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]

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]

Sea Kayaking Lake Superior’s Seiche


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]

Giant Fiberglass Statues: Do You Know the Wisconsin Dell’s Muffler Man?

Hiawatha Fiberglass Statue

By Mary Fairchild (updated 10/2015) Until recently, this Muffler Man had been behind the Mobil Station near the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.  Now he’s all groomed, repainted and stands “all lit up” by the Buffalo Phil’s Pizza & Grille.  These giant fiberglass statues were designed to draw the attention of tourists in the latter half of the[Read more]

Nestled Deep in Wisconsin’s Woods: A Rustic Wedding at Mirror Lake State Park

mirror lake wedding

By Mary Fairchild The bride with her flower girls; Mirror Lake State Park Amphitheater, 10/25/14.  Picture by John Nicholls. An outdoor wedding in the woods can be an incredible experience especially in the fall as the cooler days and cooler nights begin to open and reveal more and more of the[Read more]