Tag Archives: Great Plains

The Niobrara of Nebraska: A Canoe with Uncle Russell

(State #37/50) To be honest, no one expects much nature from Nebraska. Like many states, it isn’t that its undersold, it’s that Nebraskan wilderness isn’t sold at all… Now, I wonder why. My Uncle Russell and I drove in a … Continue reading

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Canoeing* the Cheyenne, South Dakota with Cousin Thomas

(State #36/50) Walking the canoe into a pool of muddy water, my cousin, Thomas, turned around. “Should we try?” he asked. I nodded and we hopped back in the boat. We paddled forward for about ten feet and then ran … Continue reading

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The Great Storm: Canoeing the Sheyenne River, North Dakota

(State #35/50) I stood on a boat dock, South of Fargo, with the July sun beating down. Ty, the reporter for WDAY, asked questions while JR, the camera man, filmed. I intended to be thoughtful with my answers. Inevitably, however, … Continue reading

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Corn Diplomacy & Russian Ties: Canoeing the Middle Raccoon River, Iowa

(State #31/50) Somehow, Iowa intrigued me. I’m not sure why, either. Other than the people in Southern Louisiana accusing the state of sending them their pollution (See Louisiana Post), I knew very little about Iowa. My collective knowledge of this Middle … Continue reading

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A Graveyard, a Muddy River and a Funeral: Canoeing the Neosho, Kansas

(State #30/50) There’s no sugarcoating it — the Neosho River isn’t attractive; the fine folk of Kansas were quick to tell me as much. “You’re going to canoe there?” A man at a gas pump asked as he stroked his … Continue reading

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