Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
As a youngster growing up in Michigan’s central Upper Peninsula, I couldn’t help but be aware of the influence of Lake Superior on our weather, economy, and recreation. The lake produces copious amounts of snow. I lived not far from the lake but at a 300’ higher elevation. To locals, this was known as the “snow belt”, a term that has since given way to the more meteorological sounding “lake effect”. The big lake also serves as a highway for the big iron ore carriers that bring the U.P.’s mineral riches to the steel mills at Gary, Indiana and to Cleveland, Ohio and to Ford’s massive River Rouge plant outside of Detroit. The fishing industry, though greatly diminished today, still provides a livelihood to many by giving up a steady supply of delicious lake trout and whitefish. And the lake is unparalleled as a challenging place to sail, paddle and sport fish. And watching a beautiful summer sunset over the lake from one of the many hills that surround it is a memory that will warm you through the cold winter.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Authors, pasties, waterfalls, oh yes- and paddling.
This paddle was an excellent reminder that sometimes paddles aren't just about the paddling. From the moment the group of six started to congregate at the Bayview Inn in Epoufette the weekend promised to be what U.P weekends are supposed to be- a mish mash of the good life.
As with most ECP trips, food played a large role. If you happen to be in Epoufette, just west of Cut River Bridge, stop in for a piece of homemade pie. This little diner has amazing views of Lake Michigan (even from the bathroom!), the appropriate Upper memorabilia, as well as bird books and binoculars scattered at each of the window side tables.
Monday, April 22, 2013
As of April, we will no longer be able to use the Gander Mtn site as our monthly meeting location. We have procured a new meeting place which is located at the ---Hoyt Library--- located at 505 Janes Ave in downtown Saginaw, between Jefferson and Warren Streets. There are two large parking lots directly south of the main Janes Ave entrance.
Access to the facility may be obtained from both north and south I-675. As you exit 675 (using exit # 2 or 2A) proceeding to the Warren St intersection and then turn south, crossing Genesee and continue to Janes Ave and the parking lots.
The meeting room is on your left after entering the library's main floor area.
The room has been reserved for the "FIRST THURSDAY" of the following months in 2013 : June 6, August 1, September 5, October 3 and November 7.
Dec. 6th meeting will be held at the Bay City Community Center/ Christmas Party
The 2014 meeting dates are as follows:
January-9, February-6, March-6, April-3, May-1, June-5, July-10, August-7, September-4, October-2, November-6, ----with the Christmas Party being held on December-5.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Review by George Granlund
PUR markets its latest water-purification product as a “mini water treatment plant in a packet.” Indeed, the PUR Purifier of Water employs the exact chemical process as used in many municipal water-treatment plants around the Western world.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Journalist Warren Richey has written a book, Without A Paddle that is equally about paddling a kayak and about coping with a difficult marriage breakup.
If you’ve ever sat for long periods of time in a kayak while making a crossing or just having no place to easily get out, you’ve got nothing on Warren. He was finishing up a leg of the twelve hundred mile Ultimate Florida Challenge and had to paddle 24 hours straight. Hallucinations----sure. But the challenge also gave him unlimited time to ruminate and evaluate his life. For the entire book, he is on the cusp of proposing to the new love of his life.
Despite the angst that he brings to the book, it is quite entertaining and keeps you wondering just how it will all turn out—the UFC, the marriage proposal, his relationship with his son, and his experiences with storms, rednecks, ‘gators and water moccasins. It’s a good read and will keep paddlers and those “without a paddle”, entertained.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
New to Kayaking?
Don't know how to get started? Which boat to buy? How to learn without embarrassment? What if it tips over? Do I have to roll the kayak?
We were all beginners once and we'd be happy to help you with the basics. Before you even buy a boat, why not stop in at our monthly meeting (see the Paddlers Calendar) for some friendly advice from experienced paddlers. Whether you're interested in calm afternoons on one of Michigan's beautiful lakes and rivers or two weeks in the wilderness, we can help - we've been there.
To ask any questions or to contact the group for any reason, please send an e-mail to Eastcoastpaddlers@gmail.com