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Brothers of the Boundary Waters: Canoeing Minnesota

(State #34/50) Shane and I laid in the tent at 7 a.m., trying to sleep through the passing roar of eighteen-wheelers — turns out the country road we had pitched by wasn’t as lonely as I had hoped. We heard … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Wilderness: Canoeing The Flambeau River with my Pa

(State #33/50) My Mother stood, looking impatient and swatting mosquitoes, as I lugged free-ranging laundry from my car and into her rental. In my backseat, I piled junk onto the adjacent seat and crammed some trash under that pile. Then … Continue reading

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On the Shores of Gitche Gumee: Canoeing Lake Superior, Upper Michigan

(State #32/50) I wanted to canoe Lake Superior… easier declared than done as the body of water acts more like an ocean than a lake; its storms whip deadly cold waters into swells, which have destroyed vessels much larger than … Continue reading

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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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Beavers, Mosquitoes, Moose Oh My: Canoeing Elbow Pond, New Hampshire

(State #20/50) The day started rough; I woke up next to a busy blacktop road in Maine on a drizzly and bug ridden morning. Breaking ‘camp,’ I didn’t bother to stow the tent properly as it was sopping wet and … 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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Hell’s Bay Canoe Trail: The Everglades Mangrove Maze

(State #7/50) Florida, for most kids, means Disney World. Florida, for most adults, means Miami, Key West or any number of white sand beaches. Florida, for me, has always meant the Everglades. So, there was no question where I was … Continue reading

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