Kansan fights for life as riptide takes him, waves capsize kayak at Gulf of Mexico fishing tournament
Two northeast Kansas anglers gained a newfound respect for the power of nature this fall during a pair of saltwater kayak fishing tournaments in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ozawkie resident’s ‘$4,000 fish’ wins wild kayak fishing tournament at Gulf of Mexico following hurricane
Ozawkie residents Isaac Jaap, 35, and Cody Simecka, 36, took off on the journey of a lifetime earlier this fall, a 12-day fishing trip spanning more than 3,000 miles that included a pair of saltwater kayak fishing tournaments.
One family in Houston has found a way to share a moment of levity despite the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
With flood waters standing about calf-high in the family’s home, a shirtless man can be seen in several Facebook videos chasing and eventually catching a fish in the living room.
The videos were posted at 1:49 a.m. Sunday by Viviana Saldana with the caption: “Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?”
I try not to get too political on this website. Everyone should enjoy the outdoors regardless of political affiliation, so I don't want to scare people away. However, when I read that Republicans in Congress are taking a stance that they will not hand out federal disaster relief money anymore to states who desperately need it, I became furious.
How can you NOT provide relief to Americans who have lost everything in natural disasters? I do not understand it. Places who have been completely devastated by tornadoes, such as Reading, KS, or Joplin, MO, or that have been hammered by hurricanes such as Irene, are dependant on federal relief to not only rebuild their cities, they need it to survive. How much worse would the Hurricane Katrina disaster have been without federal relief in the form of food and water? But what makes matters even worse for them is that FEMA is now demanding that Katrina victims pay back more than $600 million.
The most infuriating part of this GOP position is the hypocrisy. Look at GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the "front runner" according to most media outlets even though they largely ignore candidates such as Ron Paul. This clip was taken from a June 2011 debate, directly following the horrible tornadoes in Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi.
His staunch stance on federal disaster relief is even more ridiculous considering he himself asked for federal disaster relief in 2005... because of algae. That's right, as Governor of Massachusetts he wrote a letter requesting federal monetary assistance for the shellfish industry after a strain of red tide algae hit New England's coastal area. He declares a state of emergency over something as small as algae, yet six years later when people are losing entire cities to natural disasters, he says federal aid is "immoral." Excuse me?
Congress needs to get its act together, and we as Americans should not tolerate this type of disregard of our fellow American. Regardless of your political affiliation or views, make your opinions known to those who represent you in the House and Senate. Don't let them forget those who are in need. They could be your brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, parents... or even yourself. You never know when and where the next natural disaster will hit.
If you don't speak your mind, somebody else will.
On July 24, 2011, I decided to go storm chasing after I heard from my friend Mike Goehring of OriginalPro Films that the lightning coming our way was supposed to be awesome. I headed out with my camera and camcorder and started driving out to North Topeka because the radar showed the storm to be more intense in the northern part of the storm. The result was some great video clips of lightning and some decent photos, although the majority of the lightning I caught on my camera was hidden behind the clouds and didn't show up as well as I would have liked.
One of my favorite activities involving a camera is taking pictures of severe weather, particularly lightning. While it is certainly not the safest subject for photography, it is one of the most fascinating. People are captivated by storms, whether they are afraid of the power they have or intrigued by them, we all are drawn to images of severe weather. If you are interested in taking photos of lightning, as well, I have a few tips for settings.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.