch […]


Okefenokee Swamp bobcat sighting

It was one of the worst days in my adventure travel life. I stupidly had my GoPro filming as I was navigating a narrow stretch of cypress trees in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. An immature night heron caught my eye and I sharply turned the canoe to take a picture. My GoPro tipped over […]

North Branch Skokie Lagoons

Chicago River and Skokie Lagoons GoPro action

A couple of weeks ago the Friends of the Chicago River volunteer canoe guides spent a beautiful day on the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Skokie Lagoons. We took turns practicing canoe rescues in the event that a guest dumps. We then paddled south towards the North Branch of the Chicago River […]

Canoeopia 2016

Canoecopia speakers 2016

I have been to Canoecopia several times before, but I usually only go for one day, so it makes it difficult to get the full experience. This year I spent two days at the convention, so I was able to do a lot more. The highlight was seeing six Canoecopia speakers. Canoecopia is the world’s […]

Paddling Wisconsin

Paddling Wisconsin and Best Tent Camping

Living in Chicago and being an outdoor adventure travel blogger, one of my favorite getaways for weekends is to nearby Wisconsin. I have been canoeing, hiking, and cross-country skiing throughout this state for 30 years. I am pretty familiar with the rivers, the hiking trails, the camping spots, and the cross-country ski trails. Even though […]