Category Archives: Kayaking

2015 Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race

The forecast for Saturday morning continued to switch between rain and clear but not too cold. Mid April in northeast Ohio could be sunny and hot, cold and snowing, or anywhere in between. This is why we had waited until the last few hours of early registration prior to signing up for the 2015 Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race. Race day turned out to be absolutely perfect with sunny blue skies and temperatures that made shorts and a T-shirt comfortable on the water. The rain earlier in the week put the river flow around 3.5 feet Continue reading 2015 Grand River Canoe and Kayak Race

2015 Goals

I’m a couple of days late for a New Years post but since I’m not one to make new years resolutions I think I’m fine. This post is all about trips that I would like to complete this year. Some are simply experiencing a new bike trail while others are more involved such as a week-long kayaking trip. This is a list of what I would like to do and if this year is like past years then the list will be longer than what I have the time or funds to complete, I’ll therefore try to keep it short.


  • Complete the Georgia section of the AT by hiking from Neal’s Gap to Amicalola Falls State Park.
  • Backpack the Allegheny Front Trail.
  • Do more short weekend trips including one winter trip.


  • Ride the bike path at Oil Creek State Park.
  • Bike all or a portion of the Western Reserve Greenway.


  • A friend and I are informally discussing a trip on the Muskingum River from the Tuscarora River to the Ohio River.
  • Complete the Grand River from the headwaters to Lake Erie.
  • If the Muskingum River trip falls through them something on the Allegheny River.


Overall I would like to get out more this year and I’m setting a goal of 52 hikes or activities of one hour or more per year, similar to the few I have posted here.  A three-day trip will count as one activity, not three.  I’ve never tracked or counted my activities in the past so I’m not sure if 52 is more or less than typical. I know that some portions of the year I get multiple in a week but others times no activities. I will track these somehow on the blog.

Speaking of the blog, my intent is to continue posting information and addition useful how-to posts. I enjoy it and I’m starting to see an increase in legitimate visitors but most page views are still spam.

– Jeff

The Allegheny Reservoir near Pollys Run.
The Allegheny Reservoir near Pollys Run.

Perception Sport Rhythm 11 Kayak Review

The Perception Sport Rhythm 11 is technically the wife’s boat but I have paddled it many times. This is the second paddling season we have owned the Perception Sport and Future Beach Fusion . Both purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods. The Perception was purchased for $400 while the Fusion was purchased for $219. In my opinion both boats are Continue reading Perception Sport Rhythm 11 Kayak Review

Kayaking – How to Have an Enjoyable Trip

We all want our kayaking trips to be enjoyable.  With a little forethought and knowledge you will be doing much better than blindly heading out .  If you are new to the sport or thinking about renting some boats for your once a year trip then this post is for you.

I saw this FaceBook post last Saturday and had to Continue reading Kayaking – How to Have an Enjoyable Trip

Kayaking Grand River – Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing

Saturday June 28 Scott and I kayaked the Grand River from Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing through Painesville, Ohio.  There are three distinct personalities to the river through Painesville.   The first section from Mason’s Landing to Helen Hazen Wyman park has a Continue reading Kayaking Grand River – Mason’s Landing to Grand River Landing

An Evening Kayaking at Fairport Lakefront Park

It was Memorial Day around 6 PM and Scott and I were looking for somewhere to Kayak.  We were considering Grand River Landing, Mentor Lagoons and F airport Lakefront Park.  It was a bit windy earlier in the day so we were concerned that Lake Erie may be a bit rough so Continue reading An Evening Kayaking at Fairport Lakefront Park

Sunday Afternoon Kayak

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon with the temperatures in the mid 60’s.  My daughter and I decided to take a quick kayaking trip on the Grand River in Painesville.  To stay close to home we were debating between Grand River Landing or Mentor Lagoons.  We chose Grand River Landing as it was closer and our time was limited.

We had three or four waves of storms Continue reading Sunday Afternoon Kayak