Big Sky and Two Wheels

We drove through the Great Plains states on our way west, through Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana on Route 2. The two most impressive things were flatness and windiness. The northern plains states aren’t table top flat; the land undulates ever so gently. Every once in a while there is a big rock outcropping plopped …

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Nordic Golf and Milkshakes

When our neighbors Dave and Robin found out we were passing near their vacation hangout in Minocqua Wisconsin, they said we’d have to stop on our way. That’s a good enough reason for us to make a short detour, even though we see them often enough at home. We dropped our jacks at Patricia Lake …

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Stops Along the Way

(Photos by Ben Price) Whether I was with my parents or grandparents the experience was the same—travel involved suffering. Oh, sure there are lots of pictures showing us smiling and doing vacation stuff, but friends, there was suffering in the journey. On family trips there was no stopping to eat or take in a view, …

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Good Paddling: Wakulla River, Florida

As with all my hobbies involving any athleticism I started paddling seriously later in life. When I was in college I spent time on the Youghiogheny and New rivers rafting and kayaking in these inflatable kayaks they called “duckies.” Once I started working I only hit the water a few times on canoe trips or rafting …

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Good Paddling: Saint Joseph Bay, Florida.

In February we stayed at a campground called Presnell’s in the town of Port Saint Joe, located on St. Joseph Bay. The bay is beautiful and protected by a spit of island called Cape San Blas. If you come to Port Saint Joe looking for what Ben calls “trinkets and trash,” there are one or …

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Good Paddling: Dead Lakes, Wewahitchka Florida

Along the coast of the Florida panhandle there are slivers of barrier island that protect the shoreline that create small bays. We spend our winters hanging out at the bays of St. Joseph and Apalachicola. Paddling in the bays is fun, but not the only attraction. There are many interesting places to paddle just up …

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