Category Archives: Hello World

About the restoration, equipping and presence of Hello World, a 16 ft Hobie Cat sailboat

Posts to post

I’ve been blogging in my mind for the last couple of months, here’s a sample of the topics I’d like elaborate on soonish. First, a crisis of confidence. Gosh, why blog at all? With the explosion of FB, a personal … Continue reading Continue reading

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More boats?

Yes, Trickster Pictures is acquiring more sailboats in preparation for the post petroleum America. Mostly Hobie 16s, same as Hello World. Beyond fun! Actually the point of this post is to see if we can re-establish our inter blog communication. Jordan Bates found me a plug-in with promise – a feed based updater. Now the [...] Continue reading

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Awash in wildflowers…

…and basking in beauty, that’s the summer of 2011. Hello World has been beached (blossomed) for a solid year following her crippling injury 30 miles north of Chicago that ended our 2010 expedition. She’s communing with the flox and vetch … Continue reading

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Awash in wildflowers…

…and basking in beauty, that’s the summer of 2011. Hello World has been beached (blossomed) for a solid year following her crippling injury 30 miles north of Chicago that ended our 2010 expedition. She’s communing with the flox and vetch across the street, waiting for repairs. Patrick and I are converting a storage shed into [...] Continue reading

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Live Fully, Pay Attention, Power Down

Play movie for computer, phone or youtube An ALM inspired public service message about giving up jet travel, whipped up in response to a regional fund raising effort that seemed inherently contradictory. The more I learned the more I felt … Continue reading

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PSA V2

I tested my PSA yesterday – me doing a talking head with ALM b-roll. It’s got potential. This morning I simplified the narration. I am Dan Kelly In 2008 I was invited to sail around the Hawaiian islands and make … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

I’ve been away from ondesire.com for a couple of months, reconstructing my land based life and recovering from an NYC exit. Let’s return now to the Around Lake Michigan archives for further extraction and posting. I’m starting with a PSA … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Ready to go for real

Day 5 was the second and for real launch. June 1st was the official day of getting Hello World into the Big Lake and starting to sail but the truth was we weren’t ready. A few days of puttering around … Continue reading

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Day 4 – Adjustments in Arcadia

An easy afternoon on the beach making adjustments to Hello World, mostly the straps and plates that secured the waterproof rifle cases. There’s also insights about yawning. Behind the scene details were posted on June 6. 10-06-04 Adjustments in Arcadia, … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Elberta to Arcadia

Sailing from Elberta to Arcadia on Day 2 was much easier than getting from Point Betsie to Elberta on Day 1. In this episode, I discuss the plan to beach Hello World and run some errands while still within range … Continue reading

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What I did with the 2nd half of July

I took advantage of the 2010 expedition’s abrupt end by soaking up the rapture oozing outta Hello World’s home base, the Artist house on Crystal Lake. Truth be told, the spring had sprung so sweetly last May that it was … Continue reading

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What does it mean when this happens?

Somehow the front aluminum pylon is sinking or twisting inside the hull. It might have happened while moored in Chicago’s Monroe Harbor, perhaps from an impact by another boat. Or it could be a sign of some internal problem that … Continue reading

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This and that

Day 34 I had ambitions last night, but today just flitted away. I tinkered with the camera on the boat and made a spectacle of myself chillin’ in the tent. I got looks from tender passengers and a “love your … Continue reading

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Sleeps with the fishes

Our view tonight..

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Accidental practice

Day 33 Perfection? The kingdom of god is spread upon the earth and man does not see it. Someone to tumble with in this grass would be sweet but as far as solo moments go, pretty near perfect. In tree … Continue reading

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Monroe Harbor

Day 32 Not enough sleep after dozing in the conference room while cloning drives, but me and the z-bike were on the Metra heading south by 9:00 am. When I peddled up the beach was clean, sunny and deserted. I … Continue reading

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Facebook catch-up

This is for the Facebook people who’ve been missing out on recent posts due to the unpredictable behavior of the sharing application. I’ve gone back to a less fancy but very reliable solution. Day 27 Day 28 Day 29 Day … Continue reading

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Back in a big city

Day 31 It’s big city life, Chicago. Amazing how familiar it feels after days and days of waves. Mostly I’m catching up and doing housekeeping. After breakfast I wandered over to Monroe Harbor and made arrangements to bring in Hello … Continue reading

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Chicago!

