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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 54.07866 Longitude: -116.76521 GPS location Date/Time: 05/22/2018 00:08:35 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Stage Five: Settling In

> > > This was camp last night on day four-we called it, “Wild Rose Island” for all the young rose plants and being here in Wild Rose Country. Now we are 60 km downstream, camped on river right, both … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 53.72522 Longitude: -117.16682 GPS location Date/Time: 05/20/2018 21:17:35 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Step Five: Paddle the Water in Front of You

Today we paddled Brule Lake. We were up early to beat the wind and were rewarded with a mirror lake and easily found channel and current. We’d read and heard that things “got bouncy” after Brule Lake as the current … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 53.46984 Longitude: -117.46407 GPS location Date/Time: 05/19/2018 20:54:38 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Stage Four: Find Your Routines

Day Two…we are working to find our routines, find specific food items, find the current, find our courage, find our charging equipment, find the optimal spot for everything in the canoe, find the line, finding beta, finding our warm clothes… … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 53.22994 Longitude: -117.86591 GPS location Date/Time: 05/18/2018 19:48:42 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Paddling North Day Two Good Morning

Day Two begins with calm. Both in the water and in our bellies. Off to paddle before the wind rises. Thanks for all of your encouragement. Indeed butterflies are better than bugs, they go away. Thanks KW for that wisdom.

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 52.99605 Longitude: -118.05299 GPS location Date/Time: 05/17/2018 23:04:12 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Step Three: Launch

We launched! We have about 16 km in and are hanging, hoping the welcoming head wind dies some. Butterflies were ferocious this morning for both of us but we got them to fly in formation. More soon, TA and Marian

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Step Two: Drive to Put In

We picked up our canoe in Hay River from Doug Swallow and Canoe North. Stopped only for gas, waterfall viewing, and to dehydrate. We camped st 10 pm and then finished the 1099 km drive to Jasper this morning. We … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 52.84191 Longitude: -118.06525 GPS location Date/Time: 05/16/2018 17:16:45 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are paddling & exploring today! Click the link below to … Continue reading

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Step One: Driving North

After a lovely but long drive, we arrived in Hay River, NWT. We’re hear to fetch our canoe that we will use for our expedition. We sat down in March examining all of the options for a boat for the … Continue reading

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Paddling North

Marian and I are “Paddling North” and you are invited! We will be leaving Jasper, Alberta on May 17 and paddling north approximately 3400 kilometres to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and hope to arrive there in mid … Continue reading

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Testing, Testing…The First Audio Post of Paddling North

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 53.51391 Longitude: -113.54614 GPS location Date/Time: 05/11/2018 09:01:04 NDT Message: TA & Marian are paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Check the map to see where they are they paddled today! Click the link below to see … Continue reading

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Always Have the Support of a Joyful Mind (especially when it is raining buckets)

We are ready to head out for another wet day on the Kerry Way, here in Southern Ireland. We’re batting about 1/3 sunny and 2/3 rainy and windy. Not bad odds for one of the greenest places on earth. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Walking My Way Back to Ewe Babe

Hello from County Kerry, Marian and I are using foot power once again as we make our way around the Kerry Way. Some will remember that we were here almost 2 years with our friend, Andy, during our Five Peaks … Continue reading

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Dry It, You’ll Like It!

There is nothing like holding a whole jar of salsa in your hands, without any drips, that gets you excited about an upcoming paddling trip. Marian Wissink and I spent the last week turning 40 kg of “wet” food into … Continue reading

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Team #Skiarail Goes Coast to Coast to Completion

My friend, Heather, wrote to say she likes to play, “Where in the world is TA?” She said, “I know you could be anywhere.” Well, Heather-you might be surprised that I am not that far from home but a world … Continue reading

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The #SkiARail Team Heads West

Marian and I are sitting on a train bound for Toronto and we are wearing longjohns. We’re sweltering a bit but the ski we had this afternoon on Mont Royal was worth it. The sun was shining, the trail grooming … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #19: Pressing Pause

As you may remember, Lungta is the name of prayer flags in Tibet and Nepal. Lungta means “Windhorse” and refers to how the wind can carry the prayers that are printed on the prayer flags into the universe. Livyer is … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #18: Home and Away Again

Happy New Year, When we left in August, we had no idea where we would be for either Christmas or New Year’s. Turns out that we spent them in St. John’s but not at home. We rented out our house … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #17 Lions, Monkeys, and Bees Oh My

We arrived in Sri Lanka 3 days ago (our 7th country in 4 months) and we’ve learned to heed the warning signs. We visited the Dambulla Caves yesterday and as we were walking down the trail towards the Golden Buddha, … Continue reading

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Lungta Livyers #16: Elephants and Eating–Adventures Big and Small in Thailand

People who knew me when, when I had my last full year sabbatical leave in 2001-02, might remember that the last time I was in Thailand, I spent some weeks volunteering at an elephant sanctuary for injured, retired, or orphaned … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 28.65923 Longitude: 84.58374 GPS location Date/Time: 11/14/2017 01:20:16 NST Message: Lungta Livyers: TA & Marian are adventuring amid prayer flags. Check the map to see where they are hanging out Click the link below to see … Continue reading

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Check-in/OK message from SPOT TA

Device Name: TA Latitude: 28.58633 Longitude: 84.64176 GPS location Date/Time: 11/12/2017 05:49:24 NST Message: Lungta Livyers: TA & Marian are adventuring amid prayer flags. Check the map to see where they are hanging out Click the link below to see … Continue reading

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