Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 Sutton's Bay Floatilla....A World Record Event

Extensive training pays off as ECP members help break world record

Labor Day weekend on Sutton's Bay was the perfect setting as eight paddlers, loosely affiliated with the ECPs, joined 2091 of their closest friends in an attempt to break the world record for number of kayaks / canoes rafting together.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Copper Island Adventure

Kayaking the Keweenaw Water Trail

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

Memorial Weekend Pictured Rocks Paddle
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

Monthly Meeting Location & Dates

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

Silver Islet to Rossport

Lake Superior Trip Report

Ann Arbor temperatures hovered above 100 degrees, with Beulah temps just slightly lower at 95. It felt like purgatory in July in Michigan. 

Meanwhile, up in Rossport, Ontario, perched at the top of Lake Superior, the mercury was stuck somewhere in the lower 70’s and the humidity barely registered. Tom O’ Connor and I took a vote on where we’d rather paddle, and Rossport won 2 to 0. Go figure? So we pored over maps and guidebooks and made the plan to paddle the 85 miles from Silver Islet, located on the tip of the Sibley Peninsula, to  the little village of Rossport which is nestled among the islands to the east.

Friday, June 29, 2012

PUR Water-Without the Weight

Review by George Granlund

Online Review

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

Without A Paddle

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

Short’s To Short’s Cut Short

The East Coast Paddlers were well represented at the 2012 edition of the Short’s to Short’s Paddle event that occurred on April 27. The event is a 27 mile paddle from Bellaire to Elk Rapids in Antrim County.

Organizers announced that 323 people showed up for registration on the brilliantly sunny, crisp Friday morning. I’m glad that I took the day off from retirement to enjoy the spectacle of all those boats launching and heading down the river. Folks were paddling everything that floats, from 10’ long rec boats to 20’ long Epic surf skis, with a few dozen canoes thrown in for good measure.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Buffalo River Trip Report 2012

Buffalo River Trip Report 2012
Our numbers were few but memories from the Buffalo River journey were still many. Really, when you factor in the terrific weather, it may have been the best trip yet.
“Arkansas” Bob Shockley, Phil Crookshank and I launched at the ghost town of Woolum on the Buffalo River with plans to spend four days and three nights on the nation’s first National Scenic River, established in 1972. That designation gives it protection from commercial and residential encroachment and provides a wide corridor along the river banks where we saw no structures beyond two highway bridges and a couple of park service buildings at Buffalo Point.

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.

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