Spending Time Outdoors With Friends Makes You Happier

It probably comes as no surprise that a recent study has found that spending time outdoors, away from crowds, and with friend makes you happier. Li, N. P. and Kanazawa, S. (2016), Country roads, take me home… to my friends: How intelligence, population density, and friendship affect modern happiness. Br J Psychol, 107: 675–697. doi:10.1111/bjop.12181...

Dubside Coming to Qajaq TC!

World renowned Greenland paddler Dubside is coming to Qajaq TC in 2017. Also known as the Michigan Training Camp, Qajaq TC is a small traditional or Greenland kayaking symposioum. Dubside is well known for his rolling abilities as well his Greenland ropes skills. Dubside is flat out amazing and anything I write will pale...

Hey, I DO Eat This At Home!

Chef Michael Gray

When it comes to backcountry cooking and eating well, Michael Gray is the acknowledged expert chef. Dubbed the Eric Clapton of backcountry cooking, Michael is the owner and chief guide at Uncommon Adventures and author of Hey, I’d Eat This At Home!  While most people who venture into the backcountry for a camping trip often struggle with...

The Famous Blue IKEA Bag

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Stuff. Lots of stuff. Kayaking involves plenty of stuff. Carrying all this stuff from your car to your kayak and vice versa can be a logistical juggling act that even Tenzing Norgay would subcontract out. Since Sherpas and kayaking don't really go together let us consider something a bit more practical, the IKEA Frakta...

Kayaking Lake Huron and Thunder Bay

Lake Huron

Years back, before I had any formal training in Sea Kayaking, I found myself in Lake Huron with three other friends. We had a great time on that trip but in retrospect we made so many mistakes that could have been easily averted. Lake Huron's Thunder Bay is located near Alpena, Michigan. Known for...

Hiking to Mount LeConte Lodge

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Nestled high up in the Smoky Mountains is Mount LeConte Lodge. Named after the peak that is sits on, the lodge is only accessible by foot. Mount LeConte Lodge offers tremendous panoramic views of the Smoky Mountain National park and since one must hike at least a few hours to access the lodge, it...

Kayaking Beaver Island

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“Look, there’s a kayak school in the middle of Lake Michigan!” I said to my wife. We were looking for something to do for our summer vacation and I had often wondered what Beaver Island had to offer. I had seen the island on the map before and wondered what was there. So after...

Backpacking North Manitou Island

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Introduction Be sure to check out Things to do on North Manitou Island as well as Things to see on North Manitou Island. Backpacking North Manitou Island Located 8 miles offshore from Lake Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes, North Manitou Island is a great destination for those looking for a wilderness experience without actually being...

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