Category Archives: Around Lake Michigan

North Manitou expedition

Artist house, Inc. / Trickster Pictures is having a company picnic and sleepover on North Manitou Island from July 26-31. You are invited. Ben Woody, Bri Mathias and Dan Kelly plan to sail Hobie 16s from Point Betsie to Crescent … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping

I was in the potting shed the other morning which is situated very close to the road. Two neighbors walking their dogs were passing my property in opposite directions and had a conversation which I couldn’t help but hear… Woman … Continue reading

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Illustrated Revelations on an Art of Self

The outcome for 1/1 – 1/2 is to publish a clear and fun compendium and quick reference for the driving objectives of 2013. Let’s begin with thinking about thinking. How do introspective sessions connect and coalese, how do I bind … Continue reading
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Why I Spoke Out by Jeff Gibbs

Some supporters of “25 x 25″ have wondered why I spoke out just now about Proposal 3 or “25 x 25.”  I will tell you why. But first about the points I made. Now as before they say little bio-massacre … Continue reading

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Michigan “25 x 25” is a Bio-Massacre by Jeff Gibbs

This is an email that Jeff is circulating regarding Michigan’s Proposal 3. I’ve bloggified it for social media links. Michigan “25 x 25” is a Bio-Massacre by Jeff Gibbs In Michigan right now ballot Proposal 3 known as “25 x … Continue reading

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Projects in Progress Chapter 1

Here’s my instant review of Blue Planet with David Attenborough – things want to eat and breed and not get eaten. The ocean is big and mysterious, underwater photographers experience some serious beauty. What struck me in the tub at … Continue reading Continue reading

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A nice day

Seems almost wrong to be staring at screens when it’s so lovely outside, implementing roto, roto, roto. That’s what has to be done as I drive forward on DOG’s conclusion. This repetitive visual work leaves great chunks of my brain … Continue reading
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Fukushima butterfies

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Liz Vision

I got an actual letter from Liz Paladino on June 25, freshly recovered from the archives.

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Fukushima in the USA

Arnie Gunderson – 23 plants in the USA identical to Fukushima, 2 near Chicago, Dresden and Quad City neither are on Lake Michigan Continue reading

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Cast of characters

Up this morning early trying to time lapse celestial events, then back home for a super hot bath. Claire raved about cold showers and so as a concession to her I flopped into Crystal right after. It’s been a super … Continue reading
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Posts to post

I’ve been blogging in my mind for the last couple of months, here’s a sample of the topics I’d like elaborate on soonish. First, a crisis of confidence. Gosh, why blog at all? With the explosion of FB, a personal … Continue reading
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Summer priorities

Before Lena Maude headed west, she grabbed the full set of Tony Robbins Personal Power. I have taken the course about 10 times since the early 90s and suggested she give it a whirl. Admittedly Tony is a little over … Continue reading
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Cutting glass

Ben and I do DOG daily (have you met Ben Woody?) but my early evenings and weekends are dedicated to acquiring old Hobie 16s cheap – usually with soft decks and other structural issues. This is long range planning for … Continue reading
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This is another test…

of auto tweeting for On Desire!   Continue reading

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More boats?

Yes, Trickster Pictures is acquiring more sailboats in preparation for the post petroleum America. Mostly Hobie 16s, same as Hello World. Beyond fun! Actually the point of this post is to see if we can re-establish our inter blog communication. Jordan Bates found me a plug-in with promise – a feed based updater. Now the […] Continue reading

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Deserving to live

You know, I haven’t yet reproduced. There’s been some opportunity and perhaps even motive, but my unique DNA remains proprietary. Cool people should breed and all that. Am I cool? Do I or any of you deserve to even survive, much less replicate? I’m not down on myself, in fact I think I’m one of […] Continue reading

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Dear Earth

English Dear Earth, We, the people of the USA, are finally getting our shit together. We’re actually practicing democracy by taking direct responsibility for ourselves. We’ve always been in power here but have inappropriately allowed our beliefs and behaviors to … Continue reading

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Awash in wildflowers…

…and basking in beauty, that’s the summer of 2011. Hello World has been beached (blossomed) for a solid year following her crippling injury 30 miles north of Chicago that ended our 2010 expedition. She’s communing with the flox and vetch … Continue reading

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Awash in wildflowers…

…and basking in beauty, that’s the summer of 2011. Hello World has been beached (blossomed) for a solid year following her crippling injury 30 miles north of Chicago that ended our 2010 expedition. She’s communing with the flox and vetch across the street, waiting for repairs. Patrick and I are converting a storage shed into […] Continue reading

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V 0.9 Trickster Pictures SFX reel

