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Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Laughing Whitefish Falls is an absolutely beautiful waterfall nestled in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In this video I take you along with me as I day hike this waterfall. If you are ever in this area, you won’t want to miss out on this hike. It is very accessible to all levels of hikers, and the trail is very well maintained.

This waterfall is also located right along the North Country Trail (NCT) for those of you working towards your #Hike100NCT patch.

Here are the coordinates to the trail head in case you would like to add this to your next yooper adventure:
Laughing Whitefish Falls Rd, Skandia, MI 49885
46.382275, -87.077158

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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.

AuTrain River

AuTrain River Canoeing

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This video features my wife and I paddling the AuTrain River in Au Train, Michigan. We started at Cameron Crossing, just north of Lake AuTrain along Forest Lake Rd. We then spent the next 3.5 hours canoeing this beautiful river, eventually ending up in beautiful Lake Superior. This video highlights some of the beauty that this river provides for those who decide to kayak, canoe, SUP, or paddle otherwise. We did not use a livery service this time as the canoe we used came free with the cabin we rented. It just so happened that the cabin was on the river as well, which made for a super convenient river experience.

If you want an awesome Upper Peninsula experience in the Munising / AuTrain / Marquette area, I highly suggest checking out autrainrivercottage.com . Our experience renting our cabin from them was great! The owner is super friendly, and very knowledgeable about the area and the great things to see there.

 

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Lake Superior Sunset Timelapse

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Recently, my wife and I took a trip up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a week to celebrate our 15th anniversary. So in the coming weeks, be on the lookout for videos from this amazing experience.

In this video, my wife and I took an excursion to the beach at Au Train Bay to catch one of Lake Superior’s famous sunsets. I decided to take along my GoPro Hero 4 to try out the time-lapse feature. I’ve never shot a time-lapse video before, so I would love for some feedback from any of you with experience with it.

 

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The Smudge Fire – Mosquito Hack

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Hate mosquitoes? I do, and this video will show you one way I deal with them when I’m in the bush.

My first exposure to a smudge was many moons ago when my aunt passed away and some native fire keepers came in and smudged her house. Her husband was Chippewa, and after a person passed, it was their tradition to fill the house with smoke in order to purge the house of spirits (or something like that. It was a long time ago :-)

Well, it turns out that smoke is pretty good at purging areas of bugs in general, and that is what a smudge fire is all about. The basic principle is simple; make a smoky fire. Since mosquitoes (and bugs in general) hate smoke, they will keep away from it (for the most part).

In order to contain the smudge and make it portable, I use an old soup can with a wire coat hanger rigged into a handle.

This is also an excellent way to make a coal transportable over long distances. Just keep adding punk wood to the can while you hike.

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North Country Trail

NCT Day Hike – Lowell, Michigan

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In this video I take you along with me on a recent (and frigid!) day hike on the North Country Trail in Lowell, Michigan. This day hike represented the final miles for my #Hike100NCT challenge. This challenge is sponsored by the North Country Trail Association in conjunction with the National Park Service to encourage folks to get out on the trail this year in celebration of its 100 year anniversary.

The temps and winds varied for the day with averages at around 10F with wind chills bringing it down to -5F.

We started our hike at a boy scout cabin in the Lowell State Game area in Lowell, Michigan. From there we hiked about 7.5 miles north, and then back to the cabin. This was a group day hike with the Michigan Hiking and Backpacking Facebook Group.

I got to meet some really cool people, and it was amazing weather for a hike. Afterwards we all went over to the Flatt River Grill in Lowell for some much deserved grub. I had their Flatt River Burger with fries and it was amazing. :-)

See you outdoors! :-)

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Frogg Toggs

Frogg Toggs Toadz Anura Jacket Review

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In the video below I review the Frogg Toggs Toadz Anura rain jacket. I’ve now had this jacket on me for a few rainy day hikes, and have really been impressed with its performance. I would say that this jacket is a step up from the entry-level Frogg Toggs jackets. It features the same material that has made Frogg Toggs famous, but is covered in an extra layer of material that enhances the look and performance of the jacket.

If you would like more information on this jacket, or if you would like to purchase one and support my channel, head on over to: http://amzn.to/1OnVohx

This jacket features 4 zipper pockets on the outside; two on the chest, and two on the sides for hands etc. It also has two VERY large internal pockets where you could dump all kinds of gear; hand warmers come to mind in particular.

The waist seam has two cinch cords so you can tighten the waist. It also has a cinch-able hood with two pulls where you would normally find them, but also one on the top/back of the head for further tightening.

I’ll be honest that I am always a little leery when it comes to rain jackets with zipper pockets, so to test the pockets, I put card-stock in them before heading out on a rainy hike, needless to say, the car-stock came out bone dry at the end of the day.

I was also very impressed with how lightweight and packable this jacket is. I could really pack this thing down so it didn’t take up so much pack space.

 

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The J Stroke

Canoe Tip – The J Stroke

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In the video 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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Charlestown State Park

Charlestown State Park Day Hike

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In this video I take you along with me on a rainy day hike in Charlestown State Park in Charlestown, Indiana. This park sits right on the Ohio River, and is very rich in history. For this hike, I hiked trails 3 and 7 which led me down to the banks of the Ohio River. This is a very well-marked, and mostly paved hike. This trail took me down to the historic Rose Island, which was sort of an amusement park in the early 20th century. There were still many remnants of the park left to enjoy which you will see in the video.

