Kayak Spotted in Clemson

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Found on May 1 while at the Carolina Bird Club meeting. I hoped to meet the owner to discuss features and performance characteristics, but never did. Just look at the long waterline length on that thing; it’s got to be fast! If anyone knows what kind it is, leave a comment, please. Wood strip boats are beautiful pieces of art.

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Published in: on May 30, 2009 at 8:28 am  Comments (3)  

Jeff’s Merlin XT

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Friend and blog reader Jeff, of Michigan, recently acquired this handsome kayak and has begun to learn it. The Merlin XT is a thermoformed boat made by Eddyline, a family-owned company in Washington state. This particular model is 15 feet long. It’s a very cool kayak named after a very cool falcon.

I hope you have plenty of adventure and fitness building in it, Jeff. And I hope we can paddle together someday.

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 9:38 pm  Comments (3)  

Ten on the River.2

The paddlers:

Morgan
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Henderson
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McCormick
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Cubie
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White [New to the group!]
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White, again, with her face visible
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Elder [New to the group!]
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Jones
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Bostrom
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Patterson
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Cranston, the river guide
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The weather was about as good as it can get. Conversation floated like the boats that carried us. Being there, with good friends, on an October river, is something I hope to repeat as soon and often as possible.

Published in: on October 4, 2008 at 10:10 pm  Comments (1)  

Ten on the River

The Body Challenge, Spirit Challenge group met at the Highway 9 boat landing for some time on the Catawba. Here are some scenes from the morning half of the fun.

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Published in: on October 4, 2008 at 5:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Shoes


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Look closely…you’ll never see them this clean again! I finally found the paddling shoe I’ve been needing. Actually, NRS calls them their “Desperado Sock.” They look more like jester slippers, but I don’t care. They fit into the cockpit much better than my thick-soled Keen sandals, and they are more comfortable than going barefooted. (Otherwise, Keens are wonderful for terrestrial use; go buy some before you forget.) The sole is the right thinness for operating the rudder system’s toe pilots. I was glad to find these. Every outdoor store I visited kept recommending Chako sandals, which I already didn’t like. But this is the footwear for paddling.

They come in blue, too.

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 7:35 pm  Comments (6)  

Skirt by Snap Dragon…


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I have jury duty this week. If I show up attired like this, do you think they’d notice?

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Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 6:27 pm  Comments (11)