Category Archives: Kayaking

Kayaking Pictured Rocks

Kayaking Pictured Rocks

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In this video I take you along while I kayak Pictured Rocks near Munising, Michigan. This is by far one of my absolute favorite kayaking experiences EVER! This video journals my experience throughout the day and is my best attempt to highlight the beauty of this national lake shore.

This video is split up into a few parts, and here’s why…
We used Uncle Ducky’s Paddling Michigan as our guide service. (http://www.paddlingmichigan.com/) They offer several options to paddle Pictured Rocks, and so I thought it would be appropriate to split the video up into segments that would reflect the type of trip you might experience should you book with them.

The trip we chose was the “paddle and hike”. This took us along roughly 14 miles of beautiful Lake Superior shoreline, and then ended with a 3 mile hike to a pickup point. In the middle, we stopped for lunch at Mosquito Beach.

Some trips they offer just go to the point where you eat lunch and then return home. In my opinion, you miss out on a lot if you just paddle halfway and then back.

If you ever want to paddle this, I highly suggest long sleeve everything as the stable flies are AWFUL! Whatever wasn’t covered, they attempted to bite.

The J Stroke

Canoe Tip – The J Stroke

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In the┬ávideo below I demonstrate how I do the “J Stroke”. This is a canoe paddling technique that allows you to keep your paddle on one side of your boat, and propel yourself straight.

One of the frustrations in canoeing is keeping the bow of your boat straight. This is especially true if you are solo canoeing. The first instinct is to lift your paddle out of the water, switch sides, and then correct your direction by paddling on the other side. Although this works, the problem with this method is three-fold. One, you often drip water in the boat, getting your gear wet. Two, doing this all day long can really take a toll on your energy levels. And three, at the end of the day (and into the next) you are almost certain to have sore muscles (unless you’re a young buck :-)

With the J Stroke, you keep the paddle on one side of the boat for the most part; keeping the water where it belongs (in the river). Also, because you’re not constantly lifting it out of the water all day long, you can actually paddle a lot longer during a day, and will keep your muscles a lot more happy.

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Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

Harrods Creek

Harrods Creek – Louisville, Kentucky

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In this video I take you along as I kayak Harrods Creek near Louisville, Kentucky. The creek is actually in Prospect Kentucky, but it is in the greater Louisville metro area. This “creek” is a tributary of the Ohio River. I say “creek” because it probably averages about 75′ across in most places. But there is very little current to it. On this stretch or river you can expect to see deer, turkey, turtles, cranes, and possibly even a bald eagle.

The livery I rented from was Nachand Canoe and Kayak Rental: http://www.nachandkayaks.com/

This is a family-owned business, and attached to the business is a sports bar/restaurant called, Darkstar Restaurant or Darkstar Tavern.

$30 got me 4 hours with this beautiful river. One of the nice things about it is that because there is very little current, I was able to paddle up the creek for a couple of hours, turn around and head right back to my car. The livery is also conjoined with a bar and grill, so if you are hungry when you get back, there are food options.

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If this is your first time with us, my name is Dave, and David’s Passage is the name of my vlog. This passage in life started with a desire to share my love of the outdoors with the world. My hope is that those who tune into my videos will be inspired to venture out and enjoy all of creation for what it’s worth. This video blog features videos on an array of outdoor-related topics, as well as DIY projects that might just help you more fully enjoy the outdoors. New videos come out on Tuesdays at 3pm EST, so please subscribe and be on the lookout for new content soon!
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Intro music for this video was written and recorded by myself.

Other music in this video came from the YouTube Creator Studio.

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How to Mount a Camera to a Kayak

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How to Mount a Camera to a Kayak

In this video I walk through how I mount my camcorder to the deck of my kayak using a cheap tripod and a bungee chord. I’ve been asked about this a lot so I thought others might like to know as well. This is a quick, easy and cheap way to do it; and is pretty versatile in itself. Please leave any comments you may have if you try this, or have found any other cool ways to videotape your kayaking experiences. Read More

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Kalamazoo River – Homer to Albion, Michigan

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On this trip, we started out at the riverside park in Homer, Michigan and proceeded to do the next 12-13 miles of the Kalamazoo river from there. We took out at B Drive N, west of Albion. It was a beautiful ride and took about 6 hours to complete. This stretch eventually went through the town of Albion, Michigan. There were a few places we had to take out and put back in for safety Read More

FawnRiver

Fawn River – Sturgis, Michigan

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On September 30, 2011, my friend and I kayaked the Fawn River in southern Michigan / Northern Indiana. We put in off of Fawn River Drive near Sturgis, Michigan and took out at 700N just north of Howe, Indiana. This was a beautiful stretch of river and I would highly recommend it. I can imagine that if there was a summer dryspell this river might not be as fun though. Read More

Pigeon-River

Pigeon River – Mongo, Indiana

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Below is some footage I shot while my wife and I kayaked the Pigeon River in Mongo, Indiana in October of 2011. The trees were changing colors, and so it was awesome to be able to paddle through the falling leaves and during a time when this river is a bit more serene. Read More