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

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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

My Great Week

This trip has been amazing. The views, the people, the pure joy of being on the water, but there might not be a week yet that I've enjoyed as much as this one. Knowing for awhile that my buddy and best friend Sam Bales was going to be joining me on the water, I had … Continue reading My Great Week

A Little Taste of the Big Adventure

"A Little Taste of the Big Adventure" Photos and post written by Sam Bales So I decided to come do some paddling with my best friend Matthew, as he makes his way down the western side of the Michigan coast in Lake Michigan. The timing for my vacation from work was perfect because he had … Continue reading A Little Taste of the Big Adventure

The Break

The Break was much needed! After having a rough stretch dealing with the trouble losing my fin, then the replacement...getting away from the water for a few days was a good option. Getting to see my parents in Frankfort was so needed. They might not always hear that I appreciate all the little things they … Continue reading The Break

Beating the Heat

It's 12:30am. I'm laying in my tent trying to convince myself to get up to take a leak. It has been 51 days and my body was letting me know it for sure. I knew the Great Lakes would be one of the biggest tests of the trip, and after a big day battling headwinds … Continue reading Beating the Heat

“To Infinity and Beyond”

OK a new morning...a new start...a better day! That's what I had to hope and believe as I strapped my gear down to venture out on Saturday  Day 46. Not only was I getting back on the water after my big flip, but I was doing so having to cross Traverse Bay. It was probably … Continue reading “To Infinity and Beyond”

“Oh Shit”

Pardon my french, but there was just no other way to being this chapter of the story. Things were starting to look up at the end of day 40. I had a huge guest room on Bill's boat and a bed to sleep on. I was ready to get back into the swing of things … Continue reading “Oh Shit”