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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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First Solo Canoe! Ouachita River, Arkansas

(State #3/50) I was set on canoeing my first two states back to back. In the late afternoon, I said goodbye to Shane in Oklahoma and headed towards Arkansas. The sun came out as I drove over swollen creeks and rivers, … Continue reading

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Canoeing the Brazos River, Texas: John Graves Section!

(State #1/50) The Brazos is my Texas River. It doesn’t cut magnificent canyons like the Rio Grande or draw throngs of beer-soaked college kids like the Guadalupe. No, the Brazos runs wide and brown through the heart of Texas, attracting little … Continue reading

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