Illinois River, Tahlaquah, OK, Kayaking Trip

The Illinois River outside of Tahlequah, Oklahoma is a great river, clear water, rocky bottom, and some class I and II rapids to keep things interesting. There are numerous rental services and supposedly a couple shuttle services. Unfortunately, these businesses’ websites are not very informative and many of the numbers are out of service so…

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Fish Stew

Warm and hearty, this stew makes an excellent meal after a cold day hiking. If you are going to be doing any fishing on your trip adding some fresh fish to the recipe will make it even tastier. Ingredients: 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup dried fish (order from Amazon through…

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Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

My Sri Lankan neighbor was kind enough in sharing her delicious chicken curry recipe. I have taken it and modified it into a great dehydrated backpacking meal. The original is below and is worth trying out at home: Ingredients: 1/2 cup dried chicken 1 teaspoon powdered ginger or dried diced ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder…

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Want to Avoid Injury? Stretch!

I know many fitness enthusiasts who will spend 2 hours at the gym and only five minutes stretching. I know hikers who will hike all day and not stretch once; Paddlers who’s only arm stretch is when they wake up in the morning and stretch as they get out of bed. There has been plenty…

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Brazos River 2 Day Kayaking Trip

Finding a river to kayak during a Texas summer can be a challenging task. Rain in July or August is typically a rare event, which translates to most of the rivers being very low. The Brazos near Graford, Texas is a river you can count on to at least be navigable. In the summer months…

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The Art of Fire Building

“Art? Pfft. I’m a man! I know how to build a fire!” said right before reaching for the lighter fluid. For many people I know, their “skill” in building a fire centers around their ability to go to Wally World and buy a container of the magic stuff. When you seperate them from their liquid…

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Elm Fork/Trinity River Kayaking Trip

For Dallas/Fort Worth Residents the Elm Fork of the Trinity River offers a great paddling trip in just a short one hour drive. We took advantage of the proximity of this beautiful natural area in June to do a kayaking trip down the river. Depending on river levels you can make this a leisurely day…

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