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A Southern Swamp in Illinois: Canoeing the Cache River

(State #28/50) “Oh, we’re much more ecologically diverse than Southern Indiana.” A ranger from the Shawnee NF in Illinois told me. Suspicious of this claim, I pressed a bit. “Oh really? Says the ranger from Illinois.” She laughed. “No, I’m … 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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Yellow River, White Sand and Baby Gator: A Canoe in Southern Alabama

(State #6/50) I got a late start on the Yellow River. Pulling off the road, I drove beneath the CR 4 bridge early in the evening. There was scattered evidence of, presumably, teenage partying — beer cans, cigarette packages, 40 … Continue reading

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Canoeing the Man-Eating Swamp: Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

(State #4/50) “You know what Attakapas means right?” a man asked over the phone. “No, what?” I answer. “It means Man-eater in Indian,” the man said. “Cool!” I said because, well, I say whatever dumb thing comes to mind in … Continue reading

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Bolts and Buckets: Canoeing the Lower Mountain Fork to Little River, Oklahoma… in a Thunderstorm

(State #2/50) The forecasters called for storms and the Oklahoma skies obliged. Maybe it was retribution for all the jokes I’ve made at the state’s expense or maybe because I decided to begin my trip in mid-April — thunderstorm season … Continue reading

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