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

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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

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

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”

My Bad Day

I made up my mind to never have another bad day in my life. ~Patch Adams The day was going perfect. The sun was out. The waves were huge, and I had just remembered how to be a kid in Lake Michigan. Snorkling, swimming and diving in wave after wave...it gave me a rush...and the … Continue reading My Bad Day

The Bridge and the Roller Coaster

"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else." ~Mr. Rogers Well this week has taken me to the top of the mountain, and then tumbling back down. I guess it's good to stay humble and the trip this week, made sure it did just that for … Continue reading The Bridge and the Roller Coaster