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Author Archives: Pat


“I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through … Continue reading »

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Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with … Continue reading »

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Birthday Paddle

We finally had a break in the weather this last Saturday (4.21.12)and I took the boat up the Columbia River Gorge for a birthday solo paddle. Stopped for lunch on a lovely little sandy island named… wait for it… “Sand Island”. After watching the Ospreys fish while I ate my lunch, along with a celebratory … Continue reading »

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Safety First!

So I ordered some “Self Rescue” straps from Seaward Kayaks up in Canada and they came last week. I got them fitted to the boat, right behind the cockpit. I took some time to remove the deck bungees, which were rather worn, from that area and paint it with Rustoleum Truck Bed Spray. The kit … Continue reading »

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And a rainy day project…

I have this great love for VW Westfalias. The ones between about 1975 and 80 really appeal to me. Jess and I owned a 76 westie named “Hobbes” due to its German Marigold Yellow paintjob. I loved that van but when we moved in 1995 and he went to a very nice young couple in … Continue reading »

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Rain rain rain

I have been managing to get out occasionally. But the Columbia and all her tributary rivers are running very high. The water is looking like the chocolate river from Willie Wonka. So, I am still modding the kayak. My latest is adding a water ballast system behind the cockpit. It is constructed around a 10 Liter MSR Dromedary Bag held … Continue reading »

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Tripping out…

After putting the custom artwork in place and getting three coats of marine wax on the kayak, I am ready to take it out for a trial spin. Weather tomorrow looks acceptable so I am heading up to Rooster Rock SP to give it a trial run. I am very excited to be getting back … Continue reading »

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Together Again

So, last weekend I completed re-installing the factory seat for my kayak. The seat cushionwas re-attached to the bucket using nylon “Variable Depth Push Fasteners” for Ford vehicles that I picked up at the local Lowes. The bucket itself was glued to the minicell pads I had attached to the hull to prevent wear and … Continue reading »

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The damage to the hull beneath the seat was pretty minor, just starting to cut into the fiber strands under the finish coat. So, because it was so minor, I roughed up the surrounding area just a bit and after cleaning any grease off , applied a coat of epoxy. Its laid up in the garage and … Continue reading »

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As you can see, I got the factory seat out and now have finished cleaning up the inside of the hull where the seat pan meets the boat. The pan, which is made of a nice thick piece of molded plastic (Kydex?), was originally stuck to the bottom of the cockpit with what looks to be … Continue reading »

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