Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thoughts for the New Year

"Be always at War with your vices,
at peace with your neighbors,
and let each New Year find you
a better person."
- Benjamin Franklin

As winter's cold and snow blanket the land... and dreams of paddling fade for another season... I look forward to slowing down and relaxing more at home. While I miss paddling... I think it is a good and fine thing to take stock of where one is in life and to count the many blessings of family and friends. Last year I posted my wishes and hopes for a new year... and this year is no exception. In fact, these are the same wishes from 2011 because I believe them to be timeless.

Mike's 10 Wishes and Hopes for 2012

Thank God for all your blessings
Spend more time with family and friends
Say "I love you" more often
Smile and laugh more
Love yourself and then love others
Build up, don't tear down
Give more of yourself and watch it returned tenfold
Appreciate, respect, and care for nature
Help others
Take life one stroke at a time ;-)

Happy New Year Durhamblogger readers... and may all experience great blessings in the New Year! - Mike, the Durhamblogger :-)


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Monday, December 26, 2011

Durhamblogger Top Five Posts of All Time!


Hi everyone! biggrin

Well... what end of the year blog post would not be complete... without a "top 3" or "top 5" or "top 10" list of something or another! eek

So... without further ado... here are the Durhamblogger "top 5" reader viewed posts of all time!

#1. Nov. 22, 2010 "Before Kerr Lake - An Interesting History Lesson!"

#2. Oct 13, 2010 "Installing Kayak Seat Cushions - An Easy Project"

#3. May 8, 2010 "A Great Morning Paddling the Eno River"

#4. May 5, 2010 "Installing Deck Rigging - A Quick and Easy Project!"

#5. Jul 25, 2010 "Sea Kayaking at Wrightsville Beach!"


Many thanks to all the readers of Durhamblogger! biggrin

I'm looking forward to many more paddling adventures... and blogging about them here at Durhamblogger... in the new year!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Paddling and Cold Water Survival


Paddlers - please don't make the fatal mistake of thinking that since the outside air temperature is warm...than it's fine to go paddling! Winter season brings both inclement weather and dropping water temperatures. Note - if you fall into cold or icy waters... low water temperatures can kill quickly by causing a dangerous drop in your body's core temperature known as hypothermia - -even in moderate water temperatures. A recent US Coast Guard study found that in water temperatures under 59 F, 40% of cold water immersion victims drown... and over 90% of these folks were NOT wearing PFDs! Sobering and chilling statistics. I urge all paddlers to educate yourselves on the dangers of hypothermia by visiting my Cold Water Survival tab... and ALWAYS wear your PFD.

I NEVER compromise on safety when it comes to paddling... and since I don't own a dry suit... or can find folks who wish to accompany me out on cold water with even colder air temperatures... I stay firmly on dry land! During my paddling off season, I'll pour myself another cup of coffee... check out the latest issue of  my favorite paddling magazine.. and dream about paddling season resuming soon! Please don't take the risk of paddling in cold weather without the proper protection! Paddle safe out there!



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