Yep… you read that right, a Kurt Shirt. Why? Because I get bored sometimes, that’s why…. and, I can get these made and shipped by Amazon (Prime). So, if you like my site or my YouTube Channel and you want an awesome shirt to boot, then check these out. I will have more styles available as I can, but for now… here’s what I got. You can also find these by searching Amazon for Kurt Zitzelman Outdoors or from the Kurt Shirts link at the top of the page.
Get my Big Ol’ Dumb Face Logo on your back… this is for the true, die hard KZO fan! You’d have to be in order to be seen in this thing! Only $19.99 and processed by Amazon!
Inspired by the sunrise on a recent trip to the Catskill Mountains during which I saw absolutely no one else on the trail for 3 days. The new Solitude shirt has a lot less of the Big Ol’ Dumb Face logo and more… well… solitude! Only $19.99 and processed by Amazon!
Seems like an odd title, I know… but I have seem a swimming bear at this week’s destination before. Shohola Marsh Reservoir in Pike County PA is a 595 acre (accessible size … over 1,100 acres if you include the restricted waterfowl propagation areas) man-made lake. I have kayaked here five or six times and every time I see at least one Bald Eagle. Today’s visit was no exception with at least five Eagle sightings. One thing that was a little unexpected was that, even though it’s only August 12th, the trees already appear to be showing some fall color! Not much yet, but this is earlier than I can remember in recent years.
Last Saturday was another day without a plan. I wanted to go somewhere new, but as I mentioned last week it gets increasingly difficult to find new places close to home. I thought I had found 2 new lakes to paddle, but found out last minute the the larger of the two, Lake Minsi, has recently been drawn down for dam repair… like a lot of other man-made lakes in the area. Since it was over a hour drive to get there, I decided to abandon that plan considering that only one, relatively small lake was now accessible.
My friend suggested nearby Fords Lake, a spot that I have driven by many times and never realized it had a boat ramp or was publicly accessible. So we drove up to Clarks Summit and checked it out. I was pleasantly surprised.
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After Fords Lake, we decided it was time for some lunch and wound up back in Tunkhannock were we ate at the Downtown Deli, great little spot by the way. After lunch and while we were right next to it, we decided to go try our luck in the Susquehanna River. I say “try our luck” because we have had a lot of rain this summer, so there was a lot of water in the river. We headed up river, just in case the current got too strong we could coast back to the launch. Good thing we did, because about a 1/4 mile up river we hit much stronger current and had a very difficult time paddling against it. Always better safe than sorry, although a can see a multi day river trip in the future.
Sometimes it’s tough to find new places in your local area. Over the past 3 years I’ve kayaked in most of the accessible lakes and ponds in my area, besides the extremely busy places. So, I occasionally have a hard time figuring out what I going to do on the weekends. Last weekend was one of those times.
I decided, fairly early on Saturday (like 5am early) that I was going to start the day at Prompton State Park, but I had no plans for after that. After spending 3 hours kayaking at Prompton I went home and searched the PA Fish and Boat Commission page – http://fishandboat.com and found Stevens Lake, a smal lake about 45 minutes from home that I had never been to before. (more after video)
As I found this new spot to kayak I decided to also stop at Lackawanna State Park for a sunset paddle, which turned out to be a beautiful night. Considering I started the day with no plans… 14 hours of kayaking and exploring was a nice surprise. It just goes to show, that you can always find something to do as long as you try.
Bradys Lake was drawn down and had it’s dam repaired in the early 2000’s, during that time remnants of old structures that were used for hauling ice in the 1800’s. Now, the lake is used for recreation. Fishing and kayaking are popular as is hiking along he trails around the water and in to the surrounding state game lands. Check out the video to get a look at this secluded lake in the Poconos.