Monthly Archives: May 2017

Night Canoeing with Ben: French Broad, North Carolina

(State #11/50) Ben surprised me when he said he could join me in North Carolina for a Wednesday evening float. Not only does he have a wife and two young kids, but he’s also in the Air Force — an … Continue reading

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Big Little Rapids: Canoeing the Little River, Tennessee

(State # 10/50) Georgia burned, South Carolina was underwater and Tennessee didn’t have enough water. Well, at least where I wanted to canoe. I spent hours hunting for a new target and decided on the Little River near the Smokey … Continue reading

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Goodbye GoPro: Canoeing Wambaw Creek, South Carolina

(State #9/50) While Southern Georgia burned, Central South Carolina flooded. In back to back states, weather extremes from opposite ends of the spectrum altered my plans. Driving out of Charleston in the late afternoon, I called Congaree National Park. “I’d … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart: Canoeing the Saint Mary’s River, Georgia

(State #8/50) The swamp burns; the long drought has ceded to wildfire. My plan was to canoe deep into the Okefenokee Nation Wildlife Refuge — a vast wetland wilderness in Southeast Georgia, which I’ve always wanted to see. A lightning … Continue reading

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Everglades #2: A Canoe on Florida Bay

(State #7/50) I wanted to canoe along Florida Bay and camp on a beach for my Everglades canoe. The wind and sea had other ideas. On Saturday morning, after a long night filled with wind, rain and mosquitoes, I sat … Continue reading

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Hell’s Bay Canoe Trail: The Everglades Mangrove Maze

(State #7/50) Florida, for most kids, means Disney World. Florida, for most adults, means Miami, Key West or any number of white sand beaches. Florida, for me, has always meant the Everglades. So, there was no question where I was … Continue reading

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