This is for my extended inner circle of creatives, both producers that might have a micro budget and/or good things to trade and artists that might have a wild idea or fancy getting hired to help. Please upgrade your browser x Am I prepared to take on motion graphics challenges professionally? Do I have the […] Continue reading

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Climate Change and digressions

Premise Climbing high above a menacing mega-weather system, the VIP passengers aboard the Execu-jet attempt an escape to gentler climes, anticipating warm backrubs and frosty cocktails. Hubris! Even the mighty kerosene sucking turbo engines cannot forever loft such a heavy … Continue reading

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Getting the lads to blog

This is mostly directed to Jonathan with a heads up for Patrick, the other 2 directors on the motion graphics reel. This is all issues we’ve discussed before, eg documenting lessons and process. The car renderings must be 3968×2288, not 3840×2160. The extra space is so that there isn’t a border when the cars track […] Continue reading

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Party theory

What is a party anyway and Why do I keep having them?  These questions are surprisingly sticky, fraught with dangerous revelations and dark discoveries. With not a little trepidation I turn my attention to look, to document, to understand. Though … Continue reading

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Yo Mr President!

“We do big things. From the earliest days of our founding, America has been the story of ordinary people who dare to dream. That’s how we win the future.” … and don’t forget a heaping helping of genocide on our … Continue reading

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Encounters… with an annoying blowhard

“Encounters at the End of the World” is my first encounter with Werner Herzog. The title of the movie has a double meaning, referring both to Herzog’s NSF sponsored visit to Antartica, and his cliche assertion that humanity is doomed. … Continue reading

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Selling Canon Vixia HF-S10 and HF-S100

Every year or two, I replace and upgrade gear to stay current with emerging technology. I used the Vixia HF-S10 exclusively for the 2009 and 2010 expeditions of Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations, shooting 100s of hours of video. All components were stored in waterproof bags and protected from dust and sand. Along […] Continue reading

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PSA Music

I wrote this originally for Gretchen Eichberger’s “Music for Sleepy Beings” CD, but it didn’t make the cut. Even though I’m an old wolf with no kids, I know what it is to be up late and wishing I could … Continue reading

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Live Fully, Pay Attention, Power Down

Play movie for computer, phone or youtube An ALM inspired public service message about giving up jet travel, whipped up in response to a regional fund raising effort that seemed inherently contradictory. The more I learned the more I felt … Continue reading

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PSA V2

I tested my PSA yesterday – me doing a talking head with ALM b-roll. It’s got potential. This morning I simplified the narration. I am Dan Kelly In 2008 I was invited to sail around the Hawaiian islands and make … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

I’ve been away from ondesire.com for a couple of months, reconstructing my land based life and recovering from an NYC exit. Let’s return now to the Around Lake Michigan archives for further extraction and posting. I’m starting with a PSA … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Ready to go for real

Day 5 was the second and for real launch. June 1st was the official day of getting Hello World into the Big Lake and starting to sail but the truth was we weren’t ready. A few days of puttering around … Continue reading

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Musings in the morning

With ALM, I have three basic flows for telling the story – raw video, motion graphics and posts (text). Though I wasn’t as faithful with imaging everything, I was fairly thorough in my writing. I captured details that I certainly … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Adjustments in Arcadia

An easy afternoon on the beach making adjustments to Hello World, mostly the straps and plates that secured the waterproof rifle cases. There’s also insights about yawning. Behind the scene details were posted on June 6. 10-06-04 Adjustments in Arcadia, … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Elberta to Arcadia

Sailing from Elberta to Arcadia on Day 2 was much easier than getting from Point Betsie to Elberta on Day 1. In this episode, I discuss the plan to beach Hello World and run some errands while still within range … Continue reading

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What does it mean when this happens?

Somehow the front aluminum pylon is sinking or twisting inside the hull. It might have happened while moored in Chicago’s Monroe Harbor, perhaps from an impact by another boat. Or it could be a sign of some internal problem that … Continue reading

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This and that

Day 34 I had ambitions last night, but today just flitted away. I tinkered with the camera on the boat and made a spectacle of myself chillin’ in the tent. I got looks from tender passengers and a “love your … Continue reading

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Accidental practice

Day 33 Perfection? The kingdom of god is spread upon the earth and man does not see it. Someone to tumble with in this grass would be sweet but as far as solo moments go, pretty near perfect. In tree … Continue reading

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Monroe Harbor

Day 32 Not enough sleep after dozing in the conference room while cloning drives, but me and the z-bike were on the Metra heading south by 9:00 am. When I peddled up the beach was clean, sunny and deserted. I … Continue reading

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Facebook catch-up

This is for the Facebook people who’ve been missing out on recent posts due to the unpredictable behavior of the sharing application. I’ve gone back to a less fancy but very reliable solution. Day 27 Day 28 Day 29 Day … Continue reading

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Back in a big city

Day 31 It’s big city life, Chicago. Amazing how familiar it feels after days and days of waves. Mostly I’m catching up and doing housekeeping. After breakfast I wandered over to Monroe Harbor and made arrangements to bring in Hello … Continue reading

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Chicago!

