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Our feature interview today is with potter Darren Emenau of New Brunswick. When this talented artist isn’t working in his studio, he’s playing in the outdoors. Gary talks with him by the bank of a stream that runs behind his home. Darren recounts how he dodged bus size chunks of falling ice while skiing in Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire this past spring. He talks about a recent canoe trip from hell and how he combines his love of the outdoors with his art.

Normally we stay away from gas engines and spark plugs on DSO but Gary couldn’t resist talking to Peter Herbruck about his classic wooden boat. Gary met him this summer in Muskoka cottage country in Ontario. Peter is from Ohio and for many years his family has spent summers on Lake Rosseau. His pride and joy is a 22 foot Chris Craft Cadet. This classic wooden boat with the original inboard engine was built in the mid 1920’s. IMG_2463

Music on the show this week from Clayton. Send along your comments and story suggestions to


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This is our Christmas show and the last DSO of 2008. We thought we’d take you sailing instead of the predictable winter outdoor activities you do at Christmas. Back in the fall, Gary went out for an evening of sailboat racing on the St. John River. These are big boats, the kind you find in yacht clubs and the sailors take their racing pretty seriously. But there’s still room for a lot of fun. Join Skipper Danny and his crew of Smitty, Mike and Gary on an almost windless night as they tackle the challenge of light air racing.


We have a Christmas comment from Mike in Illinois and seasonal podsafe music from Dusty Hughes. Email your comments about the show and story ideas to

We’re taking a brief holiday break and will be back with a new show in January. Thanks for listening and downloading over the past year. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Our feature story today is about a guy and his boat. It’s about a man who is passionate about wooden boats. We’ll meet Skipper Charlie Creaser on board his 88 year old sardine fishing vessel the ‘Brunswick Maid’. It’s a living and breathing piece of New Brunswick maritime heritage. This isn’t your typical outdoors story, although the lifestyle is similar. I think you’ll enjoy it.

We have comments about a Turkey Trot in Utah, the rocky trails of Pennsylvania and we’ll find out what ever happened to our buddy Warren in Alberta.

Podsafe music from Joshua Kobak & Swim and The All Girl Summer Fun Band.
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In this edition of Doing Stuff Outdoors we’re going sailing….or at least we’ll talk to a man who lives and breathes the sea. It took him three years but he built his own day-sailor out of wood following traditional boat building plans.  We’ll talk about the joy you get from sailing in a wooden boat that you built yourself.

And we all have visions of the mighty Nile River.  Thanks to our friends at the Outdoors Station we’ll hear about a tour operator who organizes amazing kayaking expeditions along the Nile.

Also today… more of your comments including a look at a new product that allows you to create your own 3D trail maps of routes in the Canadian Rockies.  And we’ll talk a little about getting outdoors with kids.  Plus more podsafe music from Great Big Sea.

Call in your comments, suggestions and outdoor adventures to the comments line at 206-600-4557. Email Gary at and subscribe to DSO in iTunes.
Next week we’ll take you paragliding in the mountains…..

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On the show today we have a feature interview with Don Peer a 73 year old sailor and wooden boat builder from Nova Scotia. Gary met up with him earlier in the summer when he was out sailing in a maritime built wooden work boat he rigged up with sails. They talk about the joys of sailing and being on the water and cruising the Mediterranean Sea in a boat he designed himself. Don also tells Gary about the art of sculling with a single oar.

Gary and his wife Teresa also try out the sport of Nordic Walking with some old ski poles they found in the basement. And Gary’s kayaking buddy Dennis Hickey is driven to poetry by a particularly inspiring outdoor adventure.

Podsafe music this week from the Dust Rhinos and the Redding Brothers.

Be sure to check out the Doing Stuff Outdoors website and subscribe to the podcast in iTunes . Call in your outdoor adventures and story ideas to the comments line at 206-600-4557 and email the show at

Next week … a special show all about Orienteering.

