Saturday, August 14, 2010

13th State Paddle–Wisconsin (Aug 14, 2010)


Apostle Islands National Lake Shore, north of Bayfield, WI.

July 2011… got way behind in writing my blog… so will post the photos and go back and add text as I find my notes:

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I’m headed way out there around that point of land.

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Here is that point of land.

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A Bald Eagle.

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This was suppose to be the place I took a break… but guess what… the bear won and I peed in my wetsuit.

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After a three hour paddle, I reached the lighthouse… which was my goal/hope.  But guess what… the seas were getting rough.

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I had a very quick break on shore and then tried to head back to where I launched.

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Far off there in the center is a white speck on the horizon. That is where I have got to go.  It took 3 1/2 hrs of very hard continuous paddling to make it… and I honestly don’t know how I did it.  I could not even take a short break… or the wind and current would blow me backwards.  All total 6 hrs and 45 minutes of paddling… my biggest challenge to day (even still in July 2011).

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Just a funny sight on the way back into Bayfield, WI where I hung out for a couple weeks.  Both sides of the road, just lined with this stuff.

Realized while I was there that my van plates were expired… and called California to see what renewal would cost me from out of state… and it was over $700.00.   So I called “My Dakota Address” and signed up for a box, sent her all my van info and got SD plates within 10 days for $70.00.  Their service has been great and I will post their information here soon.

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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.