Day 30 Down at the beach with Jeni and Nancy to open my wind window. Steve came jogging by and they introduced us. He’s working at the steel mill and said that before US Steel bought it and nixed everyone’s … Continue reading

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Sanctuary at Ogden Dunes

Day 29 Off the New Buffalo Public Beach at 11:00 am after a quick run for groceries and one last visit to the restrooms. The wind was out of the northeast at maybe 9 knots, good for southwest course. At … Continue reading

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Marooned in New Buffalo

Day 28 I woke up bright and fine after a terrific rest. Having surveyed the forest last night, I knew a nitrogen drop off was doable. The rich loamy sand of the forest floor had a dense root mat. I … Continue reading

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Short of Benton Harbor

After phone calls and goodbyes, I walked over from Fritz’s to the Schumann’s beach, turned Hello World around and ate breakfast. The wind was blowing about 15-20 mph and there was great waves for body surfing. Two kids who I … Continue reading

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Salute! Saugatuck (and Douglas)

Day 24 There’s steady WNW wind this morning, good for heading south. I’ve got a stop I might make along the way to Benton Harbor today. I’m looking to round out the Lake’s bottom before the month ends. What’s in … Continue reading

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Map and updated itinerary

Julie gave me a hard time about getting a map going and today I finally did all the digital magic. There’s also an updated itinerary at You are here.

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Back to Saugatuck

Day 20 In Kalamazoo zoo zoo this morning with plans to see the Pekarovic’s goat ranch before jetting back to Saugatuck with Susan. 7:30 am departure turned into 9:30 am because I stayed up editing the Great Lakes Aquatics segment … Continue reading

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Visiting Kalamazoo

Day 15 – 16 Paused in the Pine Motel parking lot on the way back from Wallys, riding the Zilliax Miyata back to Oval beach in the rain. It was a warm rain and I wanted to add a little … Continue reading

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Where are the posts?

Watch for a flurry of blog and video posts in the next 24 hours. I’ll be in Kalamazoo with Susan and Vince until Sunday morning then heading back to Saugatuck Dunes Natural Area where Hello World is parked.

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Welcome to Saugatuck?!

Day 15 So much blogging and not enough lime, I mean time. I’m in Wallys in downtown Saugatuck with minimal cell coverage. This place is brimming with hotties dressed for luau, a couple were doing a beer bong as I … Continue reading

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The revolution is here

I can’t help but feel as I kick back with my 1/2 french press and cardamom bun ($4.50!) that we truly are on the cusp of realizing sustainable civilizations. Who’d of thought that in downtown Ludington, Michigan there would be … Continue reading

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Starting to get good

Day 5 of ALM 2010. It’s raining just north of Onekema tonight. Back from the beach about a stone’s throw, nestled in low dunes is a cozy wozy tent, glowing merrily with candlelight. Inside I’m munching my third bowl of … Continue reading

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Launch!

