Monthly Archives: September 2009

Heading ESE

To Wisconsin!

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Adhoc Workshop Poem

Trash, Throw away, toss Until the whole world is lost But wait! There’s no such thing as junk Only magical sustainable funk There’s an anonymous invisible army Finding rubber, glass and metal For creating amazing creatures That bark, buzz and … Continue reading

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Still in the UP

It’s 9:00 am at Rapid River, Michigan on the Stonington Penninsula. There’s a big wind ready to blow me south to Green Bay and beyond. Robot weather reports are out of commission as my little radio got wet on the … Continue reading

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Summer Islands and beyond

I spent the night at Dune Buggy Blowouts, my name for the sandy beach  I detoured to after yesterdays intense push to Summer Island. From a mile or two away, it looked very inviting. Upon landing, I found tire tracks … Continue reading

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Intensity

I jettisoned the sludge around 9:00 am and headed southwest, with the intention of hyper jumping 40 miles across the UP and camping just past the Garden Peninsula on summer island. It was to be a short and very intense … Continue reading

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The Upper Peninsula

I saw the Upper Penninsula of Michigan pretty quick but my vector brought the coast up gradually. As the shore came into view, I could not see the rosy beige colors of friendly quartz sand beaches, but rather blue water … Continue reading

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Bye bye Beaver

Seemed like I’d stayed for days and days, but it was only four days. Easy to get in the groove on Beaver with so many friendly folks around.  I’m off to pack the boat and launch. With luck, Naubenway today. … Continue reading

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Snorkling with Dick

Monday morning, while waiting to interview Dick Burris the stonemason,  I chatted with Doug Tilley, manager at the CMU research station over breakfast at the Dalwhinnie Bakery. Dick and I connected later, two interviews in one day! We ended up … Continue reading

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An Island called Beaver

There are disasters, problems and blessings. Any life worth living is an admixture of these. So much life in a couple of days. First my current position. At a power enabled table in Danny Donegals Pub, Beaver Island, sipping a … Continue reading

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Dark night of Charlevoix

My iPhone had a mishap, so I am recalling events from a future perspective, having lost several posts in process. Having left Barnes Park around 10:30 am with it’s sparkling toilets, I made the dash for the end of Grand … Continue reading

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Dinner by candlelight

The candle is optimally situated. The bowl of quinoa porridge with collard greens and button mushrooms steams in the foreground, illuminated enough so that one may design a fortunate arrangement of tasty morsels on one’s spoon. In the background, in … Continue reading

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Old Mission to Barnes

Brisk north wind of 15 knots with gusts up to 25! Then there were the waves, crest to trough 4-5 ft at times. Sail up and over, big splash, do it again. After about 14 miles of tacking nw and … Continue reading

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Fruit fly friendship

My bare back is covered with fruit flies, a delicious tingle like static electricity. That’s this mornings update from the nitrogen accumulator, otherwise known as the dungomatic, TM. I’d anchored on a pretty wild beach and so was amazed to … Continue reading

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Keep Warm

The Science of Keeping Warm Dressing to stay warm is all about slowing the transfer of heat from your body to the outside environment. Basically you’re trying to put your warm body in the best thermos possible. The process of … Continue reading

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Anchored at the tip of Old Mission

After clawing my way out of Grand Traverse Bay for the better part of the afternoon, I decided to turn right and check out the tip of Old Mission Penninsula for overnight potential. It looked quite picturesque with seagulls and … Continue reading

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Slow motion start

The bustling urban mileau fades ever so slowly into a haze of jet exhaust and wood smoke. Bows angling toward the arctic, I slither forward on an occassional puff of wind. 30+ miles before I can clear Grand Traverse Bay, … Continue reading

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Michigan Schooner Festival

I’d like to say that it was all part of the master plan, so maybe I will. I arrived in Traverse City just in time for the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s Michigan Schooner Festival, a (near) zero waste event. Around and … Continue reading

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Back in Beulah

Caught some excellent interviews at the Schooner Festival yesterday with Tom Kelly, Master of the Inland Seas, Ray Minervinni of Grand Traverse Commons, Andy Gale from Bay Area Recycling for Charities and Tanya and Chris from Homegrown. I borrowed Jeff’s … Continue reading

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Jeff’s place

At the home of Jeff Gibbs, friend and advisor. Mentor even, feisty ally and occasional pain in the ass. He’s offering me a base of operations for reorganization and resupply here in Traverse City. I’m off to the Schooner Festival … Continue reading

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Grand Traverse Bay

Stuck, stuck, stuck this morning from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. When will I learn to turn on the radio? Poised to enter Grand Traverse Bay after an excellent night under the clay cliffs of Northport’s big lake shores, I … Continue reading

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Northport

It was late in the day when we approached Northport’s clay cliffs, reminiscent of crumbling citadels. Several spots looked agreeable and unpopulated from the water, but I decided to chase down a couple walking north along the beach and get … Continue reading

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Digital zoom saved my life

After all of Kai’s stories about crossing the Pacific in Desire and almost being run over by robot controlled cruise ships, I finally got a taste. Having caught a lovely wind after leaving North Manitou Island, I was making deligtful … Continue reading

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Bliss and shadow

Decided to check out of the Crescent City condo and point the bows at Traverse City. A great start at 10:00, enjoying a steady push north from a south breeze. Rounded the north end of the island too close to … Continue reading

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On the wire

Moving out towards the Manitou Islands from the mainland felt wonderful. These islands have much resonance for me and approaching them while in synchromesh with the wind and a sailboat made me giddy. Long tacks to the NE and NW … Continue reading

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South of Port Oneida

Here’s where i tack away from the mainland and run for the island.

