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Trip to Crystal River and Escape from Tropical Storm Nicole

Trip to Crystal River and Escape from Tropical Storm Nicole

Trip to Crystal River and Escape from Tropical Storm Nicole! Kristine, Emily and Kathy H. picked me up in Gainesville, Florida, and from there, we travelled to the town of Crystal River, staying at the Plantation Hotel right on Crystal River so we could put in right...
Summer Highlight: Paddling with the Columbia Gorge Junior Kayak Club

Summer Highlight: Paddling with the Columbia Gorge Junior Kayak Club

For almost as long as I have paddled, I’ve helped get kids into kayaking. It wasn’t on purpose, and I’m not even really sure how it happened. I didn’t really start paddling until I was in my late teens/early twenties, so maybe it’s because I was one of the only “kids”...
Diversify Whitewater – Greater Seattle 2022

Diversify Whitewater – Greater Seattle 2022

This year I was fortunate to volunteer as a kayak instructor for Diversify Whitewater’s Greater Seattle Area weekend event. The mission of Diversify Whitewater (https://diversifywhitewater.org/) is to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in paddlesports by...
The Kids Kayaking Camp – 20 years old and going strong !!

The Kids Kayaking Camp – 20 years old and going strong !!

Yesterday, EJ, Emily, Nick, Andy K, Sean C, and I completed the 20th anniversary year of the Kids Kayaking Camp. The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers had inspired my original idea to start the camp for underserved inner city youth in NYC. In 2002, we did the...
How to survive and thrive with your significant other as your paddling partner

How to survive and thrive with your significant other as your paddling partner

I was originally going to call this blog post the pros and cons of your significant other being your paddling partner. Then I built out my pros/cons list and had: PRO: they are always there to provide feedback CON: they are always there to provide feedback And...
Joy and anticipation of the first day of the whitewater season

Joy and anticipation of the first day of the whitewater season

Unless you live in one of those magical places where there is year round whitewater, there is some point in the spring where your focus turns to watching the weather forecast and the river gauges, anxiously awaiting open water with enough volume to get out paddling....
Are you Motivated? How to Find Motivation and Goal Setting for Paddling

Are you Motivated? How to Find Motivation and Goal Setting for Paddling

Goal Setting in Kayaking Often people ask “Where do you find you motivation in kayaking (and life)?” As someone who came from a family of highly motivated people motivation is something I am fortunate to be accustomed to. The wake up and go type of drive that people...
Adventuring with Kids:  How to get geared up for cold water paddling with Mathis Hargrove

Adventuring with Kids: How to get geared up for cold water paddling with Mathis Hargrove

HOW TO’S WITH THE HARGROVE CREW Mathis leads us in a video as he gets geared up in his cold gear layers, for a fun day of kayaking on the Nantahala River, in Bryson City, North Carolina. Staying warm and comfortable plays a huge part in having a GREAT DAY on the...
Inner City Kids Camp 2022

Inner City Kids Camp 2022

Inner City Kids Camp 2022 Inner City Kids Camp or Jessie’s Kids Camp are the two names for one week of my year depending on who you ask, they represent a week of kayaking for kids from disadvantaged homes. Through the years, since 2002 to be exact, Jessie Stone, my...
The Joys of Teaching

The Joys of Teaching

Everyone knows, I LOVE kayaking. Freestyle and down-river paddling has opened a world of new experiences and adventures for me. Traveling to new places, paddling new rivers, and meeting new people, are all things that motivate me to continue to live this lifestyle of...