The harbor master was not amused. "Where are your life jackets? Where are your wet suits" he inquired. Sir Kenny of nomadic america was in no mood for the questioning proposed by the young lad. His quick witted response struck the young harbor master with a sting. "Our life jackets are in our chariot, and wet suits we have none. For we are experienced kayakers and do not necessitate the use of such devices". The harbor master was mystified. His tone changed from to concerned to worried. " These kayaks are not suitable for these waters. They are not enclosed vessels, and you are ill prepared". Sir Kenny scoffed " For we have no fear! Step aside young man. There is exploring to be done and we shall not be postponed by your questioning any further."
Sir Kenny and Queen Katie entered the water and voyaged out to the Apostle Island National park mainland caves. Small rolling water was no match for their determination to go where others dare venture. After an arduous paddle of some 1 nautical mile, they witnessed the awe of mother nature.
Ore dock. They leveled a 2,000 ft long pier and filled it full of gravel.
A snapshot of Katie and Eli walking the shoreline
So we made it work. It's for real. We've booked our first campsite tonight and are getting ready to sleep on the shores of lake superior in Ashland Wisconsin. We are chillin at Kreher park on the east side of town. Tonight marks the occasion of a years worth of work to get to where we are today. No jobs, no real responsibilities, and no hurry to go anywhere. We are on the road for a year and plan to see it all. Tomorrow we will be hitting up apostle islands national lakeshore. Our intent is to see the mainland caves if the weather isn't too dumpy. Lake superior can get nasty real fast. So let's recap what is gonna go down tomorrow.. we will dump two kayaks into the most unpredictable water the great lakes have to offer in order to explore caves without a map or tour guide. Awesome....
Tomorrow is the day. It's gonna get real. We've been at my dads for a week now. All of the little things have been wrapped up this week. Here's a rundown of Kenny's to-done-list for the last few days.
Already a day behind. I started yesterday... freaking yesterday and said I would do this everyday. This is why I'm a homeless nomad, because I'm unable to commit to stuff. We spent the day yesterday getting more stuff ready to travel. I got my tractor cleaned, greased, and ready for storage. Katie spent the morning pulling everything out of the fridge so that we could defrost it before we leave. I'd love to add photos but it's a real pain in the ass. We've got Samsung s7 android phones and they do not like our HP laptop. The only way I've found so far to get pictures from one to the other is to share them using the onedrive feature through Microsoft outlook. You take a picture, and it automatically uploads to the drive. Stupid crap doesn't work right. I usually have to wait a day for something to come through. However, there is a good chance that it's just because I'm not a tech savvy guy and have no idea what I'm doing.
We spent the early afternoon running laundry through our tiny RV washer/dryer and then packed up the dog and headed out for dinner. Katie's stepdad Randy resides over in the green lake WI area. He had us over for a northwoods staple: deep fried Walleye. Now for those of you who aren't local let me explain something to you. People in Wisconsin live by the Fish Fry Friday rule. You either go to one, host one, or talk about one. No exceptions. It's on our birth certificate, I checked.
So today is officially the first day of our adventure. Yesterday we sold the house and spent the rest of the day driving our way to big flats Wisconsin. It's a huge town with... a .... well... never mind it doesn't matter. My old man lives up here and runs Ma & Pa's restaurant with his wife Karen. We've got Roo (RV) parked behind the restaurant hooked up to electric and sewer. Today will be a short post with no pictures. Let's face it. I've been lazy with this blog and that's not fair. It's not fair to the friends and family that we've told about this being a way to keep up with us. I will be making a commitment to keeping up on this every day unless of course we are somewhere without internet service. I sit here typing this and think about the people who have influenced me the most to publish this. Sure there are many, and I could drag a list on and on, but quite frankly it's the folks I met at Catalent that have most recently shaped me into the man I am today. To all the people there who worked with me... thanks. Thanks for teaching me to be a better person. It's already late and I've got shit to do so catch you guys tomorrow.