Category Archives: The Lower Mississippi River

At the end of a year.

The mid day sun, alone in the sky for most of the morning, is slowly being overtaken by the broken white clouds of a mackerel sky. The tide is way out and though there has been some rain the creek … Continue reading

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The river kept going.

Before I left Maine this summer I picked up a collection of poetry by Don West titled O Mountaineers!  In it I found this tribute to the river and those men and women who live, work, hunt, fish, love, breath, … Continue reading

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Mile 437. Vicksburg, Mississippi.

cold air is back, promising a tailwind as we leave the hospitality of our new friends, and the shelter of our temporary home aboard the Sweet Olive-the town’s river tour boat- here in Vicksburg. The river is finally on the … Continue reading

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Washed up with old friends. Mile 580.

My straw hat just went airborne.  Hit the beach and started rolling.  I darted after it. Pinning it to the sand a few hundred feet away.  Forty mile per hour gusts. Highs in the 80’s.  For four days.  It’s times … Continue reading

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Sandy Reflections at Mile 591.

First there is the sound of metal on metal. The spork’s titanium scratches across the steel bowl. An arm raises and soup is transferred from bowl to mouth. Yum. Warm and spicy. Then the inescapable crunches that come with dinner … Continue reading

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Leaving Memphis.

City after city I see people who want to work their soils, taste clear water, own their lives, and share with each other.  Memphis is no different.  It’s sprouting down here at the edge of the delta, may it grow … Continue reading

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blue channel cat. Mile 751.

When we stopped it was warm enough for me take my first swim in the river’s icy waters. Washing ten days of river off me and back into the Mississippi. It was warm enough to send fishermen out onto the … Continue reading

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Onto the Lower Mississippi.

Not far from the flooded field I took off the river on May 5th I relaunched the Out of Eden into the blue waters of the Tennessee River.  As I drifted away from Paducah  the Ohio’s muddy waters slowly mixed … Continue reading

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Returning to the River.

On March 25 I floated onto the Ohio River and left the Pittsburgh skyline behind. The ground was frozen.  The air was crisp.  The river frigid.  And I was damn cold. The ice that covered my drysuit and paddle had … Continue reading

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Coal and Climate.

Today brave activists in Chicago have blocked coal barges and scaled smoke stacks to force Midwest Generation to bring cleaner air to the region.  Good luck and be safe.  Ya’ll are awesome. Also Bill McKibben “cautions” against drawing conclusions between … Continue reading

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