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A Place on the Water

(This summer the town where I live in New Brunswick opened a new waterfront facility designed to encourage tourism. There’s a brand new building complete with meeting rooms, washrooms and a full kitchen. It will be used for meetings and receptions and a place for people to go. It has a spectacular view down the St. John river. The grounds include pathways along the waters edge and there is also a new boat launch, floating wharf and plenty of parking. It’s an important step for a community that until now had no focal point on the water. This column was published in the local newspaper.)


The biggest outdoor event to happen in Grand Bay-Westfield in a long time occurred this summer with the opening of the new River Centre at Brundage Point. It’s a fabulous and welcome addition to the community. Although the St. John River flows right through our town, until now we didn’t have a focal point on the waterfront. The new building and beautifully landscaped grounds, the boat launch and floating docks now provide that focus. It’s an anchor for the entire community that ties us now more than ever to the river. Our connection with the river goes back to the days when native people fished these waters and mills dotted the shoreline. The river was a means of transportation and riverboats would steam past on their way up and down the St. John. And of course the community really took shape when people from the city of Saint John came by boat and train to spend their summers on the water.

The river has always been accessible but there has never been a central place to go. Now there is and it’s bound to have a positive impact. Most communities built on and around water have some kind of main access area. Sometimes it’s the town wharf or a public beach and park. We have plenty of beach front in Grand Bay-Westfield but most of it is privately owned. We’ve always had Westfield Beach and now the new facility beside it really makes it an attractive package. Many hope this will encourage the development of tourism in the area and I’m sure it will help. But more importantly, I think it’s a place for people who live and work here to use and enjoy. I hope we take advantage of it. I know I will. But then Westfield Beach has always been one of my favorite places to put in my kayak.

The town organized a weekend long celebration for the River Center, complete with canoe races, entertainment, a dance and fireworks. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend many of the opening events, although I’ve followed the progress of the centre all through the summer. I got my real first experience of the fully completed facility a week after the official opening. I drove to the ferry landing to launch my kayak and took time to check out the new building and grounds. I played the part of a tourist visiting the area for the first time. I tried to put myself in their shoes to get a sense of the kind of first impression the new centre will make.

The place looks really good. Sitting as it does overlooking the river, the building has that inviting feel to it saying to all, come in and see what I’m all about and what I have to offer. The interior looks as good as the outside. But it’s a little smaller inside than I expected. One of the students working at the centre told me he hears that from a lot of local people seeing the building for the first time. I think it should have been larger. While I was there the place wasn’t that busy but there appeared to be a fairly steady flow of traffic in and out of the building. There were a number of boat trailers in the parking lot so it’s obvious the boat launch was being well used. I met a couple of people there launching their home-made wooden sailboats and had a nice chat with them. I returned again the next day and there were even more people at the centre, including some kayakers. It’s obvious the place is already a hit.

Eventually it would be great to see the River Centre connected by a trail system along the water front. Extending the existing walking trail to the ferry would be a good start. From there the trail could continue on to the Nerepis River and along the old rail line all the way upriver. Opening up a trail network like that would really be good for business at the River Centre. Add to it some boat rentals and kayak or sailing lessons and maybe a larger vessel to take people for a cruise on the river and you have an attraction that will bring out local people and tourists alike. It becomes a meeting place and destination. It gives people, especially local residents a place to go. They can come by trail, either walking or biking or by car or boat. It’ll encourage people to get outdoors. And in my book that makes it a winner.


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We begin a new series in this edition of DSO called ‘Trail Magic’. In 2003 Lorne Blagdon and his daughter Naomi hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Lorne wrote a series of newspaper columns on their adventure and every week we’ll talk about a segment of the trip beginning today with a definition of trail magic.

Gary gets frustrated with the lousy spring weather in his part of the world so he searches for summer by calling to Florida where the sailing is great. We also get a detailed account of why the May long weekend in Canada used to known for firecrackers.

Looking through the outdoor files we’ll tell you about a see-through boat, grass skiing in Britain, the first woman to hike the AT and a reality TV show about the outdoors that’s now a podcast.

Podsafe Music

Christopher Wright
2006 Pl@stic Soul

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