Dave's WorldDave's Worlden-usI've Got To Give Ice Fishing a Try...<br /> I took my kids to check in on Cousin Tom and his team.&nbsp; We hadn&rsquo;t seen him for too long and Uncle Stu had joined him for the event, so the kids and I went onto the ice to check out some ice fishing.&nbsp; The ice was very smooth and often clear, which can definitely give you the heebie-jeebies.&nbsp; Cruse and I both had <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/brand-sorel-91.html" target="_blank">Sorel</a> boots on which kept us warm, but we needed to be vigilantly focused on how we moved about.&nbsp; Uncle Stu wore <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/brand-yaktrax-126.html" target="_blank">Yaktraks</a> and as expected, was nonchalant on the ice.<br /> <br /> We walked a circuit of ice holes with Tom; and he cleared newly formed ice and checked the tip up devices (spool of fishing line with indicator flag, set on base that sits across ice hole) rested over the holes. Katie asked about the bait and our teacher graciously pulled up the line and we saw a healthy little minnow.&nbsp; We also learned about tents on the ice&hellip;their warm.&nbsp; Logan (Tom&rsquo;s son) and his buddy were nice and toasty inside the tent (heated), where they were jigging with artificial bait.&nbsp; Our sensei indulged us with the unusually rewarding experience of cutting ice, it was cool to take the hand auger and spin a hole through nine inches of ice.&nbsp; Thanks Tom!!&nbsp; We knew we wouldn&rsquo;t be able to fish that afternoon, but the appeal was obvious:&nbsp; you could comfortably hang out with family and enjoy an exotic place in your own backyard.&nbsp; The kids were rolling around on the ice most of the time doing belly and knee slides, they were both in insulated outerwear for skiing by <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/brand-obermeyer-92.html" target="_blank">Obermeyer</a>, Patagonia Capiliene base layer, <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-categories-accessories-glovesmittens-99.html" target="_blank">OR gloves</a>, ski hats by Prana and <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/brand-smartwool-60.html">Smartwool</a>, socks by Darn Tough, and sunglasses by Optic Nerve.&nbsp; <br /> Hook up with a family member who can mentor your adventures on the ice or talk to a guide service, check out John Reddy (<a href="http://www.reddyguideservice.com/" target="_blank">Reddy&rsquo;s Guide Service</a>).&nbsp; Only go on the ice when you know it is safe, ask people with experience.<br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-ive_got_to_give_ice_fishing_a_try-18-43.htmlTrue StoriesThu, 04 Feb 2010 15:58:00 GMTDavid SchusterAdventure Idea! Any Takers?I'm considering a kayaking escape for the upper Midwest crowd, at the end of winter.&nbsp; I have done considerable amount of map looking, article reading, and web browsing to feel confident that if we shoot south from Wisconsin, we will get a good chance at a pleasant adventure.&nbsp; On the Gulf of Mexico, there is the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/GUIS/index.htm" target="_blank">Gulf Islands National Seashore</a>.&nbsp; This park is about 150 miles long and consists of seashore, barrier islands, bayous, and woodlands.&nbsp; There is historical preservation, like the Naval Live Oaks Reservation and wilderness areas (Gulf Islands Wilderness, 1978).&nbsp; I propose that a kayaker could paddle the open water out to the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/archive/guis/extended/MIS/MNature/Islands.htm" target="_blank">wilderness islands</a> (Horn and Petit Bois) and have a couple of days of exploration and relaxation.&nbsp; Anybody interested or have a better idea?&nbsp; I&rsquo;d love to put something together and escape the cold. Use the comment box below and let me know.&nbsp;http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-adventure_idea!_any_takers-18-44.htmlTrue StoriesThu, 04 Feb 2010 16:11:00 GMTDavid SchusterYou Look Like a Girl in Those!<br /> I love the Horny Toad motto, &ldquo;Everyday is an adventure!