Men’s Journal Features Go Kayak Now

I got a cold call from a freelance writer named Bill Gifford about 3 months ago. He was interested in doing a story on the Apostle Islands for Men’s Journal Magazine. He found my article on my trip to the Apostle Islands and its impact on my understanding of leadership. He was really interested in kayaking, being a paddler himself in the details of the journey and what made it an adventure.

I really love the Apostle Islands and having been out there a few times, I can say it is a must see of the Great Lakes. I hear from a lot of sea kayakers who want to do trips to Maine, or other far flung locales – which I think is awesome. I always wonder a bit, if the jewels of the midwest ever really get their due. We have some of the best open water paddling in the world with real wilderness camping and lots of wind and waves to play, never mind the bear or the moose you have to look out for. Less people + beautiful scenery = win.

The Apostles Islands are on the must do list for any serious adventure paddler, lots of caves, lots of cliffs, open water, crossings, chance of waves and fog. Camping out of your kayak is probably the coolest thing you’ll ever do. Pulling up on the distant shore of an offshore island with a sea kayak feels pretty awesome. Waking up to the sound of breaking water on the beach and unzipping your tent to see what the day brings separates us from the RVs and car campers and makes you really enjoy your surroundings. Make it a trip this summer to head out there to see it, and stop by the Inland Seas Symposium.

Here is the Men’s Journal article snippet of Real Guys, Real Adventures. Check it out on newstands now, it’s the May issue with Eric Bana on the cover.


  1. Congrats on the mainstream media appearance!

    The terms of my punk contract require that I now disparage you as a sellout. 😉

  2. Another vote for the Apostles. What an absolutely wonderful place!

    And another huge benefit of paddling there is pristine FRESH water. No need to drag water bags around or worry where your next drink will come from.