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Sea Kayaking in the Virgin Islands

12.15.2006

Story and Photos by Tom Bolfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 “Shark! Shark! Right below you!” my wife, Cree, shouts through her snorkel. Suddenly the Jimmy Buffet song that has been playing in my head screeches to a halt, replaced by the sound of my pounding heart. Looking below my snorkel fins, I see it, […]

Crossing the Sea of Cortez

11.07.2006

by Ric Gelman and Dan Heldenreich first appeared in Canoe and Kayak Oct. 2006 There was no mistaking what we heard. The sound of so much air being expelled by enormous lungs was startling. How could a living, breathing creature be so huge? We were only 50 feet away from a massive finback whale in […]

Waterfalls on Colorado’s San Juan River

10.27.2006

A deluge on the San Juan River lifted a fun float into a new level.

Contoocook River, New Hampshire

10.17.2006

Like many Bostonians on weekends, the Contoocook River flows north, fleeing city life for farmlands and woods and finding special solace in the golden hue of fall foliage season, when the oak, maple, and birch trees begin to turn. And like some Commonwealth dwellers, the ‘Took can also be pushy and volatile, thanks to the […]

Dog Island, Florida

10.17.2006

Why to go: As more and more humans crowd the globe, it has become harder to be at one with nature. Dog Island, however, offers paddlers a place to experience adventure and inspiration in the shrinking wilds of coastal Florida. This diamond in the gulf rises up just south of Carrabelle, in the eastern panhandle. […]

Preserving Lake Superior

10.06.2006

In July 1983 when we dipped our paddles for the first time into Lake Superior, we were part way into a voyage across Canada by canoe from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Beaufort Sea.

Kayakers Circumnavigate Lake Superior

09.19.2006

Two team members from the Wilderness Classroom Organization, Dave Freeman and Amy Voytilla will launch their Solstice GT kayaks in Grand Marais, Minnesota and begin a clockwise circumnavigation of Lake Superior.

Day on the Bay

09.06.2006

The way that Day on the Bay Services owner Captain James Arnold throws himself into his outfitting business, you’d never guess the man is, by his own telling, “semi-retired.”

Kayaking Toronto

09.01.2006

By Stephen Lew first appeared in May 2006 Canoe and Kayak Like many who live in Toronto but play outdoors, I’ve learned to brave the commute on crowded, polluted highways with the hope that my secret oasis hasn’t been developed into a Cottage Country suburb. And now, I’m floating in the middle of a lush […]

Boreal Experience

07.25.2006

> Why to go: Remote, uncrowded, and with mile after mile of Class I to III rapids, the Mistassibi Nord-Est is the perfect river for strong intermediate whitewater trippers. Situated in north-central Quebec, the Mistassibi runs through the heart of the expansive boreal forest, coursing its way downhill to its terminus in Lac Saint Jean. […]

Kooten-eh?

07.20.2006

A strong current zips us past a lush British Columbian forest and the chalky walls of a low canyon. Our Canadian Rockies Whitewater guidebook says that easy paddling will be interrupted by rapids up to Class III.

Three Spring-Fed Texas Hill Country Rivers

07.20.2006

The Central Texas Hills and Rivers region lies in the dead center of the Lone Star state, abounding with quaint small towns, friendly people, and spring-fed rivers that flow through a semi-arid desert land of mesquite, prickly pear cactus, live oaks, limestone bluffs and wide open blue skies.

Canoe Records Smashed in Yukon Quest

07.10.2006

Course records were crushed at the 2006 Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, held June 28-July 2. The overall winners, Brandon Nelson and David Kelly, smoked the 460-mile course in 40 hours, 37 minutes, and 5 seconds in a tandem kayak, lopping two and a half hours off the […]

Guadeloupe Kayaking

06.06.2006

The small islands of Les Saintes form an archipelago about an hour-long ferry ride from Pointe–Pitre to Terre-de-Haut, one of the most beautiful bays on the planet. While tourists were rushing to rent scooters in the village, I eventually found a small kayak shop and escaped on waters a shade of blue I had never […]

Michigan Heritage Water Canoe and Kayak Trail

04.28.2006

Southwestern Michigans water trail is everything a paddle trail is supposed to be a journey rich with history, beauty and wildlife.

Baja With Kids

04.19.2006

Mixing rich Mexican culture, bathtub-warm water, and a little adventure, Conception Bay is the perfect Baja destination for a family sea kayaking trip.

By Tom Bol

First appeared in Beginner’s Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking, 2006

Baja Driving Itinerary

04.19.2006

Crossing the Border: In San Ysidro, the last exit before crossing into Tijuana, make sure to exchange money and fill up with gas. Most gas stations in Baja take only cash, so you need to be covered. There are places to exchange money in major towns (including Muleg and Loreto, near Conception Bay), but take […]

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