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The Inland Paddler: Hope Floats but that’s about it

Scuppers the Sailor Dog
There must be a water entity that loves to collect things. Specifically, a demigod of sorts that covets my eyewear. Were you to drag the little cove across from the Beaver Dam swim area at Falls Lake, near Raleigh, NC, you would find at...

The Inland Paddler: Fall Ahead

Fall Sunrise
The river in autumn knows just where to go, through short days and falling leaves. It measures a pace neither hurried nor slow, as it makes its way down to the sea - Joe Newberry My Facebook news feed has been lit up with paddle...

Gear Review: Four Mobile Apps that Make Paddling Alone Safer

We all know that the buddy system is best. Sometimes, though, that’s just not an option. Maybe you just want to paddle alone to clear the cobwebs, or to keep from strangling someone. Maybe you are focusing on training goals. Or maybe your preferred...

The Inland Paddler: Of Forecasts, Cell Phones and Death Toads

Sometimes we get complacent. We've paddled the same spot so many times without incident that we could do it with our eyes closed. The one hour workout is so routine, we needn't worry about anything, especially the what ifs. How many times have we...

Inland Paddler: Lisa Schell on her Falls Lake Adventure

I whine a lot about living inland.   No surf, no current, no ocean chop, no downwinders. Can’t really practice for the “real” paddling and racing that takes place on the coast.  Can’t just run out the front door and be on the water in...

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