Twin Lakes, Colorado – Kayaking, 2016

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Great paddling conditions at Twin Lakes

Over the August 20-21 weekend we went to kayak a new lake for us, Twin Lakes, Colorado. I’ve driven by the lakes while traveling over Independence Pass, and even around it to the west end so I could backpack into Big Willis Gulch. Jeff brought his pop-up camper with his new truck, while Lisa and I carried his kayak and our tandem on the Avalanche. We had been   Continue reading

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North Platte River – Foote to Ft. Steele – Wyoming

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Calm water on the North Platte River, Wyoming

Two years ago I floated the North Platte River between the Foote put-in (North of Saratoga) and the I-80 take-out at the Fort Steele takeout. This year I was invited to float it again with one of the same guys as last time, and his youngest son, and another guy and his youngest son, for a three-day, two night trip on the river. Check out my previous post for additional information.  This year the water flow was   Continue reading

The Pocket Transit

Several months ago I was looking at an old single-burner stove on ebay (no surprise, right?) and in one of those little photos which slide along the bottom of the screen I noticed a peculiar looking item. It kind of looked like a compass, but more intricate. I clicked on the item, which was listed under the title M2 Artillery Compass, to get a closer look.

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Military M2 version of the Brunton Pocket Transit

I did a little research   Continue reading

Kayaking Chicago

Lisa and I just returned from a trip to Chicago. While there, we thought it would be interesting to take a kayaking architecture tour on the Chicago River. I guess when you live in a place for a while you don’t always get out and see some of the things you think about after you move away. We asked our friends and family about such a kayaking tour but nobody was familiar with the idea. Lisa searched around and found Kayak Chicago. They had several tours available and, since we’ve done none of them, we picked a 3 hour architectural tour leaving from the Magnolia and Le Moyne location. We arrived to find that we were the only people headed out with the guide that day, so if you want a trip with fewer people but don’t want to go on your own, it appears that a Thursday in mid-September is a good time to go. The weather was perfect.

Our guide, Brian gave us a few required instructions and we headed out.

Soon after launch we could see the Sears Tower (or, whatever it's called these days)

Soon after launch we could see the Sears Tower (or, whatever it’s called these days)

At the southern tip of Goose Island we paused for a selfie . . . .  Continue reading

Missouri River Breaks

I finally edited/updated my 2011 Missouri River Breaks trip from a few years ago. It was a great trip, but I had only just began to blog again and only posted a paragraph and three photos.

Check out the edited/updated version . . .  Missouri River Trip 2011.

Having lunch while floating on the Missouri

Having lunch while floating on the Missouri

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Colorado River – Ruby Horsethief Canyons, 2015

I was invited to join in on a Colorado River float which was from August 4th through the 7th.

The group of river rats ready to head out

The group of river rats ready to head out

Monday afternoon we travelled from Colorado Springs to the Island Acres section of the James M. Robb state park, east of Grand Junction. It’s a nice, clean state park and campground, and not too far off of I-70 (use Exit 47), with enough sites to be able to just drive up and grab one without reservations (at least during the week). This trip included two   Continue reading