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Psychedelic Island

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 […]

Long Lake Michigan

Five great boating memories

With the summer in full swing and the 4th of July weekend already upon us, now is the perfect time to create boating memories. Boating is a great way to spend time with family or by yourself surrounded by nature. Although I am more of a canoe/kayak guy, I have had some wonderful times in my past […]

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 […]

Group canoeing GoPro selfie

Little Calumet River group canoeing GoPro selfie

I had the pleasure to guide the Chicago chapter of the Outdoor Afro club. A group that inspires and connects African-Americans from Chicago to nature. They are part of a national organization that does the same thing throughout the country. We paused halfway through our canoe outing down the Little Calumet River for a group […]

North Branch of the Chicago River

Chicago River GoPro time lapse videos

This is the year I really discovered the Chicago River. I have canoed stretches south and north of the city and done architectural tours downtown, but I had never paddled the best sections. For people who love the outdoors and canoeing, the North Branch of the Chicago River is the most outstanding section. This post […]

Chicago Botanic Gardens Father's Day

Chicago Botanic Gardens canoeing adventure

If you have been to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, you may have done a double take when you saw the title of this post “Chicago Botanic Gardens canoeing adventure” because canoes are not allowed here. If you would have thought that, you would be correct because normally boats are not permitted here. There is one […]

Chicago River canoe rescue

Chicago River canoe rescue training

The guides for the Friends of the Chicago River gathered at Skokie Lagoons yesterday in order to tune up their Chicago River canoe rescue skills. In order to efficiently help our customers in case they should tip their canoe on a trip, it is essential we learn and practice these emergency skills. Chicago River canoe […]