I don’t want to leave the tent. 7:20 am, sore and wishing to sleep more. The waves take a little breath now – big surges with a rest in between. That’s a change from yesterday – constant roll and crash. … Continue reading

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To the Big Lake

The illustrious James Barnes gave Hello World a lift over to Point Betsie and that’s where she camped last night. I wanted to copy a few files from the big archive before heading over. It will likely be a short … Continue reading

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A thousand words

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Shakedown

Morning of Friday May 28, three weeks after the original launch date. If I can get on the water in the next few days, I’ll likely be sailing into late August early September. I’ve still got a 3 month window, … Continue reading

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Wild beach

I started the staging area in March and completed it yesterday with the help of nefs and their pa. Steve zapped the stumps from the two big poplar trees. Jonathan, Patrick and I moved the logs to the lake to … Continue reading

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Soon

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Armor Amour – chapter 3 (bloody hell)

There’s a terrible tragedy at this end of this post, so if you’re the weepy type close your browser and check back tomorrow. How to glue pennies to the bottom of a Hobie Cat, the completion of Hello World’s armor … Continue reading

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Swimming

Yesterday afternoon I tested both the Aquapac underwater camera solution and my Gul skin out wetsuit with a swim to the blue line. A classic tao situation. All the cheese and yogurt I’ve been eating is starting to show – … Continue reading

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Watching paint dry

That’s how much fun I’m having right now. Hello World’s first finish coat was applied this morning. Speaking of Malcolm X (today’s his birthday, he’d be 85) here’s an insidious bit of racial marketing I came across. The VOCs from … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 2

Here’s the back page from the vintage Hobie Cat brochure that came with Hello World. Hobie had an intriguing angle on catamarans in 1979 – camping. Perhaps being a subsidiary of the Coleman Company had something to do with it. … Continue reading

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Armor Amour – chapter 1

When Hello World came down from the rafters I was dismayed to find she was still wet. Before lofting her last October I had drained the standing water from the hulls. Though I suspected her fiberglass / foam sandwich was … Continue reading

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I know the journey has started when…

I know the journey has started when I don’t know when it’s going to start. The moment when the handcrafted Hello World slides into surf cannot be predicted. I’ve been back in the water since the year flipped. I’ve shared … Continue reading

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-5 days – fly true

Despite precautions, when I crawl into bed I feel the prickle of tiny glass fibers on my naked skin.  I mingle with Hello World, we become one flesh. Hello World is more than my production platform, transport and home. The … Continue reading

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-4 days – child’s questions

A cup of ginger tea before donning the yellow hazmat suit and starting the day’s fiberglass fun. The Brunton inverter is whirring away somewhat creakily as it charges this iPhone. Most of the gear has already been checked for solid … Continue reading

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-3 days – soaked

Sorting and packin x Dreams of flying last night. A decisive ignorance of gravity and intense experience of remembering.  When I’d stretch into a laughing loft or a lazy backflip I’d feel a body rush / energy shiver flash from … Continue reading

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2 days – pushback

Are we ready? Not quite yet. Fiberglass repairs will take another few days. An ordering snafu has delayed the arrival of some gear. Chuck is fabricating cargo plates that need to be tested. This weekend’s weather forecast is not beach … Continue reading

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4 days

Driving in to Traverse City for another round of errands. Fiberglass repairs are in process. Could wrap primary hull repairs this evening, with fairing and paint by Wednesday (2 days). That’s when I’ll decide whether to launch as planned or … Continue reading

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8 days – drydock

Yesterday Hello World had a soft landing and went into drydock. Movie! 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock variable / full screen 10-04-28 Hello World soft landing and drydock fixed size

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9 days – Love!

Notice how calm I appear? Tomorrow gear should start arriving via ground shipping including the voice of Hello World, Winslow’s Torus. I’m a Taurus too! Hello World has yet to go into the shop for fiberglass patching, but I think … Continue reading

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10 days – errands

A day driving around and hooking up with experts. I dropped in to see Chuck of Northern Welding Specialties first, but he wasn’t there. He told me via cell that he was teaching at the college and perhaps we could … Continue reading

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12 days – details

Much ordering, inspections and organization. I’m driving up to Traverse City tomorrow or Tuesday for a shopping day. Fiberglass work has not started, I expect to prep the garage for Hello World today and maybe even get her in there. … Continue reading

