Love runs deep….

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Albert Einstein, What I Believe (1930) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   Oh boy!  Another trip to Japan to share in the 20th annual Squirtogether-...

The Spice of Life…. (Japan~ 2014)

Our trip to Japan was centered around the “Squirtogether” event scheduled for the first weekend in October,  but there were distractions…. The first was that a volcano near our destination, Mt. Ontake, decided to erupt ~unfortunately killing dozens...

Jim’s Japan Trip 2013

Our trip to Japan this year was a few weeks later than usual- the end of September and beginning of October. It was a bit after the rainy season and the rivers ran low and clean. My guest of honor this year was Joshua Tracy from Charolettesville, Virginia. Josh is an...

The Lure of the Realm

The “Realm” is our name for where we roam.  We just go around for a little while and then come back to the real world.   And the Lure is strong. “Just one more good one” , and “One more like that” ARE good enough reasons to get frazzled to the point where you’re not...

Paddle Anatomy

The anatomy of a paddle is pretty simple really. There’s only a few terms  to learn. Shafts are usually made in two halves which are “scarved”  together and made of three pieces each. “Plated shafts” have a lighter  duty core- like spruce...