Active Commutes Slideshow

Active Commutes Slideshow

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La Crosse, Wisconsin teacher and musician Judson Steinback paddles a canoe more than four miles each way to work at Three Rivers Waldorf School. It's a peaceful trip—though demanding, so he only does it once a week, weather permitting—that takes him from his home on the Isle la Plume Slough to the main channel of the Mississippi River and then a short ways up the Black River. The 31-year-old Steinback, who's been canoeing since he was a boy and racing for the past eight years or so, keeps it simple, with all of his gear—save for a lifejacket, paddle, water shoes and safety lights—stuffed into a single dry bag.

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