Day 30 Down at the beach with Jeni and Nancy to open my wind window. Steve came jogging by and they introduced us. He’s working at the steel mill and said that before US Steel bought it and nixed everyone’s … Continue reading

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Sanctuary at Ogden Dunes

Day 29 Off the New Buffalo Public Beach at 11:00 am after a quick run for groceries and one last visit to the restrooms. The wind was out of the northeast at maybe 9 knots, good for southwest course. At … Continue reading

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Marooned in New Buffalo

Day 28 I woke up bright and fine after a terrific rest. Having surveyed the forest last night, I knew a nitrogen drop off was doable. The rich loamy sand of the forest floor had a dense root mat. I … Continue reading

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Jean Klock Park

Day 25 and 26 Jean Klock park. Spent yesterday and this morning with Carol deconstructing the very sleezy maneuvers required to tear down exquisite wild dunes and privatize a community commons. Will a poorly designed golf course and an upscale … Continue reading

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Short of Benton Harbor

After phone calls and goodbyes, I walked over from Fritz’s to the Schumann’s beach, turned Hello World around and ate breakfast. The wind was blowing about 15-20 mph and there was great waves for body surfing. Two kids who I … Continue reading

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Salute! Saugatuck (and Douglas)

Day 24 There’s steady WNW wind this morning, good for heading south. I’ve got a stop I might make along the way to Benton Harbor today. I’m looking to round out the Lake’s bottom before the month ends. What’s in … Continue reading

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Fritz’s

Day 23 Woke to big thunder and flashes. Wind is less than ideal. Planning to hang here at Fred’s for another day and edit. Jet in the AM for Benton Harbor and St Joe.

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Two halves

Day 22 Waking at Schumann’s 7:00 am, gotta move on over to Fred Eagle Royce’s and then get to town for an interview with RJ Peterson, marina magnate, community booster, friend to the late Dennison and self proclaimed conservationist. RJ … Continue reading

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Map and updated itinerary

Julie gave me a hard time about getting a map going and today I finally did all the digital magic. There’s also an updated itinerary at You are here.

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Back to Saugatuck

Day 20 In Kalamazoo zoo zoo this morning with plans to see the Pekarovic’s goat ranch before jetting back to Saugatuck with Susan. 7:30 am departure turned into 9:30 am because I stayed up editing the Great Lakes Aquatics segment … Continue reading

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New strategy

A new strategy is needed for the blog. Tho I enjoy writing, trying to craft posts just takes too much time! I’m falling further and further behind. The plan is to try a twitter influenced approach, distillation and supplement with … Continue reading

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Movie – ALM excerpt

Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations Watch the movie excerpt – 13:30 minutes. This is intended to give the basic premise of the project. What artifacts of future sustainable civilizations can be found in Ritch Branstrom’s interview? The full … Continue reading

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Visiting Kalamazoo

Day 15 – 16 Paused in the Pine Motel parking lot on the way back from Wallys, riding the Zilliax Miyata back to Oval beach in the rain. It was a warm rain and I wanted to add a little … Continue reading

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Where are the posts?

Watch for a flurry of blog and video posts in the next 24 hours. I’ll be in Kalamazoo with Susan and Vince until Sunday morning then heading back to Saugatuck Dunes Natural Area where Hello World is parked.

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Welcome to Saugatuck?!

Day 15 So much blogging and not enough lime, I mean time. I’m in Wallys in downtown Saugatuck with minimal cell coverage. This place is brimming with hotties dressed for luau, a couple were doing a beer bong as I … Continue reading

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Do Ludington

Climb the bluff carefully for a thrilling view of the big lake and better cell reception. Nearby construction along the bluff edge reminds me of my reason for sailing around Lake Michigan. Activating global consciousness to steward and EXPAND the … Continue reading

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The revolution is here

I can’t help but feel as I kick back with my 1/2 french press and cardamom bun ($4.50!) that we truly are on the cusp of realizing sustainable civilizations. Who’d of thought that in downtown Ludington, Michigan there would be … Continue reading

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Launch!

