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Author Archives: Main Paddler

About Main Paddler

I have been paddling since my Boy Scout days in Troop 434 , Polaris District. ( San Jose , CA) For the last 5 years, I have been paddling with the Dallas Down River Club and currently act as the clubs web master. Previous roles have included newsletter editor, and Vice President. I am also the film festival chair.

Launch Point–getting your boat on the water

I just received my order of paddles from Bending Branches. I upgraded a few of my paddle needs to accommodate the variety of boats I now have. One of the paddles is a limited edition double bent shaft paddle. It is a beautiful wooden paddle.  I was one their site and notice a new look … Continue reading »

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Stop the trash before…

Do you ever see the dump trucks come along to collect trash in commercial dumpsters? The forks reach out and lift it high into the air above the truck and transfer the trash inside to the cargo hold? Well do you also see stuff flying out of the dumpster and not land inside? I do … Continue reading »

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It is time to start a Shame Campaign?

It is time to start a Shame Campaign?  Yes, you know the kind. We need to get the  distribution of single use styrofoam/polystyrene food container stopped. They litter the US from coast to coast. Organizations such as Keep America Beautiful didn’t even seriously look at our waterways until a few years ago. I tried repeatedly … Continue reading »

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Just because…

When you are out paddling on a body of water that shouldn’t have power boats doesn’t mean it wont. Mid to late afternoon I was out paddling on a lake  and creek near my house. There are not supposed to be any boats with large outboard motors out there. Low and behold but a john … Continue reading »

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Paddle for another reason?

River clean ups happen all over the place. These are sad but true facts of river life; trash finds them. Contact a local environmental group , look on Meet Up, contact the American Rivers organization for a clean up near you.

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Caddo–Big Cypress Bayou

Paddling at night can be an awesome experience. Paddle at night at Caddo lake is great fun. The Dallas Down River club holds Caddoween the weekend before Halloween. The group dressing in costumes, decorates their tents, and holds a Dutch over cook off. Weather permitting some even go for a late night paddle.

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Oil Spill on Tributary to Caddo Lake

While 1st reports that it was contained and would not make it to the lake itself, reports are telling a different story. http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/caddolake/   http://www.ktbs.com/story/26822583/major-oil-spill-displaces-caddo-parish-families-officials-rush-to-decontaminate-a-4-mile-area   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/1/oil-spill-cleanup-continues-in-caddo-parish/  

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Gear Review–Nikon AW120

Shooting high quality pictures while paddling can be a challenge for many. Several years back the Go Pro became all the rage with outdoor enthusiast. I recently decided to acquire a waterproof camera to take both still image files and well as movie files. I opted for the Nikon AW120. I was not a big … Continue reading »

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New Facebook Page…

https://www.facebook.com/BanStyrofoamDallasTX?ref=hl   Starting a campaign here is Dallas to remove a large contributing factor to the trash pile. Let’s make this happen.

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Water, Olney Texas… Drought is persistent in Texas

Site around water intake cleared out to allow continued pumping for Olney, Texas Duration: 11-27-2013 – unknown Affected Areas Young County; Olney Description The area around the water intake in Lake Cooper was dug out and deepened to allow Olney, Texas to continue to withdraw water from Lake Cooper, which held 24 percent of its … Continue reading »

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