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13 days – dreams

It’s 5:15 am, a bit early for me to be up. On my way back to bed after taking a leak I knocked over a mason jar of water. Groping in the dark for some clothes, towels – anything to … Continue reading

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15 days – Making of a Saint

Getting close now. Order of operations seems to be holding together, it’s spooky that I’m mostly on schedule. Everything can go right between now and launch… it’s possible. I am noticing more, recognizing the unfolding of a larger story. A … Continue reading

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16 days – Roman Nose

Kari was over last night for dinner and we talked about guns, earthships and vision quests. She used a big cutting board as a model of Hello World, sliding it back and forth on the counter top as if it … Continue reading

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17 days – pronouns

You might notice an unusual use of pronouns in this project. “We” usually replaces “I” when discussing the trip. That’s because Hello World has it’s own identity and presence, it’s not just Dan Kelly sailing Around Lake Michigan, it’s Dan … Continue reading

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Itinerary Version 1.0

Around Lake Michigan route 2010, version 1.0. Subject to change by whim, weather, clues, portents and synchronicity. Actual Point Betsie to Elberta Beach, Elberta, Michigan arrive 10-06-01 Arcadia Lake, Arcadia, Michigan arrive 10-06-02 depart 10-06-05 North of Portage Lake, Michigan … Continue reading

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Checklist sundries

revised 10-05-23 Light √ flashlight [Sure Shot] √ dive flashlight [Intova] √ x4 lighter √ x3 chemical light sticks √ candle lantern √ x5 candles Hygiene Health and First Aid √ scissor √ tweezor √ utility knife √ finger nail … Continue reading

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Master Checklist ALM 2010

revised 10-05-19 This is based on the 09-08-31 Master Checklist, posted only 5 days before the September launch. We’re posting this 18 days before launch – that’s progress. revised 10-05-31 Launching 23 days late and this will be the final … Continue reading

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19 days – Order of Operations

Time for a list of lists, a preliminary inventory. With 19 days left, we’ve got to design the optimal sequence of actions. To avoid the carbon cost of airplane flight, new gear needs to be shipped ground which means ordering … Continue reading

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Winslow’s bell

Winslow the blacksmith has been talking about a bell for Hello World on Facebook, but I kinda hate FB’s interface so I thought it would be easier to post some illustrations here and then make some comments. It’s important that … Continue reading

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25 days calm and serene

Calm and serene – that was the mantra of the Marietta college freshman crew team. Yeah, we were buff brothers and precisely sychronized, but coach Ralph Lindamood (1922-2001) was a savvy old coot, he knew relaxation was the third leg … Continue reading

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26 days

Lovely chill morning. Yesterday I surprised a fox as I came out of the house. Sienna and umber, pretty big too. He wasn’t in a huge hurry, eventually trotting off past the nitrogen accumulator (outhouse). Last Friday I passed a … Continue reading

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Inherent artifact

44 days until the scheduled launch. In 3 weeks I’ll look back wistfully and think, “I remember back when there was plenty of time.” The logistics of sailing and camping for three months are significant. There’s the boat itself which … Continue reading

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Staging area

I needed a break from social phenomena this morning so I went outside and cut down some trees. How does that jive with the project ethic? About 20 years ago I allowed the lawn around the Artist house to grow … Continue reading

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Deconstructing doom

Jonathan has been questioning the veracity of the doom assertion in the ALM / artifact premise. A premise or pitch is a shorthand introduction to a project – typically delivered in less than 15 seconds (and often in an elevator). … Continue reading

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Winter storage

Hello World floats above the kitchen facilitating daily communion.

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Visit On Desire

Last year my documentary about sailing around the Hawaiian Islands morphed into a documentary about sailing around Lake Michigan. In September of 2009 I soloed 300 miles on the 16 foor catamaran Hello World, searching for sustainable civilizations.  The plan … Continue reading

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Flashback!

