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Introductions: Between Seth Green and Burt Reynolds

I’m no canoeist. I’m closer to the city-slicker side of the spectrum than the veteran river rat. Consider me as more of a Seth Green in Without a Paddle character as opposed to Burt Reynolds’ Lewis Medlock in Deliverance.

Sure, I grew up paddling recreationally with family. Yes, my future is tied up in equity of a paddlesports company. Ah yeah, did I mention that I spend a lot of time escaping reality between the pages of old river adventure novels and Canoeroots Magazine? All the things considered, I’m still new at this. I’m so new at this that on my first 12-mile canoe trip my Dad – who used to paddle class IV rapids in his sleep – jokingly implied that he would be impressed if I could get the boat to stay straight.

He was right. After launching the canoe and paddling downriver with the canoe facing backwards (stern first), I was quick to concede that maybe his jokes deserved a little more merit than I initially gave them. We couldn’t even get the damn thing facing the right way. There was hardly any hope for keeping it straight.

So, Mr. Newbie Canoe Blogger, what gives? What are you writing about and why should I care?

It’s simple. This is my outlet for being creative, exploring the romance of the seemingly dated sport, and – most importantly – entertaining current or future paddlers looking for the adventure of their paddling escape from the comfort of their home.

Imagine a bow seat experience without having to deal with the sore shoulders, battered bug bites, and Cliff Bar culinary cuisine for every meal. No dirt. No inclement weather. No long portages. All I have for you are words laced together the best way I know how.


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Mark Vlaskamp

After four years as Marketing Director for Yak Gear, Mark now partners with creative outdoor brands and pursues the gray area between freelancing and (f)unemployment. Currently, he is floating between Austin and Houston, TX - still searching for new water, cool people, and cheap beer.

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A Long Portage:

We're back after a really long portage. What used to be a roadtrip-centric canoe blog is now a bit more settled in the Texas Hill Country. We still believe canoeing is dated, not dead. And we still chase high CFS and sticky situations.

But we're not on a roadtrip battling for cell service from the backseat of the Jeep anymore. We're enjoying life off the road. The showers, hot meals, and stable jobs are nice too.

If the paddling road trip is what you're looking for, it's moved here.


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