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]

Kayaking the Apostle Islands: Kennedys, Native Americans, Religion, and Myth

Apostle Islands

By Mary Fairchild Paddling around Eagle Island, 2009; the island is protected by Critical Species Natural Area. Last fall, on September 24th, Chequamegon Bay JFK Day marked Kennedy’s visit to the Apostle Islands area thirty years ago (Sept. 24, 1963).  Chequamegon was applied to the region by traders and missionaries which derives from a Chippewa(Ojibwe) word,[Read more]

Adaptive Paddling: Drawing a Line in the Sand


By Mary Fairchild Bay Cliff Health Camp  “Camp Yes I Can” tucked up in beautiful Big Bay, Michigan on Lake Superior.  Sam Crowley and Nancy Uschold of Sea Kayak Specialists, in nearby Marquette, have been a part of the Bay Cliff Health Camp kayaking program since 1994. In September they will[Read more]

Sea Kayaking and Whitewater: Roughing it With Scott Berry and Nigel Dennis

Apostles Islands and Nigel Denis

By Mary Fairchild What could be better than kayaking the Apostle Islands? Yup–having Nigel Dennis join you. In order to get better acquainted with rough water this year, I started to look for opportunities to get familiar with whitewater kayaking.  This past week, I opted to get out on Wisconsin’s Wolf River and follow Scott Berry, another expert in kayaking, for[Read more]

While Vacationing in the Dells


By Mary Fairchild DO YOU KNOW THE MUFFLER MAN? LAKELESS LAKE DELTON HOLIDAY SHORES KAYAKING WISCONSIN’S INDIAN MOUNDS WITH ROSS M. CURRY Do you know the Muffler Man?  Roadside statues came to be in the latter half of the 20th century when the West opened up to the middle class as a[Read more]