I scanned and posted the audience feedback cards within a week of the Evening of Exploration, but over a month went by before I read and sorted them into categories. Why did it take so long? This question triggered a … Continue reading

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Catagories from Evening of Exploration

I’ve finally gone through the response cards from the Evening of Exploration and tallied the results. Admittedly, asking for ‘the most memorable moment’ was not a very rigorous approach to feedback but then the Evening of Exploration was about more … Continue reading

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Homegrown Organic Eatery

A feature film in 5 days? A engaging, edifying, feature film in 5 days? How much sencha green tea will it take? Finally, the video the network has been clamoring for! The dynamic duo of digestion, Chris and Tanya Winkelman … Continue reading

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Near miss with the Manitowoc

Big boats traverse the Big Lake, and Hello World and I had a close encounter. What are the chances of getting squished by an ore carrier? Only our 5th day out already we’re having near death experiences. Fun! Lazily crossing … Continue reading

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North Manitou odyssey

Two – count ‘em – two new chapters are available for your viewing pleasure, both documenting my two night sojourn on North Manitou Island. Disasters and blessings interpenetrate. 09-09-09 Crescent City under Hello World (newer OS) 09-09-09 Crescent City under … Continue reading

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Breakfast monolog

A sacred place on a sacred day, North Manitou Island, 09/09/09. Ponderings on turning back, being myself and ending the war against wisdom, aka consumption by becoming poetry incarnate. 09-09-09 Crescent City on North Manitou Island (newer OS) 09-09-09 Crescent … Continue reading

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Invitations and press releases away!

No turning back now, the invitations and press releases for the November 28th event are public. There’s also a swell new image for my collaboration with Gretchen, check it on the ‘save the date’ page…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

An evening of exploration with local artists Explore an evening of cinema and performance with filmmaker Dan Kelly and Dancer/Choreographer Gretchen Eichberger-Kudlak at the Mills Community House Theater in Benzonia, Saturday November 28 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The … Continue reading

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Sketch – Passage to North Manitou Island

Another working sketch posted, the transit from Sleeping Bear Point to North Manitou Island. The queasiness associated with exposing works in progress is becoming less of an issue. I think this sketch works and gets the idea across. There’s enough … Continue reading

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Breakfast and the rough cut

I continue to slam together a rough cut for the November 28 test screening event in Benzonia, Michigan. Why have I scheduled a test screening? Proof of concept A little more than a month has passed since I ran Hello … Continue reading

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Save the date – November 28, 2009

If you’ll be in or near Northern Michigan on November 28, come to the On Desire / Around Lake Michigan SPECIAL EVENT! Join the amazing folks who participated and supported the Around Lake Michigan, Search for Sustainable Civilizations project. We’ll … Continue reading

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The cost of sailing

Just before launching last month, I took some pictures of the waste generated from Hello World’s renovation. Getting her ready required power, raw material and room in the landfill. Around Lake Michigan is a search for sustainable civilizations that utilized … Continue reading

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Debriefing continues

Talked with two of my bio brothers yesterday about the trip. Mike and I both have an affinity for the national parks and we discussed how I might craft a proposal based on ALM to increase access to parks without … Continue reading

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Afterward

Phase 1 of Around Lake Michigan is complete. The overview – 300 miles of sailing in about 30 days, 50+ hours of video recorded including travel and interviews, plenty of low/no impact camping, many new friends, 20,000 hits on the … Continue reading

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The Wind Blew Me Home – Chapter 2

It’s best to start the morning slowly after a 9 hour enchanted sail, to take a languid inventory of all of your parts, cozy warm in the sleeping bag. A trip down to the boat for toothbrush and iPhone charging … Continue reading

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The Wind Blew Me Home – Chapter 1

There I was in Wisconsin waters, having just passed between Washington Island and the Door Peninsula. Twenty eight miles in 3 hours, a decent trek for one day. I’d left Ritch and Hello World’s caretakers, Bunny and Ed at noon … Continue reading

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Heading ESE

To Wisconsin!

