End of the season notes: northern lake MI lighthouses and my P&H Cetus LV

Sturgeon Bay – Gray’s Reef light – White Shoal light – Waugoschance light – Temperance Island 8/26/10 posted by John Fleming The Endbridge Oil Kalamazoo River disaster  put an abrupt

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End of Summer Kayak Surfing

Each Summer there are weeks and weeks of flat water on the Great Lakes, to the point where the kayak surfing junkies are ready to start sacrificing puppies to the

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Sea Kayaking South Manitou in a day

It’s 8am on Cannery Beach, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s me, a chain smoking heavy equipment operator, and nobody else. He says that no overweight tourists will be at the beach until about 11, and he wants to lift the cannery up off the ground before they get there. By the end of the day, my body and physics degree will both agree that the crane and I have each expended about the same amount of total energy. To which my liberal arts education replies, “but I have been across the sea.”

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Ice Cliffs on Lake Michigan near South Haven January 2010

Ice Cliffs on Lake Michigan near South Haven January 2010, originally uploaded by Go Kayak Now. I had an excellent paddle along the cliffs on Saturday afternoon. I tried to

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Sea Kayaking the ice on Lake Michigan Jan 2010

The ice is beginning to get interesting along the shore of Lake Michigan. We have a thaw on that might allow kayakers to get out and see the ice. I

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Lighthouse for Sale

At the end of August I wrote my first post, about paddling to Ile Aux Galet (Skillagalee) island, which started out intimidating but turned into a ton of fun, surfing

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Surf Kayak Monkey Face

My Surf Kayak Monkey Face from Keith Wikle on Vimeo. I think surf kayaking is cool. Luckily, I know I am not. Try not to look in the mirror too

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Surf Kayaking Evangelism Received

  My first day in the surf boat was early last April, on a much ‘smaller’ day.  Everything was in the 30’s: air temp, water temp, wind speed.  It was gnarly

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South Manitou Island Sea Kayak Trip

View of crystal clear Lake Michigan over the shoals on South Manitou Island from my Nigel Foster Sea Kayak The Manitou Islands of Lake Michigan are the Lower Peninsula’s greatest

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Sea Kayak Trip Report from Ile Aux Galet

Ile Aux Galets (Island of Pebbles), aka Skillagalee, is a very small island about 7 miles offshore from Cross Village, near the NW tip of Michigan’s lower peninsula.  The island

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