Happy Birthday Michigan

Happy Birthday Michigan! I couldn't have dreamed of starting my Big Adventure anywhere other than in Michigan, and I'm happy today to wish this beautiful state a happy 180th birthday! I was born in Lapeer, Michigan and ever since I can remember, Michigan is always where I have considered "home". Sure I have lived in … Continue reading Happy Birthday Michigan

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My Realization

A few weeks ago, I started a paddle down the Scioto River that I always wanted to take. Ever since my buddy Sam and I first paddled this river in Columbus after college, a piece of me has always wanted to finish this paddle the rest of the way to the Ohio River and head … Continue reading My Realization

My Apology

Dear Ohio, I am truly sorry. I misjudged you! Sincerely, Matthew For many of you that have been following along with the blog, you may have seen that before this trip, I had road tripped and have been to 46 of the lower 48 states. Once upon a time, after seeing the beauty in other … Continue reading My Apology

Thank you Michigan

Before I get ready to move on to the next state along my adventure, it's only fitting to look back at my time in Michigan. I couldn't have started in a better state, and those of you I met there and or helped me out along my way, will never be forgotten. I launched on … Continue reading Thank you Michigan

It’s go time!

I'm Baaaaccckkkkk!!! Well almost. In fact in T-minus 3 days. I'm so excited to once again get back on the water to the new adventures, new experiences and hopefully many new friends along the way! First and foremost though before launching, there are definitely a few people I have to mention before I head back … Continue reading It’s go time!

Looking for More

"Maybe there's more than the treasures we secure That become heavy chains, to sink us in tidal waves." ~Brian Fallon It sounds cliche so often when people say that life is more than money. It's more than just accumulating things and what you do for a living that defines who you are. The reason it's … Continue reading Looking for More

Just What I Needed

There are two ways you can look at everything in life. You can dwell on the negative. You can let it consume you, until it slowly destroys all the hope and good that could come from the things you do. Or... You can look at the positive. You can find the good in every situation … Continue reading Just What I Needed

Trouble in Paradise

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." ~Maya Angelou Oh this silly adventure has a funny way of keeping you humble. … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise

Ol King Cole and Other Tales

"Ol King Cole was a merry old soul..." And a truer phrase could not have been spoken. But we will get to King and friends in a second. 1st we have to back track to Saturday. Saturday was Day 67 and after a great night in the Nordhouse Dunes it was off to Ludington. Little … Continue reading Ol King Cole and Other Tales

Attitude is Everything

  Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~Thomas Jefferson On Friday, day 66 came with knowing I would have to say goodbye to Sam. I was up at six and finished arranging the last few … Continue reading Attitude is Everything