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Breaking through the ice

Part of an Observer News feature series By Mitch Traphagen   The layer of ice covering the waterway offered no resistance, except in my mind. When I left Southport, North…

Thawing out a frozen dream

Part of an Observer News Feature Series By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net Boats are the physical manifestation of dreams. No one needs a boat; but for those who choose the water as…

Trips Worth Taking (Seminole County)

By WARREN RESEN, Florida Outdoor Writers Assoc. memberPhotos by Jeanne O’Connor It took a trek to the jungles of Panama for me to learn what the world’s image of Florida…

Cool Change

By MITCH TRAPHAGENmitch@observernews.net If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing, it’s the time that I spend alone sailing on the cool and bright clear waters. I can hear…

Helping Hands

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The circus has moved down the road. All along the way, I’ve heard stories of the southbound cruising fleet crowding bridges and marinas along the Intracoastal Waterway…

Coming in from the cold

Part four of an Observer News feature series By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I had never been so cold in my life — and that is saying something coming from a former…

Sailing in through the out door

Part three of an Observer News feature series Reedville, Virginia, is a quiet community on a creek just off the Chesapeake Bay. MITCH TRAPHAGEN photos By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The quiet…

Saying goodbye

My wife Michelle flew in to help prepare the boat for the voyage home. The tanks and lockers are full. It is time to sail home. Saying goodbye to Michelle…

Way Down Upon The Suwannee River

Kayaking crystal clear water of Ichetucknee River.   Article by WARREN RESEN Photos by JEANNE O’CONNOR“Way Down Upon The Suwannee River” These words were written in a song by Stephen…

The last leg

Part one of an Observer News feature series By MITCH TRAPHAGEN The last leg is getting the boat into the water from the boatyard in Maryland, then sailing three days…