The Home River

Our children wanted to do right by their dad on Father’s Day, but other activities pressed on their schedule. Two of them had run the half-marathon in Duluth the day before; one needed to study for a professional exam. In the end, they decided on a quick trip down a portion of the St. Croix, … More The Home River

Due South

From the Rush City Ferry Landing to the Sunrise Landing ten miles downriver, the St. Croix threads a straight course due south. This Fourth of July our party of four took two canoes and embarked on that trip. Tom and I had just come off the Namekagon, and though that river, and its compatriot tributary, … More Due South

Two sizes too small

On summer’s busiest weekend, we searched for campsites on the Namekagon River. Mostly daytrippers floated from Whispering Pines landing to Riverside. We weren’t worried. Yet, as 5 o’clock approached, we passed site after site occupied by tents, canoes and campers. Our men wielding paddles kept optimistic; one, incurably buoyant, called out, “Four sites in the … More Two sizes too small