Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali, Denali National Park, Alaska

This site was last modified: September 15 2014.

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Welcome to Travels with Nessie.

Nessie and Clem

This site is about our travels with and without our tandem kayaks, Nessie (our original kayak) and Clem (our new kayak). We've been lucky to visit much of the US on our travels. We've taken either Nessie or Clem on several of our trips and have greatly enjoyed quiet water paddling in them. But sometimes they have to stay home--you can't get a 16 feet long kayak in the overhead bin on an airplane. Check out About Nessie and Clem for more information about our Kayaks.

Quiet Water Paddling

Our paddling interest is limited to quiet water--lakes, ponds, slow moving rivers, and coastal water. We seek out pretty and interesting quiet water and provide photos and descriptions of these paddles. We don't do whitewater. Lakes on windy days are rough enough for So if you're interested in quiet water paddling, check the Quiet Water

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park

National Parks

If you're interested in the wonderful National Parks in the US, check out the National Parks Pages. Or just pick a page at random from the menus. The most recent additions to the National Parks pages are Cumberland National Seashore and Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Non-Paddling trips

We've been on many trips where we've had to leave the kayaks home. Many of these trips have been in North Carolina and you'll find information on them in the Exploring NC section.

Our trips have not been limited to North Carolina, and you'll find information on these trips in the Exploring US and Exploring Canada sections.


We have several pages of photographs to help us remember the beauty of the places we've visited and to share with others. We have photos on all the trip pages and we have photo galleries with more photos. You can find a list of galleries at Photo Galleries.


There are several books and websites that we have discovered over the years that have been very useful to us.

Favorite Paddles Merchant's Mill Pond and Bear Creek Lake

If we had to choose our favorite paddling spots in North Carolina, we'd pick Merchant's Mill Pond in Eastern North Carolina and Bear Creek Lake in Western North Carolina.

We've paddled Merchant's Millpond twice, in 2003 and in 2010. Merchant's Millpond is in Gates County and is pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

We haven't paddled Bear Creek Lake for quite awhile.

Sea gull flying past glacier in Glacier Bay National Park
Sea Gull and Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Waterfalls from melting Glacier and Snow College Fjord Alaska
Waterfalls from melting glacier College Fjord, Alaska
Linville Falls, North Carolina
Linville Falls, North Carolina
Green River Overlook Canyonlands National Park
Green River Overlook Canyonlands National Park
Tree Reflected in Lower Yellowstone Prong
Reflection at Lower Yellowstone Prong Falls, Graveyard Fields Blue Ridge Parkway

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