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Saturday, September 20, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 74.0° F  Light Rain
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Kayaking the rain-swollen Yahara watershed

My incentive was to view first-hand the consequences of the record-setting rains of recent weeks, which had raised Lake Monona to two feet above its average level for August, and swollen the Yahara River's current to between three and four times its usual rate of flow for this time of year. >More
 Two feet high and risin'

he rains of recent weeks have set records. Their runoff has washed into the Yahara watershed, carrying consequences and surprises like so much flotsam and jetsam. I went looking for them last Sunday along the north shore of Lake Monona and up the middle stretches of the Yahara River. >More
 A glimpse of the Token Creek water trail

Members of the Mad City Paddlers have been toiling for a couple of years to establish a water trail on Token Creek. With help from Capitol Water Trails, they've been removing parts of the trees that have fallen across the creek to create a navigable canoe and kayak route that is often narrow but wild and rewarding. >More
 Token of appreciation

Token Creek is a chamber music festival, a county park, a hot-air balloon business, a disc golf course and a small unincorporated community flanking Highway 19 west of Sun Prairie. But first, it was a creek -- a spring-fed meander through a wild and tangled watershed that drains 27 square miles and delivers its waters to the upper Yahara River above Cherokee Marsh. >More
 Waymarking Madison

Madison is starting to get waymarked. Getting waymarked is not all that unusual. Since the offshoot of geocaching was launched, more than 54,000 waymarks have been established around the world. >More
 The Capitol Mile is hot

The weather was perfect for Sunday afternoon's Capitol Mile run. Perfect, that is, for spectators who were able to find a patch of shade. With winds at about five miles per hour, temperatures well into the 80s and plenty of sun, conditions were a bit hot for the athletes competing in the Wisconsin Track Club's annual race around the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. >More
 Wheels for Winners to hold second annual Wrench-A-Thon

Got wheels? Want to be a winner? Roll on over to Wheels for Winners this weekend for a 24-hour festival of grease, gears and goodwill. From noon on Saturday, July 28 until noon on Sunday, volunteers at the 2nd Annual Wrench-A-Thon will be working over its stockpile of used bikes to rebuild, reuse, and re-cycle. >More
 Shoe fetish

Okay, so I've got a footwear fetish. There. I said it. Go ahead, laugh and call me Imelda. But don't expect me to reform anytime soon. This is not a plea for intervention. It's a warning to others. >More
 Coasting along with Shimano

It feels like riding my first bicycle for the first time all over again, without the training wheels but with all the simplicity and ease of use. With its coaster brakes, a chain guard and three-speed gears that shift themselves, the Trek Lime is one of three Shimano Coasting bikes introduced this year in an effort to bring more adults to cycling. >More
 Hitting the waters of Lake Wingra in a canoe

I've been categorized as many things in my life: Incense burning hippie; indie rock; anti-hipster hipster; total bitch. I took it to a whole new extreme on Sunday as a canoeing enthusiast. >More
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