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To North!

My own little spot of heaven, just south of Sleeping Bear Point. All sorts of interesting things to see just over these low dunes, but no time. Gotta move on, North Manitou Island awaits.

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Not dead yet

Stopped for the night south of Sleeping Bear Dunes Point. Here’s the approach as the sun was setting. The peak at the left of the shot (north)  is about 400 ft high. I beached Hello World even farther to the … Continue reading

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Sleeping Bear Dunes

Here’s the namesake of the entire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These images hardly do the dunes justice, they’re huge and… sandy.

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Approaching Empire

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South of Esch Road

Late start today 2 hours and then I’ll check in.

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Pumping water

After putting a good amount of distance between me and the starter fluid people, I blew off the idea of reaching Otter Creek. It was surely not far away, but it was getting late and I was ready to stop. … Continue reading

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Moon trail

I recorded an iPhone audio snippet of my moolit sail to Otter Creek. The slight wind continued for what seemed hours. In the dark, I passed chatty smokers anchored by what I guessed to be Platte River. Later and far … Continue reading

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Underway? Underweigh?

Better figure out which one is proper, wouldn’t want to give the impression I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s all about the lingo. So here we are heading north in the zig zaggy pattern sailors call tacking. I can … Continue reading

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Larry for launch

Here’s an excerpt with Larry Kinney discussing Harmony Home Construction, recorded on Elberta Beach, a few hours before I launched. Having Larry’s energy around was a huge gift, but to pull off an interview with him too? Bonus!

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E Beach arrival and party the second

Elberta Beach, the most dazzling jewel in Benzie County’s diadem of wilderness destinations. Granted there are fools who occasionally drive their vehicles on the beach and yes, jetskis buzz by once in awhile. In spite of these insults – glory, … Continue reading

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Launch!

It’s 7:00 am UTC-4 or eastern standard time for you lubbers, and this is it finally, with luck. Hello World has lay quietly at anchor all night while multigenerational revelers ran slightly amuck. I’ve got a garage to clean, some … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang

Even a sailboat has an environmental cost. Rebuilding Hello World was intended as a low impact project, not a sustainable project as I defined it a few days ago. Not only was electricity and petroleum poured into the tools, lights … Continue reading

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Party then Launch

Launch on Saturday 8:00 am AFTER launch party Friday at 6:00 pm. The checklists are evaporating, I went to bed early-ish last night – should be a productive couple of days. RSVP if you’re coming. I’ll be press releasing from … Continue reading

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The sun

Beautiful today. I need a nap and thought about a quick one on Hello World. Laying here in the sun is very nice. That’s Patrick on the sunken pirate ship mast, he just showed up. Guess I’ll make him drive … Continue reading

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Pushing off Friday, I mean Saturday…

Had enough lists yet? It looks like Friday’s the day, just waiting for confirmation from the portage team. I’m enjoying a quiet moment in the nitrogen accumulator and composting facility. It’s all good, I’m wanting a bit more sleep but … Continue reading

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Checklist Vixia HFS10 (Camera A)

√ (1) Drybag Sealline Sealpak Camera A √ (1) Tenba padded case √ (1) hand towel √ (1) Kingston Technologies MobileLite card reader ~$20.00 √ (1) Delkin Technologies 16 gb class 6 SDHC ~$40 √ (1) Canon Vixia HF S10 … Continue reading

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Checklist Sundries

20′ rope, 30′ drawstring, 200′ twine 4 x spare synch thingies 2 x lighter candle lantern 3 x candles Hygiene Health and First Aid scissor tweezor utility knife finger nail clipper aspirin cotton swabs 20 x hair ties Shaman Rx … Continue reading

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Checklist Clothes

Splitting the checklist into sections cause it’s getting outta hand. 2 x socks wool 2 x underwear quick dry 2 x underwear cotton 2 x merino top 2 x merino bottom 1 x black cargo pants 1 x pile pullover … Continue reading

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Seeds of Change

There are seeds in my landfill lifestyle, seeds of change, seeds of a fuzzy future utopia. If we poke around, can we find some pre-sprouted possibility, can we find the incarnate potential, a hint of what IT might look like? … Continue reading

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Search for Sustainable Civilizations

Queue voice over by Rod Serling or Leonard Nimoy… not Twilight Zone or Star Trek, but the 70’s Cousteau docs of Serling’s and the 80s ‘In Search Of’ series hosted by Nimoy. Sustainable Civilizations has a mythic ring. They are … Continue reading

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