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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Colorado family of 14 kayaking throughout the U.S." (Glenwood Springs, CO)
"Kid after kid emerges from the van, like a circus act. Within minutes, half the circus is dry-suited and helmeted, lugging bright kayaks to the edge of the Colorado River, where the mayhem continues in a game called "King of the Wave." Mom Susie watches from the shore, chuckling as she corrals six more Kelloggs. Laughter reigns when the Kelloggs play. Yet they are serious about their play. So much so that they are about to embark on a paddling session unlike any other. Packing a 35-foot RV, the 14-strong Kelloggs will soon hit the road, traveling the country in search of river waves as they vie to be the country's top clan of river rats..."
Complete story: Denver Post   
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"Canoe trip from Canada to New Orleans" (Medicine Hat, Canada)
"Dominique Liboiron arrived in Nebraska City by canoe, trying to be the first person ever to paddle from Saskatchewan, Canada, to New Orleans. He realized the theoretical possibility of the 3,000-mile-journey using four rivers and crossing 13 states while in high school, but the call to New Orleans became evident when he lost his uncle to heart disease in 2010. Liboiron credits his uncle for inspiring his love of music and outdoor cooking and said a 1992 trip impressed his uncle with a love of Cajun cooking and New Orleans. Liboiron would carry his uncle's cremated ashes and spread them on the journey's end..."
Complete story: Journal Democrat   
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"‘Sealy Dan’ the seal pup goes kayaking" (Seattle, WA)
"Jeff Kelley and his son, who was visiting from Brooklyn, were taking a spin in their kayaks around Elliott Bay when a seal pup started trailing them. Suddenly, the pup jumped onto the back of the kayak and was not particularly interested in returning to the water..."
Complete story: West Seattle Blog
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"Missing canoe ends man's journey down the Mississippi" (New Madrid, MO)
"Michael Brouillette of Minnesota docked and tied off his canoe at New Madrid for a break after traveling down the Mississippi River. Brouillette's been canoeing the Mississippi River for months and started from the beginning of the river. He took a break in New Madrid to get new supplies for his trip. Brouillette says he chained and locked his canoe to a handrail along the boat ramp on Friday, and then traveled by car to the St. Louis area to get supplies. He came back to see that his canoe was missing - it was reportedly stolen..."
Complete story: KFVS-12
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"Kayakers narrowly escape Sandy’s wrath" (Barnegat, NJ)
"A fortuitous engagement in New Jersey allowed Grand Marais sea-kayakers Dave and Amy Freeman to escape the brunt of Hurricane Sandy and the megastorm it became. The Freemans are paddling their kayaks south along the East Coast on the final leg of their 11,700-mile North American Odyssey expedition that began in April 2010. “It’s pretty amazing how lucky we were,” said Amy Freeman.  The Freemans, were evacuated to higher ground away from the shore - they had to leave their kayaks behind lashed to the porch..."
Complete story: DL-Online
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"Blind Adventurer Trains for His Scariest Challenge Yet" (Charlotte, NC)
"Erik Weihenmayer stood on a concrete berm above a gushing crest of white water and cocked his head slightly. “Sounds gnar,” he said. He was referring to the ear-bone-rattling roar surrounding him, the sound of 536,000 gallons of water spewing each second through six industrial pumps at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Weihenmayer, considered among the most accomplished blind athletes in the world, is perhaps best known for being the first person without sight to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. But his accomplishments extend to other extreme sports, including ice climbing, solo sky-diving and paragliding. Now he wants to add kayaking, and he is gravely aware of the challenges..."
Complete story: New York Times
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"Local paddlers encounter life, peace and adventure on the water" (South Dakota)
"Like modern-day voyageurs, Al Larson and his river companions have racked up 2,500 river miles paddling South Dakota waterways... "It’s about doing something different, taking streams less traveled. We’re going to places where nobody goes,” he said, summing up the lure of the rivers. “It’s just the feeling of freedom, I guess, when you’re out on a river.” Larson and Nicolaisen agree that they are captivated by the purity and simplicity of canoe travel..."
Complete story: The Daily Republic 
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"Kayakers greet spawning salmon" (Washington)
"If you want to experience what life is like for salmon, try kayaking against the wind and current on Chico Creek. At least, it felt like I was swimming upstream like the proverbial salmon, occasionally tasting the churning water and watching out for seagulls... Seeing the pink, yellow, green-colored salmon jump around me, I had one of those moments where you see the flow of life — the rain keeps the stream flowing for the salmon to spawn; the salmon feed bears, eagles and people; and people do their best to protect their natural habitats. It is our duty to respect what other creatures contribute to the world..."
Complete story: North Kitsap Herald 
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"Commission considers canoe, kayak registration" (Michigan)
"The chair of the Waterways Commission has a new plan to combat low water levels and dredge many inland and Great Lakes harbors – require state registrations for non-motorized watercraft. “Currently, non-motorized boats like kayaks and canoes do not have to be registered, but in the words of Gov. Snyder, ‘You have to pay to play.’ So my goal is to start registering these watercraft to have more of an income for the commission...”
Complete story: Great Lakes Echo  
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"130 days, 2,600 miles - 1 wilderness adventure" (Canada)
"The 2012 Trans-Territorial Canoe Expedition encountered avalanches set in gold rush country, mettle-testing pulls against Rocky Mountain river currents, and hungry polar bears lurking near Hudson Bay. “I think we’re used to movies where you reach a goal and music comes on,” said Pete Marshall, who devised the 2,600-mile, Pacific-to-Atlantic route he paddled with three fellow High School graduates. Instead, they left the inlet and entered Hudson Bay accompanied only by waves and headwinds, completing a route only a few modern-day canoeists had undertaken in bits and pieces..."
Complete story: SC Times 
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"Kayaker thanks good samaritans who saved his life" (Lindstrom, MN)
"Andy Simonette is grateful for two men who came to his rescue after his kayak tipped over. "I reached for something too quickly and I went in," recalls Simonette. The 26-year-old found himself yelling for help, praying he wouldn't freeze to death. "I felt myself slipping away," he says. Nick Peltier was working on the roof of a house across the lake and heard Andy screaming.  Peltier and a co-worker grabbed a neighbor's canoe and used old 2x6' boards as paddles. "When we got to him we held him up and kept talking to him," says Peltier. Andy was airlifted to a hospital and made a full recovery. "From now on I have to bring a life jacket with me," said Andy..."
Complete story: KARE 11 
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