My First Visit from Friends

Bellevue, Iowa August 29, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Today was a special day because my dear friends, Steve and Barbara Harris, visited me in Bellevue. I enjoyed a quick trip from Dubuque to Bellevue and arrived at Lock & Dam No. 12 at 2:50pm. In Dubuque, I exited Wisconsin and entered Illinois. Iowa is […]


Back in the Washing Machine

Dubuque, Iowa August 28, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I feel like I went from the best paddling day of the trip to the worst paddling day of the trip. The journey from Sandy Bottoms-Up Campground to Dubuque was a nightmare. Even with the wind at my back, the waves were relentless and, at times, […]


Emergency Medical Procedure

Sandy Bottoms-Up Campground Cassville, Wisconsin August 27, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Except for my medical emergency, this was a fabulous day. I departed Marquette at 8:30am. The elements were kind to me. The wind was at my back and the current was swift. I passed the Arlyce Randall tow, which was headed downstream, but […]


Snug Like a Bug in the Rug

Marquette, Iowa August 27, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: What I love most about this trip is that every day presents a new challenge. Here is yesterday’s challenge. My last report ended with my stealth camp at Heytmen’s Landing, Iowa. The weather report called for an 80% chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms throughout the […]


Last Days in Minnesota

Haytmen Landing, Iowa August 25, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On August 24 , I was back on the River at 2pm, paddling into stiff headwinds. The wind and heavy weekend River traffic put me in some very turbulent waters, with four foot swells, whitecaps and tricky cross currents. I felt like I was in the fast […]


Welcome Distraction and Delay

La Crosse, Wisconsin August 24, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I power all my personal devices (i-Phone, Go Pro, camera) with solar power. I have a Goal Zero solar panel, which I strap to the front of my canoe, and a Goal Zero Sherpa power pack, which charges from the solar panel. I then charge […]


Dog Days of Summer

Dakota, Minnesota August 22, 2019 Dear Friends & Family: Not much to report, so I’ll keep this short. On August 21, I paddled 30 miles from Wabasha to Fountain City, Wisconsin. I passed through two locks with no wait. The River was calm, which made the paddling a little easier. The River is lined with […]


Wabasha: Minnesota Friendly

Wabasha, Minnesota August 20, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Four vehicles arrive at a four-way stop sign simultaneously. Each one wants to yield to the other. This is known as the “Minnesota Standoff.” I decided to get a late start out of Wabasha so I could purchase some supplies and organize my gear. Good thing. At […]


Into the Land of Tugs and Locks

Wabasha, Minnesota August 20, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: “I don’t think I’m in Kansas anymore.” On August 17, Theo picked me up at MMC at 9am, and I was on the water just below the the St. Anthony Dam at 10am. No more portaging around dams for the rest of the trip. The weekend […]


From the Worst of Days to the Best of Days

Minneapolis, Minnesota August 16, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Following my midnight encounter with the kind Anoka police officer, I woke up to a bright new day at 6am on August 15. The day immediately turned sour. While disassembling my tent, I broke a tent pole. Now I have no functioning tent. Then, I opened […]