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The Final Float! Canoeing the Rio Grande, New Mexico

“We will be nearly finished, I think, when we stop understanding the old pull towards green things and living things, toward dirt and rain and heat and what they spawn.” — John Graves State #50/50: Caught between seasons, my Dad, … Continue reading

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The River Mutes the World: Canoeing the Gunnison, Colorado

(State #49/50) I spent May and early June trying to shake a raw Northeastern spring. Finally, somewhere in Connecticut, I found summer. For months after, long warm days only proceeded more of the same. Then September arrived. Lingering rains soon … Continue reading

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Down in Glen Canyon: Canoeing the Colorado River, Arizona

(State #47/50) Night approaches down at the bottom of Glen Canyon. The moon sets to the south, paralleling the opposing canyon wall, absorbing all the light as the land around darkens. Growing brighter and brighter until beaming white, the quarter … Continue reading

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The Failed Hunt for Bernie : Canoeing Grout Pond, Vermont

(State #21/50) My original intentions were to locate, convince and canoe around with Bernie Sanders. As Vermont is small in size and population, I tacked on another 45 minutes to my schedule to accomplish this goal. Yet, after an hour of … 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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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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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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