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

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 | 2016-10-21T15:28:17+00:00 September 9th, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Paddling Lessons

Mississippi River in the Headwaters region I’ve been lucky enough to take a couple of 2-day canoe trips on the Mississippi River this year. In April, I paddled with the Quapaw Canoe Company and River Sage John Ruskey near Baton Rouge. In August I paddled solo for 39 miles in the Headwaters Region

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:17+00:00 September 2nd, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Paddlers, Peddlers, Artists, and More

It seems that the Mississippi only makes it in the news when it’s flooding or something happens that slows down barges. You can be forgiven if you think the Mississippi today is little more than a taxpayer-funded shipping canal hidden behind levees. I was reminded of this after a recent 11-day trip along the Upper

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:17+00:00 August 24th, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|1 Comment

Support Nature Tourism on the Mississippi River

The Quapaws on the river You may not have noticed, but there is a growing interest in nature tourism on the Mississippi River. I'm spent most of my time in the past few years along the northern half of the Mississippi, so I'm pretty familiar with the opportunities for nature tourism in those

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:21+00:00 March 11th, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Langston Hughes (1936) Here's a treat I want to share today. NPR and Codeswitch asked artist Afua Richardson to create a piece to illustrate a favorite work of art. She chose to illustrate the Langston Hughes poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers. You can see what she created here. But wait, there's more! Open

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:21+00:00 February 25th, 2014|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

A Resounding Yes for the Okee Dokee Brothers

Okee Dokee Brothers Congratulations to the Okee Dokee Brothers (aka Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing), who won a Grammy Award on Sunday for Best Children’s Album. In the summer of 2011, the Minneapolis-based duo spent a month canoeing down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to St. Louis, using the trip as inspiration

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:39+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments