Monthly Archives: August 2017

Brothers of the Boundary Waters: Canoeing Minnesota

(State #34/50) Shane and I laid in the tent at 7 a.m., trying to sleep through the passing roar of eighteen-wheelers — turns out the country road we had pitched by wasn’t as lonely as I had hoped. We heard … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Wilderness: Canoeing The Flambeau River with my Pa

(State #33/50) My Mother stood, looking impatient and swatting mosquitoes, as I lugged free-ranging laundry from my car and into her rental. In my backseat, I piled junk onto the adjacent seat and crammed some trash under that pile. Then … Continue reading

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On the Shores of Gitche Gumee: Canoeing Lake Superior, Upper Michigan

(State #32/50) I wanted to canoe Lake Superior… easier declared than done as the body of water acts more like an ocean than a lake; its storms whip deadly cold waters into swells, which have destroyed vessels much larger than … Continue reading

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Corn Diplomacy & Russian Ties: Canoeing the Middle Raccoon River, Iowa

(State #31/50) Somehow, Iowa intrigued me. I’m not sure why, either. Other than the people in Southern Louisiana accusing the state of sending them their pollution (See Louisiana Post), I knew very little about Iowa. My collective knowledge of this Middle … Continue reading

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A Graveyard, a Muddy River and a Funeral: Canoeing the Neosho, Kansas

(State #30/50) There’s no sugarcoating it — the Neosho River isn’t attractive; the fine folk of Kansas were quick to tell me as much. “You’re going to canoe there?” A man at a gas pump asked as he stroked his … Continue reading

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The Maniac in Missouri: Canoeing the Current River (Part II )

(State #29/50) “I’m writing a book on the whole thing.” Josh told us with his perpetual smile. “He doesn’t know it, but he’s one of the main characters.” From hence forth, I will refer to this man — the subject … Continue reading

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Taylor’s First Canoe Tour: Current River, Missouri (Part I)

(State #29/50) We stood peering over the edge. My best friends and I — all skinny and largely void of chest hair — stared down at the river below. From 50+ feet the Current River looked like a stream of … Continue reading

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