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New Year’s Day Paddle

Posted Jan 01 2005 12:00am

Ok. . . . So. . .

Prologue. . .

Christmas Eve we had a family emergency and spent the night on a long drive and then in an ER late into the night. After another long drive back home we did a rush Christmas for the sake of our young son and then we were off again to Madison where our family member had been transferred to the UW hospital. The following night we again had no sleep just due to nerves I suppose. Then after a day’s rest I came down with a killer infection that had me up with extraordinary jaw pain for 48 hours! So again no sleep!

In the end Mary was able to run down to Madison to pick up my boat which was waiting to be repaired after our wild rescue in Two Rivers and I was able to paddle it for the day and will have to run it back.


This year about 30 or so cars arrived for the paddle. We spent about 2 hours on the water and enjoyed a little rolling practice in the warm water of Lake Columbia. Then everybody went to the Cactus Club in Portage for lunch and a drink. We were surprised to see a big “WELCOME BACK KAYAKERS” sign! Cool. The community had to find it odd to see all the Kayaks and Canoes strapped on cars up and down the streets. The weather turned bad quickly this afternoon and everyone headed out into the sleet and rain to get home before it got too bad. Now it’s time for me to go take another pain pill. :)

. . and for Ross & Alex you can get THIS IS THE SEA from Rutabaga or you can buy it directly from Justine’s website at

Happy New Year! See you at Canoecopia!

Update: Photos from New Year’s Day Paddles in Gallery.

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