Surfing Baja’s Pacific Coast With Ginni Callahan: Sea Kayaks, Grit, and Consistent Swell

Rosalillita Surf

By Mary Fairchild Ginni Callahan, Punta Santa Rosalillita, BCS. Although it is possible to ride storm surf, tidal bores, and swell, what provides us with ‘the finest waves to ride’ is swell arriving on a suitable beach.  Nigel Foster (1) During the first week of April, I was fortunate to be[Read more]

International Sea Kayak Guide Snubs Registered Maine Guides: American Canoe Association’s Cover-up

Maine

By Mary Fairchild(updated 12/02/2015) This was my favorite play area from my 2011 guided Coastal Maine trip (2011 report). The sea kayaking community needs, perhaps most of all, to guard against any shift from safety to one of recognition and getting paid.  Known as “Ocean Camp Maine,” my second guided trip[Read more]

Exploring the Great Basin: Camping in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Hiking around the Calico Early Man Site, to Sand Boarding the Ancient Sand of Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Anza Borrego Desert

By Mary Fairchild (updated 11/2010) Anza-Borrego Desert The Great Basin stretches from southern Idaho to Southern California which includes all, or portions, of Oregon, California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.  Its southwestern parts are now known as the Mojave and Colorado Deserts of Southern California.  In this large, generally dry, mountain-studded region of the West[Read more]

Water Trails Reveal Rich Archaeological History in the Midwest

Midwest Archaeology

By Mary Fairchild (updated 12/9/2015) Maquoketa River Trail; 6/15/14. In June of 2014, my two daughters, pictured above, joined me for a river clean-up and local archaeology paddle on the Maquoketa River with Iowa archaeologist Elizabeth Reetz.  There are two forks of the Maquoketa River that meander through Jackson County for about[Read more]

Sea Kayaking Lake Superior’s Seiche

Apostles

By Mary Fairchild Towing my daughter in after our first paddle on the lake.  She got sea sick in the 2-3′ following seas as we returned. Have you ever paddled in Lake Superior and wondered why you would need your rudder or skeg since there was no wind or tide? I wondered that[Read more]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Water: A Tranquil Paddle at Mirror Lake State Park

Mirror Lake

By Mary Fairchild Chelsea Boots appreciates the serenity of Mirror Lake as she quietly discovers the oak/pine forest reflection before her for the first time. …there is rarely a wind-stirred ripple on the water’s still surface— Mirror Lake is a narrow river-like waterway between tall cliff-sided gorges that is about 4 miles long. An[Read more]