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Still in the UP

It’s 9:00 am at Rapid River, Michigan on the Stonington Penninsula. There’s a big wind ready to blow me south to Green Bay and beyond. Robot weather reports are out of commission as my little radio got wet on the … Continue reading

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Intensity

I jettisoned the sludge around 9:00 am and headed southwest, with the intention of hyper jumping 40 miles across the UP and camping just past the Garden Peninsula on summer island. It was to be a short and very intense … Continue reading

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The Upper Peninsula

I saw the Upper Penninsula of Michigan pretty quick but my vector brought the coast up gradually. As the shore came into view, I could not see the rosy beige colors of friendly quartz sand beaches, but rather blue water … Continue reading

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Bye bye Beaver

Seemed like I’d stayed for days and days, but it was only four days. Easy to get in the groove on Beaver with so many friendly folks around.  I’m off to pack the boat and launch. With luck, Naubenway today. … Continue reading

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An Island called Beaver

There are disasters, problems and blessings. Any life worth living is an admixture of these. So much life in a couple of days. First my current position. At a power enabled table in Danny Donegals Pub, Beaver Island, sipping a … Continue reading

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Dark night of Charlevoix

My iPhone had a mishap, so I am recalling events from a future perspective, having lost several posts in process. Having left Barnes Park around 10:30 am with it’s sparkling toilets, I made the dash for the end of Grand … Continue reading

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Dinner by candlelight

The candle is optimally situated. The bowl of quinoa porridge with collard greens and button mushrooms steams in the foreground, illuminated enough so that one may design a fortunate arrangement of tasty morsels on one’s spoon. In the background, in … Continue reading

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Old Mission to Barnes

Brisk north wind of 15 knots with gusts up to 25! Then there were the waves, crest to trough 4-5 ft at times. Sail up and over, big splash, do it again. After about 14 miles of tacking nw and … Continue reading

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Fruit fly friendship

My bare back is covered with fruit flies, a delicious tingle like static electricity. That’s this mornings update from the nitrogen accumulator, otherwise known as the dungomatic, TM. I’d anchored on a pretty wild beach and so was amazed to … Continue reading

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Anchored at the tip of Old Mission

After clawing my way out of Grand Traverse Bay for the better part of the afternoon, I decided to turn right and check out the tip of Old Mission Penninsula for overnight potential. It looked quite picturesque with seagulls and … Continue reading

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Slow motion start

The bustling urban mileau fades ever so slowly into a haze of jet exhaust and wood smoke. Bows angling toward the arctic, I slither forward on an occassional puff of wind. 30+ miles before I can clear Grand Traverse Bay, … Continue reading

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Michigan Schooner Festival

I’d like to say that it was all part of the master plan, so maybe I will. I arrived in Traverse City just in time for the Maritime Heritage Alliance’s Michigan Schooner Festival, a (near) zero waste event. Around and … Continue reading

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Back in Beulah

Caught some excellent interviews at the Schooner Festival yesterday with Tom Kelly, Master of the Inland Seas, Ray Minervinni of Grand Traverse Commons, Andy Gale from Bay Area Recycling for Charities and Tanya and Chris from Homegrown. I borrowed Jeff’s … Continue reading

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Jeff’s place

At the home of Jeff Gibbs, friend and advisor. Mentor even, feisty ally and occasional pain in the ass. He’s offering me a base of operations for reorganization and resupply here in Traverse City. I’m off to the Schooner Festival … Continue reading

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Grand Traverse Bay

Stuck, stuck, stuck this morning from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. When will I learn to turn on the radio? Poised to enter Grand Traverse Bay after an excellent night under the clay cliffs of Northport’s big lake shores, I … Continue reading

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Northport

It was late in the day when we approached Northport’s clay cliffs, reminiscent of crumbling citadels. Several spots looked agreeable and unpopulated from the water, but I decided to chase down a couple walking north along the beach and get … Continue reading

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