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I was reading the Algonquin Park Cottage Outpost Web Log when they posted this really interesting fascinating set of photos. Here is the description: A friend of mine just sent in these pictures taken on Lake Superior's Isle Royale. The photographer was in a tree stand hunting deer when this scene took place. A graphic account of winter survival! Wow, that is amazing! Click on the photos to zoom in.  

Dam Safety Videos
Friday, 23 March 2007

The Illinois Paddling Council recently released an 8 minute video called Low Head Dam Safety following the tragic drowning deaths of three people last year. You can watch the video below. Generally speaking it is a good video that shows the dangers of getting caught in the powerful hydraulics of these types of dams. I did think that the music was a little dramatic and over top and the narrator's voice makes me not want to ever touch the water again, but it does get the message across. They highlight a really cool low head dam simulator what clearly shows what is going on under the water. Watch for the little drowning guy with the painted on screams of terror... {google}-6846124409391034920{/google}

Nice to see you...
Thursday, 22 March 2007

I saw a recent news article that really caught my eye. Sorry about that... The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society recently launched a life-size blue whale that you can explore. You need to check it out... But before you go off exploring, here are a couple of Blue Whale Fun Facts to impress your office friends. The Blue Whale is the largest living animal in the world! The main arteries of a Blue Whale are so large that a small person could crawl through them! Blue Whales eat approximately 40,000,000 krill a day! A Blue Whale vocalizes by means low-frequency moans, pulses, buzzes, rasps, and ultrasonic clicks.

The largest drain hole in the world
Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam’s is the largest morning glory spillway all over the world. This funnel-shaped outlet, allows water to bypass the dam when it reaches capacity, as it swallows a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s). Read more about this crazy feature .

Bill Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund
Tuesday, 13 February 2007

Today, I read reading about the Bill Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund on the Paddle Canada website. This $1000 scholarship is available student enrolled in an outdoor education or environmental studies program at a Canadian college or university. It is not a new scholarship having been around since 1991 when Morten Asfeldt from University of Alberta was its first recipient. Who was Bill Mason? Well, Bill Mason was a canoeist and an artist but he was best known for his film-making. He worked for many years in the early 80’s making movies for the National Film Board. In Canada, many of his films were shown to school kids all through the 80's with his most popular being "Paddle to the Sea" and "The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes". He was one of the first people to use film as a medium for whitewater canoe instruction. "Path of the Paddle" and "Waterwalker" are absolute classics. I never had the great fortune to meet him, but I have met his kids Paul and Becky at several paddling festivals through the years. Wikipedia entry.
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