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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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Summer, Finally: A Connecticut Canoe on the Housatonic

(State #23/50) I sat down on a bench near the covered bridge along the river, waiting for the sun to come out. I pulled out my laptop to write and, lo, the sun broke through the gray ceiling! Then, on … Continue reading

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Tippy Canoe and Trevor Too: Canoeing the Deerfield River, Massachusetts

(State #18/50) The day: sunny and warm. The water: clear and sparkling. The mountains lining the valley: a patchwork of green. As for Trevor and I… we were both nervous and excited. Well, maybe just nervous. We had arrived in the … 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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Big Little Rapids: Canoeing the Little River, Tennessee

(State # 10/50) Georgia burned, South Carolina was underwater and Tennessee didn’t have enough water. Well, at least where I wanted to canoe. I spent hours hunting for a new target and decided on the Little River near the Smokey … 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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