Kayak the Heartland-Paddle Expedition Posts

SMALLER BITES Last year we took a big bite. A really big bite–a bite of adventure that took three and a half months to swallow. This year, however, the perceived…

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Five Sets of Clothes While listening to Christmas CDs (and not John’s silly songs), we approach the skyline of Indianapolis, Indiana. As we travel on a relatively smooth and slightly…

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Ponderings

Acquaintances become new friends. New friends become old friends. How does one cross from acquaintance to new  friend? At what point does a new friend become an old friend? Is…

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Ponderings

We all know that the right gear is essential to any expedition. Oh I realize that for early adventurers “gear” consisted of an animal skin or canvas tent, a bone or…

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Gear

It’s been a week since we entered the Gulf of Mexico in our kayaks, a week since we completed a trip of a lifetime, a week since we left a…

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Ponderings

Riding in a car on a dry road instead of paddling on a flooding river. A passenger, traveling at 70 mph instead of 5-6 mph. What a difference a couple…

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The adventure

It better be. Ran like a good business that is. On an adventure like this, to do otherwise, would certainly lead to failure, and/or loss of gear, and/or injury, or…

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Preparation

As we were planning our trip over the last year, the only items that made the gear list were the bare essentials. (Unfortunately, some bare essentials, such as a pillow,…

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Ponderings

Whether consciously, or subconsciously, we prioritize towards those things we care about most. I struggle with this. If I reflect back on where I have historically chosen to spend my…

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Charity

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Will Change John always says, “If nothing changes, nothing will change.” Likewise, if this trip doesn’t change me, nothing will. How can I see and experience…

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The adventure