Moseying along the Maunesha

Ninety degrees and an afternoon off of work. What to do? Where to go? Kayaking, of course! I rounded up a couple of friends—Paula and Sandy—who happened to also have a free afternoon, and hightailed it out of work right at noon to hitch up the kayak trailer and hit the road. Not wishing to... Continue Reading →

Kayaking before the snow

I’m part of a few Facebook kayaking groups, and through these groups, I’ve seen numerous photos of people out paddling all month long—and I’ve wanted to do the same! I finally got my chance this past Sunday, Nov. 22 when my calendar was open and the weather was cooperative. While thick, gray clouds filled the... Continue Reading →

A sweet ride on the Sugar River

“Oh no, this is it!” yelled Nicki from the lead. The water was moving swiftly and I saw her briefly attempt to paddle backwards, but Greg, seeing the effort was futile, hollered, “We’re going to have to go through it.” I watched from a short distance back as they both dropped through the rushing water... Continue Reading →

When we can’t dance

My husband, Greg, and I have been taking ballroom dance lessons for the past few years. We glide—and often fumble—our way through the rumba, cha-cha, waltz, foxtrot, salsa and other dances, usually once or twice a week. In the process, we’ve made several new friends, including our instructors, Mike and Deb. When COVID-19 hit in... Continue Reading →

Green Lake turns white

“I’m soaked,” I yelped, water dripping from my cheeks and pooling in my kayak seat. I swiped at the water droplets covering my leggings, but the strong wind discouraged much of a pause in my paddling. “Where did this wind come from? It came up so suddenly,” muttered Greg as we scanned the lake, now... Continue Reading →

Bon voyage on the Baraboo River

“Is that our take-out bridge? No way! I want to keep going,” I griped, just over two hours into our journey down the Baraboo River from North Freedom Park on South Linn Street in North Freedom to Geise Park on Hatchery Road in Baraboo, a trip we’d anticipated would take 3-4 hours. I mildly negotiated... Continue Reading →

In search of eagles

“Where do you want to go?” asked my cousin Kelli as we made plans to go kayaking. My mind whirled in response. I had the day off and the weather was going to be hot, the winds calm. I wanted to try somewhere new and was willing to drive a couple of hours to get... Continue Reading →

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