Vicksburg-Part 2

Vicksburg, Mississippi October 20, 2019Dear Family & Friends: In the Civil War, one of the Union military strategies was to take control of the entire Mississippi River, thus splitting the Confederacy in half and cutting off supply routes. In order to accomplish this goal, Vicksburg, Mississippi had to be captured. Vicksburg sits on a high […]


Vicksburg-Part 1

Vicksburg, Mississippi October 18, 2019 I woke up on October 17 to a cloudy, but rainless, sky. I departed at 8:30 am and arrived in Vicksburg at 1 pm. Jill Upton greeted me at the waterfront. Jill is a retired physical education teacher and has a doctorate in Exercise Science. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi and has been […]


Weather, Weather, Weather

Somewhere on the Mississippi bank of the River October 16, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On October 14, Ed took me back down the River to my canoe about 8 miles south of his home. I made good progress down the River in near perfect conditions. I’m guessing I travelled over 40 miles from Ed’s […]


Post Script to Southern Hospitality

Before I departed from Ed’s home, we checked the weather reports carefully. It was cloudy, but the reports showed that I was at the tail end of the front. I was back on the River at noon in a light rain. Sure enough, the front spotted me departing and made a U-turn. Within one hour, I was […]


Southern Hospitality

Somewhere in Mississippi across the River from Arkansas City, Arkansas October 13, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: October 12 was the bluebird weather day I had dreamed about over the last week. Sunny skies. Cool temps. No wind. Fast current. Few towboats and almost no wing dams.  I felt like I was flying down the Big […]


Good Fortune

Rosedale, Mississippi October 12, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Good fortune also plays a role in extreme adventure. The predicted thunderstorm never materialized so I pushed off into the River at 10am on October 11. One hour later, the thunderstorm showed up right on cue to end my day on the River. The heavy rain was accompanied by […]



Somewhere 5 Miles North of Rosedale, Mississippi October 11, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Each day brings a new challenge, some challenges much greater than others. Determination and resourcefulness are necessary. I am currently 150 miles south of Memphis. The trip from Memphis was pretty uneventful. Here are the two most exciting things that happened. […]


Family Reunion at the Home of the Blues

(for those of you who have been having trouble registering your email on my blog, the problem has been fixed. If you register your email in the right section of this page, you will receive an alert when I post a report on my blog) Memphis, Tennessee October 7,  2019 Dear Family & Friends: I […]


Memphis Bound

A Sandbar Near Memphis, Tennessee September 30, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I took a zero day in Caruthersville on September 27 in order to resupply and  purchase a new iPhone. From Caruthersville, I paddled to an island about 32 miles downstream. On September 29, I arrived in Osceola, Arkansas where I met Jimbo, Christy […]


Epic Day on the Big Muddy-Part 2

Caruthersville, Missouri September 27, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: After capsizing, I invoked the  emergency plan I devised long ago from my high altitude mountaineering experiences: stay calm, carefully evaluate options, pray and trust in the Lord. Here was my dilemma. I had 1-1/2 hours of daylight left, and no idea how far it was […]