||Roger Pihlaja is a retired chemical engineer. He is also an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He has been leading his Boy Scout troop and family on back country paddling trips for 25+ years.
Philip Edward Island is located in northern Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. It is partially within the boundaries of Killarney Provincial Park. The presentation will describe a trip that Roger Pihlaja took with his brother-in-law in the summer of 2018. including both on the water and day hike activities. Besides spectacular photos, the presentation will discuss planning and safety.
Mammoth Cave in Kentucky is a "living cave" in that it is still growing. Much of the underground water that is carving out the cave system eventually ends up in the Green River. The Green River gets its name from the cloudy green color due to the dissolved minerals. This presentation will describe a paddling trip on the Green River through the National Park. Along the way, the adventurers got to explore "sea caves" formed by an aquifer outflowing from Mammoth Cave into the River, and camped in the back country on sand bars. Besides spectacular photos, the presentation will discuss planning and safety.
In the summer of 2020, Roger Pihlaja and his two sons and brother-in-law paddled west to east thru the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The trip took three days, camping in the back country. Besides spectacular photos, the presentation will discuss weather, planning, and safety.