Catamarans are my favorite style of boat. Sadly, I am not much of a sailor, but I do enjoy paddling a great deal. A few years back, after watching a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup TV ad (because everybody knows peanut butter and chocolate go great together, right?) I decided to merge the two. supCAT boards are catamarans built for paddling.
Wood and water are two more of my favorite things. Add in white pine, and living in a ‘W’ state like Wisconsin, and it all kind of fits together. It wasn't always like this, though. Back in the day, I was a guide in the BWCA, taking small groups on week-long canoe trips. The ‘number’ lakes, along with Hudson, Insula, and Alice, east of Ely on the Echo Trail, were my favorite lakes.
Those canoe trips in the BWCA, along with a roommate I met while going to UMD, proved to be the gateway for summers in Oregon and Idaho guiding whitewater rafting trips. The Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho were my apex water years. Eventually, graduation happened from the University of Montana in Missoula and the next chapter started, but those fabulous, amazing summers with paddles and oars in hand remain some of my favorite memories.
The years are piling up now, as they often do, and I find myself with a wife, three kids, a house and a little dog. Living in flyover country, no less. A bunch of years have gone by in a blink. We're still here, in the middle of the country atop the craton, dodging tornados and perched above the high water line, a few minutes from Lake Kegonsa. Long paddling summers and life in the Central Time Zone are turning out OK.