Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lower Colorado River Canoe Trip GPS Data

OK, I finally got around to getting the GPS coordinates off the GPS and uploaded the data onto EveryTrail. The best way to view it is to click it to go to EveryTrail, click "view map fullscreen", pause the slideshow and close the image, then zoom in on the route clicking the red dots to view the photos at that location. You'll notice the first portion from Walter's Camp to just before Draper's Cabin is not very accurate. I had forgot to start the Waypoint Tracking on my GPS. From Draper's Cabin on it's very accurate!

You can download the gpx file of the trip on EveryTrail by clicking here:

Lower Colorado River Canoe Trip

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lower Colorado Canoe Trip Video

Put together a video of our trip to the Lower Colorado River. See the full trip report here:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Red Cross Canoeing

Aside from canoeing down the Lower Colorado river and picking up a new canoe, I've been spending a lot of time helping out to get ready for another season of teaching canoeing with the other volunteers in the Red Cross Canoeing committee. I've mentioned it a few times here, but it really is a great program of canoeing classes in Sacramento. The program has been around for over 35 years, and there are some seriously good paddlers teaching for it.

Anyways, one of the things I have been doing to help out in the program, and in promoting canoeing in the area in general, is to work on the Red Cross Canoeing website. In the past the canoeing classes were just mixed in with all the other American Red Cross courses. This year I have been working with the folks at the Capital Region Chapter to create a bit of an identity for the program. To start with we added a dedicated canoeing section for prospective students to check out. From there, a description of each class and a photo illustrating the class can be found. I'm also adding a photo gallery for pictures we have, and in the future hope to add photos submitted by students of the class and the canoeing they do after taking the class. It's coming together pretty good, and I'm hoping it will help to boost enrollment this year.

Check it out here:

Navarro Canoe

Jennifer and I have been keeping our eyes open on the local craigslist for a little bigger canoe (okay, maybe it was mainly me looking). We looked into an 18 foot Kevlar Wenonah Jensen, but I had too many questions about it that we passed on it. At the same time a friend of mine told me about a Navarro Canoe that might be coming available. I had seen a few here and there, and let me tell you they are some beautiful canoes. I started searching for more about them and found one listed, but it was in Ashland Oregon (some 4.5 hours away). Seemed too far to go, but I emailed the guy selling it anyhow to get more information about these boats that I was quickly becoming highly interested in. I exchanged a few emails with him, and long story short, he and his wife offered us a very good deal on not only a beautiful 17 foot boat, but some nice paddles, a canoe cart that's more heavy duty than my old one (see my Daddy daughter canoe trip report to see what happened to my last one), and a bunch of miscellaneous PFDs and flotation pads (we can always use extras for guests). They liked the idea of selling the canoe to us, as they too had a boy and girl and used to enjoy canoeing with them when they were younger. It was just too good of a deal to pass up.