Well, we made the big switch and moved our blog over to Wordpress. All the archives are over and we just need to make things look pretty now. We are in the process of adding some new features. Look for a couple of book reviews coming this week.
What do you think of the new site?
I just finished reading an interesting blog entry on the Scottish Sea Kayaking Photo Gallery about a mink eradication program in the Western Isles. It started back in 2001 and they want to get rid of the North American minks that escaped from fur farms back in the 60â€™s and 70â€™s. Looks they are looking for more people to help out with the cause.
On a different note, it seems that the printers have given a final date to the publishers (Pesda Press) for the new book Sea Kayak by Gordon Brown. They will start shipping it December 7th. Just in time for Christmas. Get it on your list if you havenâ€™t already.
I still havenâ€™t figured out a security error that keeps popping up in the backend so I still canâ€™t publish photos in the blog. It seems it messed things up when I changed domains. I will try to get it sorted out tomorrow.
The Scoutmaster blog has been a really interesting read over the past couple of months. Today Clarke Green posted a couple of links to websites on how to make your own camping gear.
Friends who know me would say that I am cheap. I would disagree with that statement; I would describe myself as "selective to how I spend my money". They donâ€™t know it yet but I am getting them all the "gift of friendship" for Christmas. Please donâ€™t tell them, I donâ€™t want to ruin the surprise.
Take a peek at Homemade Backpacking Gear and Make your Own Gear. Great resources with lots of creative ideas on making gear. Here is another cool use for drinking straws besides drinking.
I havenâ€™t made a thing yet but I think that I am going to jump in the deep end of the pool and start off by making my own sleeping bag. I think that I can save even more pennies by taking the down from the kids pillows. I donâ€™t think they will notice... I will just tell them that the Grinch came and took the fill. They will understand...
Well, Sean and I survived our kayaking trip this past weekend. We originally planned to go north to Tobermory, Ontario but as we were watching the weather during the week leading up to the trip, a huge storm came in. There is a fantastic website out there called Weather Underground. They do a great job displaying weather. See the graphic to the right. It displays wind speed, barometer, water temperature and wave height in a stacked graphic. The best part about it is that you can easily see the relationship between the four factors. Very cool.
Alright, back to our story. As you can see by the clip the wave height for the Northen Lake Huron buoy peaked that day at 3.9 meters (12.8 feet). A touch big for our liking so we decided to head to the eastern Georgian Bay and put in at Snug Harbour just north of Parry Sounds, Ontario. The waves over there were only peaking at 1.5 meters so it was a little bit more manageable.
We went out for Saturday night giving us two solid days of paddling. For those who know the area, we paddled out to Franklen Island and set up shop in a nice sheltered area as the wind was blowing consistently at 30 knots and gusting up to 40 all day.
We jumped back on the water and decided to play around the savage rocks on the southern tip of Franklen. The savage rocks is a large area of shoals where the swells rise up and crash. There was some great surf and lots of really fun rockhopping.
Weather was interesting. Lots of hail, lots of rain and lots of sleet.
Don't have a clue where I am talking about? You can download a mini tour of Franklen Island for Google Earth. Get it here.