I don’t want to leave the tent. 7:20 am, sore and wishing to sleep more. The waves take a little breath now – big surges with a rest in between. That’s a change from yesterday – constant roll and crash. … Continue reading

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To the Big Lake

The illustrious James Barnes gave Hello World a lift over to Point Betsie and that’s where she camped last night. I wanted to copy a few files from the big archive before heading over. It will likely be a short … Continue reading

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A thousand words

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Shakedown

Morning of Friday May 28, three weeks after the original launch date. If I can get on the water in the next few days, I’ll likely be sailing into late August early September. I’ve still got a 3 month window, … Continue reading

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Wild beach

I started the staging area in March and completed it yesterday with the help of nefs and their pa. Steve zapped the stumps from the two big poplar trees. Jonathan, Patrick and I moved the logs to the lake to … Continue reading

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Soon

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Questions

Sarah Castle recently tweeted an New Scientist article by Deborah Mackenzie, Living in Denial, Why Sensible People Reject the Truth. This may have been a continuation of our exchange over my Stephen Hawkin inspired ET conquistador proposal, so I’ve been … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 3 (bloody hell)

There’s a terrible tragedy at this end of this post, so if you’re the weepy type close your browser and check back tomorrow. How to glue pennies to the bottom of a Hobie Cat, the completion of Hello World’s armor … Continue reading

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Into mystery

Getting ready for my swim this morning, here’s what’s waiting. Maybe I’m still dreaming…

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Swimming

Yesterday afternoon I tested both the Aquapac underwater camera solution and my Gul skin out wetsuit with a swim to the blue line. A classic tao situation. All the cheese and yogurt I’ve been eating is starting to show – … Continue reading

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Wanna get out there…

Started to run Indian Trails this morning when the strange cramp in my starboard calf returned with a vengeance. I’m getting fat, now what? I walked out of the woods and onto the dunes to try a little tai chi … Continue reading

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Watching paint dry

That’s how much fun I’m having right now. Hello World’s first finish coat was applied this morning. Speaking of Malcolm X (today’s his birthday, he’d be 85) here’s an insidious bit of racial marketing I came across. The VOCs from … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 2

Here’s the back page from the vintage Hobie Cat brochure that came with Hello World. Hobie had an intriguing angle on catamarans in 1979 – camping. Perhaps being a subsidiary of the Coleman Company had something to do with it. … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 1

When Hello World came down from the rafters I was dismayed to find she was still wet. Before lofting her last October I had drained the standing water from the hulls. Though I suspected her fiberglass / foam sandwich was … Continue reading

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I know the journey has started when…

I know the journey has started when I don’t know when it’s going to start. The moment when the handcrafted Hello World slides into surf cannot be predicted. I’ve been back in the water since the year flipped. I’ve shared … Continue reading

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-5 days – fly true

Despite precautions, when I crawl into bed I feel the prickle of tiny glass fibers on my naked skin.  I mingle with Hello World, we become one flesh. Hello World is more than my production platform, transport and home. The … Continue reading

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-4 days – child’s questions

A cup of ginger tea before donning the yellow hazmat suit and starting the day’s fiberglass fun. The Brunton inverter is whirring away somewhat creakily as it charges this iPhone. Most of the gear has already been checked for solid … Continue reading

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-3 days – soaked

Sorting and packin x Dreams of flying last night. A decisive ignorance of gravity and intense experience of remembering.  When I’d stretch into a laughing loft or a lazy backflip I’d feel a body rush / energy shiver flash from … Continue reading

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Wild idea

Places not managed by humans thrive. What does that tell us? The idea of management is inherently flawed. When we see ourselves as apart and other we become the blight. Learn from the way, the wilds. Become rather than command. … Continue reading

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1 day – intrigue

“Our long years of negotiations with foreign countries… have yielded no results this far. With the oil revenues we could meet our entire budget and combat poverty, disease, and backwardness among our people. Another important consideration is that by the … Continue reading

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2 days – pushback

Are we ready? Not quite yet. Fiberglass repairs will take another few days. An ordering snafu has delayed the arrival of some gear. Chuck is fabricating cargo plates that need to be tested. This weekend’s weather forecast is not beach … Continue reading

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4 days

Driving in to Traverse City for another round of errands. Fiberglass repairs are in process. Could wrap primary hull repairs this evening, with fairing and paint by Wednesday (2 days). That’s when I’ll decide whether to launch as planned or … Continue reading

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6 days – family

Woke up with a big happy after an 11 hour crash. About 8:30 pm last night I started nodding and had to lay down. Could have been the wine and lasagna… or just the turnings of mystery. I clarified my … Continue reading

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7 days – fuggedaboudit!

