Scoresby Sound: orca, Vikings, and kayaks

There are places around the world that are better known than Scoresby Sound. In fact, just about any place you name is more likely to be recognised by a random person than Scoresby Sound, but this body of water is one of the most amazing places that I have ever been. As the name unambiguously…


Kayaking: Ocean versus River

There’s always been a rivalry between the sea and rivers. Of course I’m not actually referring to rivers and seas themselves, but rather the sailors—both amateur and professional—who take to their waters on a regular basis. In books, for example, from times before steam power or internal combustion engines there are regular references to river…


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…