Monday, September 16, 2019

Pressing the Reset Button

How does one reset after a busy work season? 
Sea kayak camping trip on the Mendocino Coast of California.
Jeff and I have found that disconnecting and going camping does the trick for us.  The weather this summer at home on the Mendocino Coast has been phenomenal so we decided on a bit of a staycation for our get away.
Jeff suiting up for our paddle into camp.
Last week we carved out a few days and loaded up our sea kayaks for a coastal camping trip.  Our plan was paddling into a beach and sett up a base camp for 4 nights.  We paddled our Dagger Stratos 14.5s because they carry a lot of gear are fun for coastal play - rock gardening and surfing.
Dagger Stratos 14.5 is a versatile sea kayak for coastal play.
Of course we overloaded our boats with luxury items like fresh vegetables, beer, margaritas, and a  ukulele and books.  Fortunately we had the wind at our backs for our paddle into camp.
Wind at our backs for the paddle into camp.
Our camp was just dreamy - warm, sunny weather and just the two of us camping on a remote beach.  At camp, we read, relaxed, and enjoyed some quiet time alone and together.
Jeff reading the Sea Forager's Guide to the Northern California Coast.
The paddling playground surrounding our camp was amazing.  The seas were quite sporty and lured us out for some exploration and rock garden play.
Launching a bit higher than Jeff anticipated on this one.
Evenings were spent cooking over the campfire and playing the ukulele.
Strumming the ukulele while cooking dinner over the campfire.

I am working on a video to share the trip.  I might write more about it but don't want to share too much and hope that you will check out my upcoming video (possibly videos).
View from our tent of the full moon over the sea.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Fall 2019

Whew - it was a busy and interesting summer for Liquid Fusion Kayaking.  I love guiding kayak tours and teaching kayaking but have to admit that the day after Labor Day is always a bit of a relief.  The day after labor day marks the end of our busy summer tour season.  After Labor Day,  we will continue to teach and guide but will not be on the water with students 6 days a week.  Many of our trips in the fall are Mendo Your Way - custom sea kayak tours on the Mendocino Coast.  It is fun working with people to create dream trips.
sea kayak mendocino sea caves
Sea kayaking into Mendocino Sea Caves
Now, it is time to get all the "invisible" work of running a kayaking business done as well as work on home improvement projects.  One of my fall projects is getting back to regular blogging.  I am working on a post about choosing the right kayak for rock gardening and coastal play.  I have a couple of instructional posts in mind as well.  If you have ideas or suggestions for my blog, please share them in the comments or contact me through Liquid Fusion Kayaking.

Also on the Fall list is a sea kayak coastal camping trip and coaching at the Lumpy Waters Sea Kayak Symposium.  If you haven't been, it is the funnest sea kayak event. There are still some spaces available.  Check it out and sign up! 
Pegging the Fun Meter at Lumpy Waters in Pacific City Oregon.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Wave in a Cave

Check out my latest HOT Lap video.

My goal for the hot lap series is 1 minute videos that are FUN!!! My goal is to capture a play spot or a before or after work paddle and share it in a quick 1 minute video. Quick means 2 things - 1 minute in length but also a quick edit. Too often, we spend hours editing videos trying to get them to be perfect. My goal is to get faster in my video editing yet still produce a decent video.

Be sure to subscribe to Liquid Fusion Kayaking's YouTube Channel to see them and to see the longer edits. You also might catch them on our Instagram or Facebook.

Be sure to like, comment, and share - this keeps me motivated to keep producing them.

Here's my latest video -


A day at the beach morphs into a sea cave kayak surf session. The Mendocino Coast of California is an awesome playground for whitewater and sea kayaking especially if you enjoy ocean kayak rock gardening and sea cave exploration. On our day off this week, we decided to a beach day was in store. We packed a cooler, beach towel, and of course threw our surf kayaks and whitewater kayaks in the pickup. Cate went for a swim to cool off and discovered this wave in a cave. Of course we had to go surf it. The Tsunami Ranger saying "A wave in a cave is an early grave" came to mind. Today was not the case. Surfing the wave in the cave was great fun and a fun way to spend an afternoon off.

You can watch the video here but best to use this link to view it on YouTube.

Monday, August 5, 2019

HOT LAP - Cache Creek Whitewater

Summer is one of my busiest months on the water so my blog gets a little bit neglected.  I also have to admit that I have been doing more video work than writing.  In the summer, I am guiding trips or teaching lessons most days but strive to get out for fun each day too.  Fun might be a surf session, a mountain bike ride, a trail run, a spin on my Stand Up Paddle Board, a sea kayak paddle, or a rock garden session.
Messing about on the river.
I have been working on my video skills during these play sessions and am creating a series of HOT LAP videos.  My goal for these videos is a quick edit of my media resulting in a 1 minute video sharing the fun that can be had in a before or after work session.  I am enjoying the challenge of editing my footage down to 1 minute but will probably put together a couple of 2-3 minute videos as well.

Here is one of my first HOT LAP Videos - Cache Creek.  Cache Creek aka Crash Creek is a favorite summer getaway for Jeff and I on our day off.  We enjoy the change of scenery, scorching hot weather, and refreshing whitewater river kayaking.

The video is probably best viewed on YouTube.  I hope you enjoy it and will check out more of my Hot Lap Videos.

Be sure to subscribe to Liquid Fusion Kayaking's YouTube Channel for longer edits and a full playlist of 1 minute edits.