Category Archives: The Ohio 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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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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Dangerous silt left behind as the 2011 Ohio and Mississippi floods recede.

With strong western winds came sunshine. The last of the season’s snow had melted and those along the shore prepared for spring. Chainsaws cleared driftwood from the shoreline. The smell of burning wood and fresh manure wafted out onto the … Continue reading

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Paused by floodwaters on the lower Ohio River. Ledbetter, KY–Mile 931.

Reflections on my first stormy night back in Pittsburgh. May 5, 2011 Ankle-deep alfalfa crushed beneath my boots and parted as I pulled my boat out of the muddy water. The scent of manure, trampled vegetation, and water hung in … Continue reading

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Flooding along the lower Ohio River–2011

Still, silent, and brown the river spread out across the horizon.  It hung over rooftops and roadways–swirled around young green leaves on tress normally 30 feet above the surface.  The hum of twin outboard engines resounded in the distance. The … Continue reading

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Inspecting the levee.

Late last night I walked a drainage ditch with my headlamp inspecting areas where water from the Ohio was boiling slowly into town.  Overhead stars shone brightly, and the cool north wind blew dust off the levee and moist air … Continue reading

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Broken tow on the Ohio river.

Just after mile marker six on the Ohio River is the Emsworth lock and dam, the first dam downriver boaters encounter after leaving Pittsburgh.  I locked through it on a sunny, bitter cold morning a month ago and traded river … Continue reading

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Spring floods at mile 842.

I pulled off the river again Friday night.  Rain clouds moved north and have settled over western Kentucky and Illinois.  Four to eight inches of rain fell in the last 48 hours and more is expected between now and Wednesday … Continue reading

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One year after the BP spill.

Earlier this week I made my way into Grandview, IN.  I had planned on pushing further downstream, but 15 foot waves and heavy winds forced me to paddle out into flooded corn fields before seeking shelter in town. While the … Continue reading

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