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I love this photo of a young Ernest Hemmingway paddling a canoe. Growing up, he picked up his love for canoeing and camping while he spent his summers at the family cottage on Walloon Lake (not quite in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan but almost there). Here is another one from when he was a very young boy. Top photo credit: Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, BostonSecond photo credit: paulfrasercollectibles.com
All through my teenage years (and pretty much up until mid-last week) I wanted to be a rockstar so bad and the fact that I couldn't play and instrument or sing didn't stop me from dreaming I was Slash in GnR's wicked awesome video for November Rain. I mean how cool is that scene where he leaves the wedding service (half way through!) and walks into the desert just to go play a guitar solo? Both amazing and inspiring. So with all those rockstar dreams floating around in my head, I always had a little soft-spot for them doing stuff on the water while they are not rocking it out on stage. Here is a little round-up on rockstars out on stand-up or surf boards:
  Super model and celebrity dater, Kate Moss was on a family vacation in Jamaica recently and spotted out kayaking. From the photo evidence she has the all important, lean-back technique down like a pro. I'm not 100% positive but I believe she is paddling an Emotion Temptation sit-on-top kayak. Photo Credit: INFPhoto.com  
Thursday, 29 August 2013

Look who is Paddling Now: Tom Brady

  New England Patriots football player guy, Tom Brady went out kayaking in Boston over the weekend with his wife and son. The excursion turned out better than it did back in 2009 when he went for an afternoon paddle and ended up swimming in the Charles River. He had to be rescued by one of the rental staff "He had to be rescued," an unidentified spectator told the Boston Herald. "The launch guy went out and got him and got him back in the kayak. He's been bragging about it ever since. He's telling everyone he rescued Tom Brady." "It was more embarrassment than real danger," the spectator said. More info: aolnews.com  
  I got an email from my buddy, Bryan Hansel who runs North Shore Expeditions out of Grand Marais, Minnesota. A couple weeks ago singer and songwriter, Jerry Vandiver joined Bryan on one of his day tours of Lake Superior. You might be thinking to yourself who is Jerry Vandiver is and that's ok. While you might not have heard Jerry's voice in your ears before, if you are a country music fan you have most likely heard a song that he wrote. His music have been recorded by a huge number of country music legends including Tim McGraw, The Oak Ridge Boys and Barbara Mandrell to name a few. In fact his two most popular songs, "It Doesn't Get Any Countrier Than This" and "For a Little While" which were both recorded by Tim McGraw are among the gold and platinum records on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. It's no surprise that Jerry decided to go kayaking whole on his vacation. He is a big fan of canoeing and even wrote an entire album of songs dedicated to paddling. More info: paddlesongs.comPhoto credit: Bryan Hansel  
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