THE NORTHLAND ADVENTURER
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An Unexpected Amazing Journey
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Living in the Twin Cities I am blessed to have many of the Upper Midwest's most scenic major rivers and lakes nearby, including: Minnesota, Mississippi, St. Croix, and Namegakon Rivers, and Lake Minnetonka.
Highlights include my solo paddling across Lake Michigan (6), Lake Superior (1), and a short route across Lake Huron. Additionally, I have raced in MN, WI, MI and WA. My longest race was the 150 mile Campus to Coast course from my alma mater (Michigan State) to Grand Haven. Paddling with many of the world’s elite paddlers in Tacoma's Seventy48 in 2019 significantly elevated my knowledge and determination to improve.
The Thrill of the Adventure
One of the draws of the adventure is the anticipation of what’s around the next bend. Whether it be an incredible view, unsuspecting wildlife, a small riverside town, or the welcoming riverbank or small island which will become my home for the night.
There is the excitement of the unexpected challenge. The sounds of the river give notice of unseen trouble ahead; be it the rush of the rapids, the spillover from an obstruction made by man, a determined beaver, or a fallen tree. Maybe it’s the sound of rain or wind of a rapidly advancing storm.
As of this writing I have paddled nearly 5,727 miles from parts across the country. That is the distance from Minneapolis, to Japan. If you reference Hawaii, you would have to travel 1,727 miles further.
On my journeys I have been covered in thunderstorms, chased by tornados, pummeled by hail, blanketed in snow, challenged by hypothermia, baked by the sun, and even hit by a boat. I have spilled over shallow rapids and been knocked over by overhanging branches, and narrowly escaped being tragically snagged under a debris field.
Most of all, I have enjoyed the serenity and solitude, incredible nature and landscape, for which in many areas has remained largely unchanged for decades and centuries.
Crossing Lake Michigan #1 | August 2, 2016
Crossing Lake Michigan #5 | July 13, 2021
Crossing Lake Michigan #2 | July 24, 2020
The Straits of Mackinac | July 08, 2016
Paddling our Major Tributaries
• Rum River 2017
• Rum River 2019
• Cannon River
• Superior Bay
• Upper St. Croix
• Headwaters of the Mississippi
• Namekagon River
• Kalamazoo River
Top Stops and Events
• Lower St. Croix - Taylors Falls, MN
• Lake Pepin and Lake City, MN
• Lake Hamlin, MI
• St. Paul, MN and Raspberry Island
• Stillwater, MN
• Tall Ships Duluth Festival
Objects of Interest
• Great Lakes Lighthouses
• Bridges of Stillwater
• Wisconsin Central Bridge Ruins
• Soo Line High Bridge
• Vertical Lift Bridges
• Railroad Bridges
• Tugs and Barges
• Locks and Dams
• Business and Industry
Subjects of Interest
• The Joy of the Journey
• Overhanging Branches
• Best of All It's Fall
• Get Off the River!
• Michigan's Prized Grand River
• Crossing Lake Huron
• Straits of Mackinac
• Crossing Lake Michigan #1 - 2016
• Crossing Lake Michigan #2 - 7.24.20
• Crossing Lake Michigan #3 - 6.11.21
• Crossing Lake Michigan #4 - 6.27.21
• Crossing Lake Michigan #5 - 7.13.21
• Crossing Lake Michigan #6 - 6.07-22
• Crossing Lake Michigan #7 - 7.15.23
• Crossing Lake Superior - 2017
• Campus to Coast - A 150 Mile Race
• Paddling the Pere Marquette
• ABC NEWS: Avid Kayaker Brushes Death
• The Whole Story
• A Narrow Escape
• A Wonderful Journey
• More about Mike Stout
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