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
Rice Creek running north of the Twin Cities and flowing into the Mississippi beyond Locke Lake had been on our to-do list for a long time. The modest waterway arises in the Centerville Lakes marshes, skirts the terminal moraine of the Arden Hills, and takes a meandering course across the Anoka Sandplain, before spilling into … More Rice Creek: urban oasis
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
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
Summer passes quickly. At August’s end, Tom and I regret not spending time camping when the days are warm and long and we can linger outside the tent until mosquitoes become intolerable. So on a holiday weekend, we headed with friends to a nearby river, the Namekagon, for a 24 hour trip down one of … More Abundant with Sturgeons
The muck, dear Readers, has a fancy name: Bentonite clay. The Little Missouri River’s turbidity, mentioned in my previous blog, is caused by the suspension of fine clay particles. The river’s flow is due almost entirely to precipitation and water levels quickly drop after a rain. When it recedes, the clay is deposited on the … More Heroes with Clay Feet?
The Little Missouri River had been on Tom’s bucket list for years. Arising near Devil’s Tower in eastern Wyoming, the river flows north through western North Dakota, carving out the badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, before joining with the larger Missouri River northeast of the park. The Little Missouri’s flow is largely dependent on … More South of Williston