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A Great Basin Canoe: Pyramid Lake, Nevada

(State #44/50) Nevada fascinates me and little of that fascination stems from the bright light gluttony and celebrated debauchery of Las Vegas. For me, the appeal is in the landscape. Looking at a topographical map, you’ll notice the state’s terrain … Continue reading

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Canoeing the Oregon Coastline: The Salmon River Estuary

(State #43/50) All apologies to California, Maine and Florida: The Oregon coast is my favorite. I love the abrupt transition as the steep pine ridges of the Coastal Range plunge into the Pacific. I love the huge rocks that sit … Continue reading

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The One Eared Bear: Canoeing the White River to Lake Wenatchee, Washington

(State #42/50) I sat on a lifejacket at camp with a tent at my back and a milky blue river rounding the sandbar before me. The sky was gray and light flakes fell upon my keyboard as I typed. At … Continue reading

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Here’s to Alaska! Canoeing the Chatanika with Cousin Mindy

(State #41/50) I woke up in an empty terminal, surprised to feel rested. I’ve tried before, with little success, to sleep in airports. Typically, there’s a frequent, booming robotic voice saying “Welcome to…” and reiterating why it’s a bad idea … Continue reading

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Fiordland of Idaho: Canoeing Lake Pend Oreille

(State #40/50) “Who knew Idaho could look so good?” my friend Lawrence remarked in response to a picture. He wasn’t alone with this reaction. “That’s so much prettier than I would have thought for Idaho,” another friend said of a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Smoke Show: Canoeing Glacier NP, Montana

(State #39/50) Sitting on a peninsula no larger than a tennis court, I watched gentle waves lap against the colorful, flat, stones of the shore. In both directions, a smooth, long lake filled the bottom of a u-shaped valley. Peaks … Continue reading

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Yellowstone with Taylor: Canoeing Lake Shoshone, Wyoming

(State #38/50) Right after I told her my Canoe 50 plans, Taylor claimed Wyoming. Visiting the Grand Tetons, as she explained, was on her bucket list. So was seeing a wild moose — something I assured her, with the utmost … Continue reading

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