Monthly Archives: August 2008

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On July 1st, 2008 Patrick Stark of Toronto set off by himself in his kayak to circumnavigate Georgian Bay.  The expedition took him 40 days and covered approximately 1000km.  His goal was to raise $5000 for the Georgian Bay Land Trust, a non-profit group working to protect the Eastern shore and North Channel of Georgian Bay.  When it was over Pat raised over $7,000 with donations still coming in and he experienced an adventure of a lifetime.

Pat Stark is our feature interview on today’s show. He’ll tell us how the adventure started and why he dedicated his summer to this project. We’ll hear about his encounters with wild weather, rolling waves, funnel clouds, lake freighters and even bears. Pat tells us about the wonderful people he met on this paddle, the history he learned and how he appreciates the beauty of the bay even more now.

Pat sent along a number of photos from the trip, a few of which I’ve posted here. If you’d like to comment about Pat’s trip call our comment line at 206.600.4557 or email me at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca.

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Our feature interview today is with Wade Heflin of Kentucky. He’s one of 3 founders and owners of Outdoorsy.com, a social networking site that allows outdoor enthusiasts to connect online. It provides the tools to help them prepare for and improve their outdoor experiences. Wade is also an outdoors guy who has had adventures all over the world and shares them online.

Lorne Blagdon picks up the tale of his through hike of the Appalachian Trial on ‘Trail Magic’.  Today’s story starts in the Smoky Mountains at the highest point on the trail and goes quickly downhill from there. Lorne tells us about the mice infested shelters, the fascination with trail log books and walking the trail with one foot in Tennessee and the other in North Carolina.

We have some podsafe music from a British Columbia band with a great name… ‘The Great Outdoors‘. Great music too. Next time on DSO a feature interview with Pat Stark who has just completed a 40 day paddle around Georgian Bay in his kayak. Email Gary at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca or call the comments line at 206.600.4557.

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This show is recorded live at Gary’s family cottage near Parry Sound, Ontario. He’s been on vacation for the last four weeks and has been offline for most of that time and quite enjoyed it. This is a holiday show. On the way to Ontario, Gary met a Cub Pack from Essex, Vermont on their way for a day of outdoor adventure at Ausable Chasm in New York State. You’ll hear that interview and then we’ll take you to the horseshoe pit at the cottage where we’ll hear about the fine art of playing horseshoes during family gatherings. It’s all about tossing horsehoes while enjoying live music and cold beer.

Podsafe music this week again from Anna Coogan and North 19. Call the comments line 206.600.4557 or email Gary at doingstuffoutdoors@yahoo.ca

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