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Brazil in the Garden

Brazil in the Chicago Botanic Garden

It thrilled me to receive an invitation to the Brazil in the Garden exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden for two reasons. First of all, I have only visited the Garden on their Father’s Day Canoe Paddle adventure. I have guided this paddle with the Friend’s of the Chicago River for three years. Other than […]

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GoPro Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon GoPro time lapse

This last Sunday, I completed my second Chicago Marathon.  It was the first time I incorporated a GoPro. I used the GoPro Hero 4 and mounted it via the chest mount. I can report the I did not experience any chafing from wearing the mount. It felt comfortable. I used the ten second time lapse […]

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Orvis Chicago Wingshooting School

Orvis Chicago Wingshooting School adventure

My favorite activities in the outdoors include hiking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing. Sometimes these activities are lumped together and referred to as silent sports. This does not mean I do not like the opposite  of silent sports. For instance, I have enjoyed snowmobiling and fishing from a bass boat in the past. Similarly, I had a […]

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Big Shoulders

Chicago Marathon Big Shoulders Racing Team

The last time I ran the Chicago Marathon, I crossed my fingers and joined the lottery. Lucky for me, I won and got to run 26.2 miles. I was sure happy I won that contest. This year, I am leaving nothing to chance. I joined the Chicago Marathon Big Shoulders Racing Team. Related: Traveling Ted […]

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Lumberjack Championship

The Stihl Timbersports Lumberjack Championship

I arrived just in time to Tinley Park to grab a selfie with the Lumbersexuals.  They just graduated to lumberjack after training with lumberjack Adrian Flygt and competing against each other. With the selfie, it was obvious that even though they were no longer lumbersexuals, they have not strayed too far from their roots. Related: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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