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Member Profile

Each month we feature a personal profile of one HCC member.  And this month is...

Michael Portman

  Durant, Oklahoma

Age?  67

Marital status?  Single

  Four 30-something children; 3 boys, one daughter. 7 "grands" and counting. One more due in July '14.

  Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo
Caddo Lake     Colorado    San Juan

What other hobbies do you have? 
  Bicycle, tandem bicycle, mountain biking, camping, fishing, birding, sailing.

How did you get started canoeing?
  BSA-Boy Scouts of America

How many years of paddling experience do you have?

What boats do you now own? 
  2 canoes, 2 kayaks and a sailboat.

What is your favorite place to paddle? 
  Utley Crossing to Bastrop... overnighting on Boy Scout Island (the old Freeze Trip location)
Brazos    Nueces     Illinois

Do you prefer a canoe or a kayak? 

Do you use a single blade or double blade paddle? 
  Single blade.

What do you like most about the sport? 
  The quiet; connecting with nature.

What do you like least about the sport? 
  Whitecaps and the wind in your face!

What is an important safety tip? 
  ALWAYS wear your PFD.
San Juan    Colorado     Duck blind    With son 

Why do you paddle? 
  When you are paddling a river, you are in your own world.

If you could do a fantasy tandem paddle with anyone you wish, with whom would it be?
  My girlfriend, Cora Jane, on the Yukon River.

What was your worst moment ever?
  Watching two novice paddlers' boat get swept under a logjam strainer in the Yukon.

What was your best moment ever in a canoe?
   Listening to the loons in the Boundary Waters... no, seeing a bear swim across the river in front of us on the Yukon... no, fishing for smallmouth bass on the Guadalupe.

Anything else you would like to say?