Category Archives: Canoeing the South

Stories of my paddles in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

A Jumping Rock, a Drunk and a Red River Gorge: Canoeing Kentucky

“I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.” — Daniel Boone (State #26/50) The Red River was yellow — a muddy tan to be precise. It reminded me of that scene in the … Continue reading

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Cold with a Chance of Snakes and a Shotgun: Canoeing the Cowpasture River, Virginia

(State #13/50) The river was well named — it was a dale flanked by pasturelands of mooing cows, farmhouses and forest covered mountains. Pinewoods and sheer rock cliffs existed where there weren’t fields. The Indians named it Walatoola originally, meaning … Continue reading

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Almost Winter, West Virginia: Canoeing the Greenbrier River

(State #12/50) I was outpacing summer. Sure, I accomplished my goal of clearing the Deep South before it got too damn hot and bug-ridden. But, heading north into the mountains of West Virginia with my cousin Wesley, the 5th of … Continue reading

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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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