Since I’m making a movie, I can get away with documenting everything. Writing daily, describing insights and epiphanies ad nauseum. This blog is a strategy for generating interest in the project – coming soon to a theater near you… Clearly … Continue reading

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8 days – drydock

Yesterday Hello World had a soft landing and went into drydock. Movie! 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock variable / full screen 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock fixed size

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Democracy Now and James Cameron

James Cameron’s life is shifting because of his super blockbuster, Avatar. Democracy Now interviewed Cameron yesterday. Here’s where to find it. WBAI NYC archive for Tuesday April 27, 2010 8:00am (audio) Democracy Now archive Tuesday April 27, 2010 (audio or … Continue reading

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9 days – Love!

Notice how calm I appear? Tomorrow gear should start arriving via ground shipping including the voice of Hello World, Winslow’s Torus. I’m a Taurus too! Hello World has yet to go into the shop for fiberglass patching, but I think … Continue reading

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10 days – errands

A day driving around and hooking up with experts. I dropped in to see Chuck of Northern Welding Specialties first, but he wasn’t there. He told me via cell that he was teaching at the college and perhaps we could … Continue reading

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11 days – shopping

Heading into Traverse City to shop and run errands. Here’s my list… Oryana bug repellent (no deet) [Green Ban] (1) food Backcountry paddle head or new paddle sawdust bag (waterproof) The UPS store 14th or garfield the ups store return … Continue reading

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12 days – details

Much ordering, inspections and organization. I’m driving up to Traverse City tomorrow or Tuesday for a shopping day. Fiberglass work has not started, I expect to prep the garage for Hello World today and maybe even get her in there. … Continue reading

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13 days – dreams

It’s 5:15 am, a bit early for me to be up. On my way back to bed after taking a leak I knocked over a mason jar of water. Groping in the dark for some clothes, towels – anything to … Continue reading

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14 days – weight and writing

Beautiful. Inventory and ordering continues today, with a bit of general organization around the house. Yesterday I became 6.5 lbs heavier when I started wearing a scuba weight belt. Carrying extra weight is an easy way to challenge the body … Continue reading

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15 days – Making of a Saint

Getting close now. Order of operations seems to be holding together, it’s spooky that I’m mostly on schedule. Everything can go right between now and launch… it’s possible. I am noticing more, recognizing the unfolding of a larger story. A … Continue reading

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Abundance

Are we feeling it? Today was the last day of asking for a while. I’ve contacted Apple, Brunton, Verizon, Patagonia and Light and Motion asking for help with ALM, gear mostly. Patagonia already said no. In the process I learned … Continue reading

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16 days – Roman Nose

Kari was over last night for dinner and we talked about guns, earthships and vision quests. She used a big cutting board as a model of Hello World, sliding it back and forth on the counter top as if it … Continue reading

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Exquisite night

take me, sneak up and surround me smother me in the unknown, unseen unfathomed the darkness of depth, underwater danger and cold almost death only to awaken live again, breath in sunlight but I lie a little you are not … Continue reading

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17 days – pronouns

You might notice an unusual use of pronouns in this project. “We” usually replaces “I” when discussing the trip. That’s because Hello World has it’s own identity and presence, it’s not just Dan Kelly sailing Around Lake Michigan, it’s Dan … Continue reading

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Cultural geography

Cultural geography is a sub-field within human geography. Cultural geography is the study of cultural products and norms and their variations across and relations to spaces and places. It focuses on describing and analyzing the ways language, religion, economy, government … Continue reading

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Training report

Just ran 4 miles, 2 backward in 21:00 minutes or 10:50 minutes/miles and 2 forward in 16:11 minutes or 8:05/minutes/mile for a total of 37:11 minutes. The backwards miles are amazing, just keep tossing the feet behind and trust.

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Itinerary Version 1.0

Around Lake Michigan route 2010, version 1.0. Subject to change by whim, weather, clues, portents and synchronicity. Actual Point Betsie to Elberta Beach, Elberta, Michigan arrive 10-06-01 Arcadia Lake, Arcadia, Michigan arrive 10-06-02 depart 10-06-05 North of Portage Lake, Michigan … Continue reading

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18 days – inventory

Sunny and chill by the lake this morning. Working through the recently posted order of operations, taking inventory and building lists. I expect to be asking this afternoon and into tomorrow – contacting a few key companies and inviting them … Continue reading

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Checklist sundries

revised 10-05-23 Light √ flashlight [Sure Shot] √ dive flashlight [Intova] √ x4 lighter √ x3 chemical light sticks √ candle lantern √ x5 candles Hygiene Health and First Aid √ scissor √ tweezor √ utility knife √ finger nail … Continue reading

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