Before going any further though, I do want to apologize because I kept pronouncing this place as “CharlesTON” instead of “CharlesTOWN”. My bad :-)

One thing that was nice about this particular hike, is that because it was rainy and in late November, I had the trail all to myself. Along the trail were many signs, and interactive kiosks that told the history of the park, which was nice too.

Here are a couple of links you may find helpful if you are ever decide to check out the area:
http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2986.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlestown_State_Park

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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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Rose Hips

Rose Hips – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video we explore the wonderful and sweet rose hip. Rose hips are a wild edible that is best harvested in the fall after the first frost or two. In this video we take an up close look at the plant talk about how you can enjoy this wild edible on the trail, and give a few tips and cautions about utilizing rose hips for consumption.

A few cool facts about rose hips…
1) All rose hips are edible, but do vary in taste from species to species
2) Rose hips contain 50 times the vitamin C compared to citrus fruits
3) The hairs on the seed of rose hips were used to make the first itching powder.

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DIY waterproofing

DIY Waterproofing

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In this video, I take you along as I make a batch of DIY waxed waterproofing solution to treat some of my outdoor gear with. This is a super simple process, that is very effective in treating any cotton or leather goods that you may have. It also seems to be popular right now to have waxed cotton goods, so you might even use this to wax your stuff to stay trendy :-)

In this recipe, I used 8 ounces of beeswax (you can also use paraffin), 4 ounces of boiled linseed oil, and 4 ounces of turpentine.

If you do decide to make this waterproofing solution, I highly suggest you do it outdoors because you are working with some flammable ingredients.

If you want to help support the channel, here are a few links to the ingredients for this project:
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Paraffin Wax: http://amzn.to/1SfzfAY
Turpentine: http://amzn.to/1Sfzrjw
Boiled Linseed Oil: http://amzn.to/1GUXF2m

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You’re Invited! Fall Colors Day Hike

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Join me and others from the Michigan Hiking and Backpacking Facebook Group for a day-hike on the North Country Trail through the Lost Nation State Game Area in Pittsford, Michigan.

This day hike will take you along 7(ish) miles of the North Country trail during a time of year traditionally ablaze with the colors of fall.

It’s all happening on Saturday, October 24th at 9am.

No huge agenda other than just enjoying creation together with a bunch of fellow trail junkies. You might just meet some kindred spirits :-)

We will meet up at 9am in the Family Dollar parking lot in Pittsford, Michigan. From there we will drive to the starting parking area, then send some of our vehicles to the end parking area. After the hike, if several of us would be willing to take people back to the start for their cars, I would greatly appreciate it. I may have a 15 passenger van available as well to shuttle folks if we need it. The Family Dollar was just built this past month, so it is not on any maps. If you need directions, it’s on the corner of M-34 (Hudson Rd.) and Pittsford Rd in Pittsford, Michigan. This is such a small town so if you can get to it, you can’t miss the store.

Please bring items you would imagine needing for a normal day hike in the fall including water, food, jacket, hat, camera, good shoes/socks, rain gear etc. If the chance of precipitation is anything greater than 40% in Pittsford, Michigan on the day of the hike we will cancel. It’s no fun hiking in 40-50 degree weather when it’s raining out! :-)

I would rate this trail as moderate in difficulty due to several stream crossings, and a bit of steep/sometimes muddy terrain in parts, so be advised if you are new to hiking.

If you would like to camp here the night before, please follow this link for information on dispersed camping on Michigan State land (http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10365_10883-31303–,00.html) It’s free, but there are some things you need to know/do. Please, please, please practice LNT while here.

For information on this section of trail, here are a few more links:
http://www.michigandnr.com/publications/pdfs/huntingwildlifehabitat/sga/Lost_Nation_SGA_map.pdf
http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/mash_lostnation.htm
http://www.summitpost.org/north-country-trail-lost-nation-state-game-area-northwest-section/610122

Here are a few maps of the trail we will be hiking:

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If you have any questions about this get-together, just hit me up, and if you plant to come, please let me know via the Facebook event. :-)

See you outdoors (literally this time :-)

– Dave

 

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wood sorrel

Wood Sorrel – Wild Edibles Series

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Wood Sorrel (aka Oxalis acetosella) has to be one of my favorite wild edible plants to find. It’s taste is one of the best in the leaf world IMHO, and it is super easy to identify. The taste can really give you a boost on the trail. To my knowledge there are no known toxic lookalikes. Having said that, always consult with a local expert first before consuming ANY wild edible plant.

One thing I will say is that wood sorrel contains a chemical called oxalic acid. In quantity, oxalic acid is bad for you, but I can’t say for sure how much it would take to hurt you. One more reason to consult a local expert first. With many wild edible plants, only certain parts can be consumed while other parts are toxic, and certain plants can only be consumed in certain quantities before they become bad for you. My guess is that the amount it takes is determined much by who you are. For example, while a pound might be bad for young children or pregnant mothers, it may be perfectly fine for a 25-year-old. Don’t take my advice on consumption though! Consult with a local expert first.

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Trout Lily

Trout Lily – Wild Edibles Series

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In this video, we take a quick look at trout lily, a very nutritious wild edible plant that grows as a ground cover in many eastern woodlands of the United States. In this video, we’ll get super up close to help you ID the thing in the wild. The entire thing is edible, even the bulb that grows beneath the ground. You’ve probably stepped on this, not knowing the thing was even edible!

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Trout lily
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