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

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

Remembering Levon Helm

Levon Helm passed away last Thursday at age 71.I have only become familiar with his music in the past few years. I'm sad that we've lost his musical gifts and regret that I never had a chance to see him perform. Others have already written eloquent tributes (such as this one), so let me just

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:56+00:00 April 24th, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Lingering at the Crossroads

If you've never listened to the show Radiolab, now is a good time to start. Most of their shows focus on emerging topics in science, which may sound dry, but they present their topics with very engaging storytelling. The most recent episode is a great example of this. Robert Johnson is a legendary, nearly mythical

By | 2016-10-21T15:28:57+00:00 April 22nd, 2012|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

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