Kayaking

From the canals of the Spreewald Biosphere Reserve to the largest lake in Switzerland

Baltic Sea Camping at Ostsee-Camp Kliff

"What's it like camping in Germany," you ask? After an inordinate amount of effort on our part, we can now answer that.  We finally camped in Germany in a bona fide, straight-up legit campground - unlike our experience Kayaking the Spreewald Biosphere Res...
kayaking the Werra River

Kayaking the Werra River

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about taking a drive with Travis over to Kiessee, a small lake in Göttingen, to try to connect with folks from the Göttinger Paddler-Club.  When we didn't find anyone at their boathouse on the lake, I tried again to get in to...
Oru kayaking on Lake Gruyere, Switzerland

An Oru Maiden Voyage

Lake Gruyère is the second largest reservoir in Switzerland.  It stretches for 13.5 km from just south of the small university town of Fribourg nearly to the town of Broc, home of the country's famous Nestlé chocolate factory.  An artificial lake, it was creat...
Our new Oru kayaks in Switzerland

Taking The Oru Plunge

One year, 3 months, and 21 days ago, I watched with a heavy heart as my beautiful blue Dagger Blackwater kayak went home with a new owner.  Completely taken aback by how emotional I was to part with it, I wondered when during our nine years of adventures toget...
Paddling an Oru kayak in Switzerland

Oru, The Origami Kayak

In 2012, something miraculous was born in the dynamically artistic city of San Francisco, California.  It was a company called Oru Kayak.   Their ingenious creation?  A 12 foot origami kayak. The idea was born of one man's desire to have a lightweight, easy t...