With 5600 registered users and over 200,000 posts, it is a massive resource canoeists living in or planning a trip to Canada.
Over the years there were various threats of scrap the whole thing and shut it down due lack of time to effectively maintain the site. It didn't help things when you had some very vocal people complaining that things were running the way they would like it.
The whole thing left some bad feelings on both side of the computer monitor.
I often drop in and see what is new and keep tabs on the paddling gossip at the grassroots level.
With the WCA taking over the entire project, it will ensure that this vast resource will be available for the public for many more years. With more moderators online now, it should help keep the conversations on topic a bit more.
Here is the youtube description: Damon Gold, doing more of his famous stupid human tricks. this video was shot in 1991 but has been re-edited into this youtube tease. but you know this if you have been following my more recent stuff.
Click on "read more" to view the video.
Then I got my monthly newsletter from Naturally Superior Adventures. There has been a teaser note on their site for a while about "The Big One". Today they announced what it actually is and yes, it is big.
Next summer (2008), they will be offering a giant 8-week guided trip of the entire Canadian Shoreline of Lake Superior. This trip is not for the faint of heart with a complete distance of 670km (416 miles).
Since not everybody has 8 weeks of vacation time, they have broken up the trip into 8 sections allowing people to join in and paddle any part of the trip on week at a time.
Total cost for the 8 weeks is $7560 Cdn.
It will be very interesting to see if many people take the 8 week option. If you did, I would think it would be weird to get new paddling partners every week.
More info: Naturally Superior Adventures
Below is a map of the route so you can get some perspective on the massive size of this trip.
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They don't care if it is a large or small project. The key to it is that at the end of the day, the area you tackle will be cleaner then before.
The cool part of this project is that they are using the full power of their maps software. You can create a small map of the area you are going to clean-up and they will feature it on the International Clean-Up Weekend site.
Not interested in organizing a group? No friends? Search through the global map and meet some new friends at the local project already organized in your area.
Of course I have no friends so looking through the map, I discovered that there is not a single project taking place in Canada! Come on Canada, it's a pig sty out there, get organized and get your project posted. Kazakhstan has more projects than we do!
If you are interested in organizing a project and can't think of a place to start, come by my house. I have a really dirty kitchen that you can get started with.
More Info: International Clean-UP Weekend
I was reading a letter to the editor today in the online version of The Sun Chronicle. The letter went on to complain to the editor that they published a photo of two canoeists last week out paddling. The problem was that they didn't have a PFD on.
In the letter the author makes mention of a law in Massachusetts that stipulates that you must wear a properly fitting approved PFD between January 1-May 14 and September 15 to December 31.
I had no idea that this rule was on the books. It seems bring a good compromise between cold water safety and those who complain that PFD are to hot in the summer and unnecessary.
I am interested in hearing if this type of law is in effect where you live. Also do people know about it or is it one of those obscure rules like the one in Florida which states that "If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle." [lawguru.com]
The animals jumped into the river and when they couldn't get up the bank on the other side, they quickly drowned or crushed with the 1000's of animals jumping in the water behind them.
Conservation officers in the area said that animals drown every year but never at this type of scale.
The 10,000 animals represent around 1% of the total herd.