Paddling by the light of the moon

Darkness surrounded us, our path illuminated only by the moon in the eastern sky and the glowsticks adorning our kayaks. The bluffs of Devil’s Head State Park shadowed the lake as we skirted its edge. Stars decorated the sky, Jupiter and Saturn appearing first, followed by the Big Dipper, then thousands of tiny distant twinkles.... Continue Reading →

A recovering land

The first weekend in August, I visited friends in Comstock, Wisconsin, a small community in Barron County in the far northwest part of the state. Less than three weeks before my visit, a line of strong thunderstorms rolled through the area with tornados and straight-line winds, ravaging trees and property in its path. My heart... Continue Reading →

Finishing the Madison Five

Beads of sweat trickled down the side of my face, down my arms and chest. My daughter and I sat atop our kayaks in our bikinis and baseball caps, paddling slowly across the water, baking in the sun. The lake was quiet this sultry summer day, the hottest day of the year, a day almost... Continue Reading →

Unwinding on Lake Wingra

Swoosh… swoosh… silence. Swoosh… swoosh… silence. The air heavy with humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s, a slow, relaxed paddle fit the day and my mood. Today was my first time kayaking on Lake Wingra, a small lake located inside the Madison city limits, the smallest of the five major lakes drained by the Yahara... Continue Reading →

Paddling down an urban canyon

The more I write and talk about kayaking, the more friends I discover who like kayaking, too. Take my former Plainfield, Illinois, neighbors Michelle and Dan, for example. Whenever we get together, we challenge each other to game after game of intense bean bag competition, but in conversation during our last visit, we learned they’ve... Continue Reading →

Kayaking between the storms

Dark skies, heavy rain, thunder and 19 mph gusting winds. My shoulders sagged in disappointment as I looked out the window upon waking this dreary day in Minnesota. My friends Troy and Carol, who reside part-time on a house boat on the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, had booked our kayak tour with Minnesota Adventure... Continue Reading →

I worked with a local screen printer to get a few new shirts for my family and I to wear when we go kayaking. There’s nothing wrong with a little self-promotion! I’d love your help as well to spread the word about my kayaking blog. If you and your friends like kayaking, follow my blog... Continue Reading →

Kayaking a new lake with “old” friends

Classmates reconnected: Traci, Shari and Kori When I started Two Orange Kayaks, I asked if anybody wanted to join me on a kayaking adventure, and the first to respond was Kori, a high school classmate. “How do you feel about beginners?” she inquired. I was pumped to introduce my favorite pastime to a newbie! My... Continue Reading →

Showing my age

I grip my kayak paddle and I see my hands, wrinkled and aged, thin skin and noticeable veins. My breath catches. As I gloomily move across the water, a baseball cap and sunscreen protect my face, yet I know they won’t erase the brown age spots already marking my face. I can only hope to... Continue Reading →

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