My semi-regular blog documenting the fun and excitement of traveling along the Mississippi River.

Remembering Bill Marshall

Bill Marshall was a generous and gracious man. We sat down for an interview in 2011.

By | July 25th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|2 Comments

Recycling Hope

It feels like the world has been full of nothing but bad news lately, but, as often happens around the Mississippi, just wait a bit and something will come along to lift your spirits. That was the case this week, when a crew of six explorers/activists floated into Alton on some trash from New York.

By | July 16th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Delayed Gratification

When I first started exploring the places along the Mississippi River, I did a lot of driving. When I’d get to a new community, I’d look for the good places to be near or on the river, so I could pass those tips along to other travelers, then I’d pack my car and drive to

By | September 6th, 2015|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Minnesota’s Iron Range Podcast

Hull Rust Mahoning Mine; Hibbing, Minnesota I was lucky enough to spend much of the summer of 2011 in northern Minnesota, getting to know the region where the Mississippi begins. Of all the places I went, there were few that grabbed my attention more so than the Iron Range. The unforgiving climate and

By | July 26th, 2015|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

A New Direction: Mississippi River Fiction

I began writing about the Mississippi Valley in January 2007. Since that time, I’ve worn out a car, hiked up a few dozen bluffs (and stumbled down a couple). I’ve canoed with the Quapaws into Baton Rouge and with Big Muddy Mike under a full moon. I’ve written three books and given a lot of

By | December 3rd, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|1 Comment

Forward Mississippi

Sometimes we need to remind people that there’s a river near them. Sure, we may kinda remember something about a river that we think runs near us, but most of us don’t get to that river very often and we sure don’t know a lot about it. That’s why we need those reminders. Enter Wild

By | September 9th, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments