This blog is about my efforts to live aboard a cruising sailboat.  Which is something I’d thought about ever since 1983. This desire developed after a few days sailing around the Apostle Islands with some whitewater paddling friends on the ‘Sheila Yates’, a 50’ wooden schooner gaff and square rigged.  Whitewater paddling and eventually kayak touring, popularly called ‘Sea Kayaking’ are a big part of my history.  I even gave up construction work to start and operate a kayak touring retail business in Grand Marais, Minnesota, which I stubbornly operated for 18 years.  I’ve great memories of my paddling past, including 2 trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, lots of paddling out east and out west plus whitewater trips to Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.  I have no digital media from back in those days to share, but after ending my kayak touring business in 2009 I did engage in 2 major kayak touring expeditions.  The first was paddling the Inside Passage of British Columbia and SE Alaska in 2010 detailed with slideshows below.  The second was a Circumnavigation of Lake Superior in 2012 which I blogged here.  Kayaking around Lake Superior

Back in 2010 I joined friends and former employees Dave and Amy on the first 'leg' of their Wilderness Classroom Project, The North American Odyssey.  The 3 of us along with another friend, Clayton kayaked the Inside Passage from Bellingham, Washington to Skagway, Alaska.  I had not yet started using blogger to blog my travels but did create 9 Picasa Web Albums.  I've embedded the 9 Picasa Albums below.  The first one 'The Start' is set to play automatically.  The remaining 8 album slideshows start as you click the arrow.
NOTE: If using Apple iOS the slideshow, which uses Flash won't show.  You can download the Puffin web-browser App for your Apple mobile device.  Flash works in iOS Puffin!!

The Start

B.C. Border to Powell River

Desolation Sound to Port Hardy

Queen Charlotte Straight to Bella Bella

...after Bella Bella to Prince Rupert

...after Prince Rupert to Ketchikan

...after Ketchikan to Petersburg

...after Petersburg to Haines and Skagway

Alaskan Marine Hwy Ferry . MV Columbia