Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mile 258

After another long, wet, cold day on the river I’m nestled up on a muddy little island in the shadow of a massive coal fired plant.  Across the banks, next to the plant, are the remains of a town the … Continue reading

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Day 4 and 5–South out of Wheeling.

Two mornings ago when I paddled out of Wheeling the air temperature was finally starting to head up above the water temp, new friends had helped me launch, and more had already offered safe harbors downstream (thanks to the morning … Continue reading

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Some local press and support.

Thanks to folks in Wheeling and Pittsburgh for helping get the word out on the paddle. In Pittsburgh. In Wheeling. Thanks for following along.

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South to Wheeling.

Day 3–Ohio River, Mile 46 to 90. Woke up in camp to a clear blue sky, sunshine, and bitter cold. Frost covered everything. I made a quick breakfast and loaded the boat to get warmed up and underway. Fortunately, the … Continue reading

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North from Pittsburgh, through cold and coal.

Day 2–Monongahela River, Mile 2.5 to 0.  Ohio River, Mile 0 to 46. Said goodbye to Ned, the lovely Miss Amy, and our fiend Geena about 930 this morning.  The sun was shining over the city skyline trying hard to … Continue reading

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World Water Day: Into the Monongahela River.

Yesterday was World Water Day—a day created to recognize the importance of fresh water. Something our culture places too little value on until it’s gone, sold, or poisoned. Yesterday morning I began my paddle to the gulf in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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Energy Sacrifices: The Dangers of Nuclear and Coal plants in the Ohio River Valley.

With the nuclear disaster following last week’s earthquake and tsunami continuing to poison the people, air, water, farmland, and cities of northern Japan–we have been presented with a tragic reminder of the dangers of our energy dependence. In 1979–not long … Continue reading

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Coal smoke over the Ohio River.

On December 2, 1875 Nathaniel H. Bishop launched a small boat into the Monongahela (Mon) River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After several hours the Mon joined the ice covered Allegheny and the two rivers below his “sneakbox” the Centennial Republic became … Continue reading

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