&rdquo; Today was a simple yet fine adventure and it all came down to feeling I got from a pair of sunglasses. <br /> <br /> I was planning the simple adventure of running two and a half miles to work by passing through the Big Foot Beach State Park along the local bike path; and catching a shower at the YMCA. I put on my awesome do everything pants, the <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/search-product.aspx?key=Patagonia+Guide+Pants">Patagonia Guide Pants</a> (I run, ski, go out to dinner, and even wear them to church) and my <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-icebreaker_tech_top_mens-281.html">Icebreaker Skin 200 top</a>, but couldn&rsquo;t find my sunglasses!&nbsp; I finally took my wife&rsquo;s super stylin&rsquo;, big girlie glasses, the <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-kaenon_georgia-349.html">Georgia by Kaenon</a>.&nbsp; Yes, I wore these:<br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-kaenon_georgia-349.html"><img width="222" height="123" src="/userfiles/image/David%20Schuster/image/kaenon_georgia_2360.jpg" alt="" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-kaenon_georgia-349.html"><img width="222" height="174" src="/userfiles/image/David%20Schuster/image/kaenon_georgia_2419.jpg" alt="" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> This evoked a silly (among others) feeling, and the attempt of not worrying about being cool by believing that I was pushing the super cool envelope. I always preach the importance of function over fashion and the glasses are super comfortable... how bad could it be?&nbsp; So I closed out the &ldquo;I look like a girl&rdquo; feeling and rode the wave of silly. The run was a blast, and nobody probably even noticed.<br /> <br /> <br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-you_look_like_a_girl_in_those!-18-46.htmlTrue StoriesTue, 09 Feb 2010 17:31:00 GMTDavid SchusterEarth Day Kayak EventWe just had our 4th Earth Day Kayak Demo, Trail Run, Tree Planting and Park Cleanup, at Big Foot Beach State Park.&nbsp; The organization of the event was great, thank you Laura and our entire team at Clear Water Outdoor.&nbsp; Thanks to the volunteers, they removed huge piles worth of garlic mustard and buckthorn.&nbsp; Well done Anne and the team at Big Foot Beach State Park, you are awesome. Our industry guests were awesome, they helped us offer our friends and neighbors the opportunity to test over seventy different kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, as well as trail running shoes, slacklines, and nordic walking poles.&nbsp; Thank you:&nbsp;&nbsp; Current Designs / Wenonah Canoes, Wilderness Systems, Perception Kayaks, Mad River Canoes, Hobie Kayaks, Montrail, Leki poles, Gibbon Slacklines and Smith Optics. <br /> <br /> Every year we wonder how the weather will turn out and this year was&hellip;not so good.&nbsp; I have noticed that we still get interested kayakers and friends on the poor weather days, but we are not able to reach the next layer of people we want to infect.&nbsp; We hope to bring the message of paddling and outdoor activities to the masses.&nbsp; When the weather is good our little event gets thousands of people active over the weekend, so there is a bit of a let down feeling when we don&rsquo;t get to share with large numbers.&nbsp; We were blessed though with hundreds of visitors and made some great new friends. <br /> <br /> We met some new paddlers and made a few; I can especially remember Gary&rsquo;s boys.&nbsp; The one young fellow had been doing good paddling around in a <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-wilderness_systems_pungo_100-2674.html" target="_blank">Pungo 100</a>, which is really too wide for the boy.&nbsp; When he came back, we helped him into the <a href="http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/product-detail-wilderness_systems_tsunami_sp_kids-1009.html" target="_blank">Tsunami SP</a> (much better fit!).&nbsp; He was launched with a good push and, sure enough, another paddler comes flying into the boy&rsquo;s line.&nbsp; The little guy throws down a well positioned reverse sweeping low brace and turned the boat liked a seasoned kayaker, to easily avoid the collision.&nbsp; A new kayaker is born.&nbsp; I hope the rest of the year goes like that turn and I get to teach that little guy how to J-lean.<br /> <br /> If you didn't get the chance to paddle at the event, stop by the store and we'll see about getting you in a boat.<br /> <br /> Thanks, David<br /> <br /> <br />http://www.clearwateroutdoor.com/post-details-earth_day_kayak_event-18-62.htmlTrue StoriesSun, 02 May 2010 09:53:00 GMTDavid Schuster