Tuesday, August 31, 2010

14th State Paddled–Michigan (sort of)

I was surprised to see how beautiful “up-state” Michigan was…. a very enjoyable drive.   More text to be added…

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I decided to try and kayak here… but note the very large flag blowing straight out… it stayed that way most of the time.

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My expression reflects how I felt about the conditions.  I put in from ramps in a harbor…. and paddled out to the mouth of the harbor… where it goes into the Lake.  The wind was strong and the waves were high.  It just seemed foolish to go farther when I was alone and no one had my schedule.  So, chicken Swankie turned back to shore.

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I waved to some folks on a boat… saying I was kayaking all 50 states and asked if the Harbor could count as Michigan????

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Met these two jetskiers… and told them it was really choppy out there… and they gleefully said, “Oh, good!” and off they went.

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Oh, well, I know Michigan has more water…. and I’m heading toward Detroit.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bayfield, Wisconsin (visited August 2010)

After kayaking the Apostle Islands, I had to hang around Bayfield WI waiting for my new van tags from South Dakota.  Realized in Bayfield that my van tags had expired several months ago…. and California wanted $700 from me to bring them up to date.  So I contact “MyDakotaAddress” in Madison South Dakota and inquired about registering my vehicle there… and cost was to be about $50 or so.  I immediately signed up for their mailbox service… and sent her my title and registration, and ten days later, I had my SD plates… total cost was $72.00.  This is legal by the way.

Here are some of the sites… and text will be added soon…

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I took a cruise around the islands on this “Island Princess.”  Pretty good tour… and I could never have kayaked that far… so it’s all good.  More text to follow later.

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Back to Bayfield.  I camped along this street.  You can see my grey trailer down the block.  The building on the corner is the Maritime Museum, across the street (photo below) is the Coast Guard Station.

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Around the corner was the City Hall.

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Sunset, one of the nicest I have ever seen, near the point where I launched my kayak.

More text to follow.

Who is Swankie?

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Anywhere, USA, Full-Time USA traveler, United States
In 2006, I was shopping for a wheelchair. By 2007, I had new knees, better health and by 2008 a kayak. In Aug 2013, I kayaked my 49th state, Alaska, at the Holgate Glacier and in May 2014, I kayaked Hawaii, my 50th state, to celebrate my 70th Birthday and the finale to the wonderful adventure of Kayaking America? Next up... Solo Hiking the Arizona Trail, 820 miles? Maybe. Still healing from shoulder and trying to decide.