This blog is designed to highlight the paddling opportunities within South Dakota, mainly within a 50-mile radius of Sioux Falls. While Sioux Falls is far from the adventure of coastal regions, there is a certain satisfaction in utilizing the available waterways to observe weather, water conditions, and the landscape along the shoreline. In addition, there is a wealth of animal life on the waters of small South Dakota lakes, rivers, and creeks, including geese, ducks, pelicans, great blue heron, egrets, hawks, owls, perching birds, deer, raccoons, and beaver. Eagles, fox, and coyote are also sometimes spotted.

The sites described are places where I have kayaked over the past few years, mostly in South Dakota but sometimes including locations in Iowa and Minnesota. One of the best sources of information on the accessibility of small lakes is the South Dakota Atlas and Gazetteer, the large map book of South Dakota. Lakes with a public access are generally identified by a boat symbol marking the location of a launching site on public land.

You will notice the menu of paddling locations on the right side of the blog. Each of the postings is linked to one of the areas, and my intention is to provide a continuing review of the places where I paddle. Perhaps these narratives will help readers select waterways of interest to them. Please feel free to offer a comment regarding any of my postings; I would welcome the dialog.

I also maintain a companion blog that describes hiking opportunities within the Sioux Falls area. You can access that blog at:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

An Expedition Tracing the Great Migration of Humans Out of Africa

I regularly check into the Adventure Blog  to keep alert to expedition/adventure travel currently underway, something that has been a keen interest of mine all my life.  A new expedition just setting out traces the movement of humans out of Africa as they spread throughout the world.  Journalist Paul Salopek is has just begun a trek that will take him from Ethiopia to Tierra del Fuego, at the tip of South America.  As our ancestors did during the Pleistocene era, Salopek will travel by foot throughout this migration route followed by our ancestors over the next seven years.  He will be reporting his observations along this trek through his blog, Out of Eden – A journey through time, which can be accessed at the following URL:

I will be following his blog narratives over this trek, and I thought that perhaps readers of this blog would also be interested. 

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