Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spring will one day come...
...and bring with it a symposium or two that you might want to start looking at now. Just checking out the web sites and planning on some classes and trips can be the elixir that gets you over the winter hump.
Around here, there will be an Inland Sea Kayak Symposium in June. This takes places every other year and is held in Washburn which is at the NW top of Wisconsin and near the Apostle Islands. This year, word is, Nigel Dennis will be there. Think about attending this one and then staying on for a camping-kayak adventure.

The weekend after the fourth of July is the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium sponsored by Rutabaga in Madison. This is held on the tip of Door county which is the thumb your hand if you hold it palm facing away. This one is very well organized with a wonderful array of classes on and off the water. There are brown bag lunch seminars and evening meals under the big top. Even off site classes (e.g., beginning rolling is done in an inland lake rather than on Lake Michigan) are only a short distance from the home site.

A week later is the Grand Marais Symposium up on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Like the Inland Sea gathering, this one uses Lake Superior and has wonderful guided side trips along with the usual variety of skills training.

I don't know much about the Western Michigan one as I've not had the pleasure of attending it. Perhaps someone will drop a comment on it. Mean while, start browsing and start believing that spring will come.

Paddl;e safe...


derrick said...

Michigan is still my personal favorite. Not because it's the biggest or because the waves or the biggest or the water is squirly but simply because it's as close as I've come to spending a weekend with people I only see once a year and feeling like I never left.

DaveO said...

It will be good to get back to Washburn again. Gail and Grant always put on a good event and the new director of the Inland Sea Society, Charly Ray, is a good guy as well. We'll scheme on the 'come early, stay late' plan at Canoecopia.