Thoughts on how to improve your kayaking

You’re probably a water-lover if you’re reading this. Let’s say you’re out there as often as possible and sometimes after work in the good weather to paddle away the hours in the your favourite beautiful bodies of water soaking in the wondrous nature. At a certain point however there’s only so much kayaking you can…


A half-day trip on Hatchet Creek

This was a half-day trip and since we had never gone down this creek before there would be new territory to explore. We put in at a place off US 280 where the creek was about 12 feet wide. Trees were lying across the water, stretching from one bank to the other, for as far…


Tips for getting the right kayak

Let’s say that you had a marvellous time when you caught up with friends this past summer. You went to the river, had a lovely picnic, maybe a drink or two, and later went out with your buddy in his or her canoe or kayak for a relaxing paddle in that marvellous afternoon sunshine. Now…


In praise of kayaking

I’ve never been a big fan of the kind of blog that glorifies sport. Some writers imbue sport with a sort of mysticism, as if a set of man-made rules could somehow be a microcosm for the entirety of human experience. There are those writers too who rely all too heavily on the sports metaphor.…


Five of the best rivers to kayak

1. Colorado River. There are many people who may not recognise the name of this river, but the world over people have heard of the Colorado River’s most impressive natural works: the Grand Canyon. For millions and millions of year the river carved out of the desert the largest canyon in the world, which attracts…


Canoeing the world over

Canoe Boat

The canoe and the kayak are some of the world’s oldest forms of transport. Clearly these forms of transportation have been around since people have lived in areas with substantial bodies of water. At the time of writing, the oldest known canoe is a dugout canoe, discovered in the Netherlands, where it is currently housed…


Frozen fingers and wet

Since the water was cold and the air was cool, I was extra careful not to turn over. We made good time and enjoyed the trip since it was the first time any of us had paddled in the winter. George and I carried extra clothes in our dry bags, Steve didnt plan on getting…


The Famous Grouse

Canoe 2

Day One: Word of a good thing travels fast. Bob and George talked with Bill about last years trip and it wasnt long before Bill was hunting up a canoe. Mad Max, who grew up in Goodwater but is no relation to anyone in our group, called George one day out of the blue and…


Bob and Gwyn Willis had just moved

Boat

Day One: Bob and Gwyn Willis had just moved to Montgomery from San Antonio Texas where Bob had retired from a career in the military as a Colonel in the Army. Meg, Stephen and I were visiting Mary and George when Bob and Gwen stopped by on their way to Lineville. I hadnt seen them…


Three Days on Hatchet

Canoe

Day One: Lightning flashed as we tied our canoes on top of Steves Blazer. The weather forecast called for rain all night with clearing skies by morning. The next day, the water level was full and slightly stained. The sky was clear and blue, a perfect day to begin our first three-day canoe/camping trip. George…