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
Here is the latter-day Julia Childs serving up breakfast on her portable (and portageable) kitchen counter. Flipping the canoe and using its flat, broad base as a countertop solves the campsite problem of organizing and producing a meal in timely fashion. This photo was taken on a trip down the Marias River, a tributary of … More A Kitchen Counter
One of the keenest pleasures of camping is being domestic– making a home in the great outdoors. Few aromas create domesticity more than the scent of coffee, promising you’ll soon be cradling a hot cup in your cold-morning hands. Our coffee pot is pictured above. It’s busy doing its job, boiling water and pushing it … More Teaching old dogs new tricks
Most folks traveling to the North Shore know the St. Louis River as a rocky, boisterous waterway, plunging over boulders and ledges, flowing under Interstate 35 on its way to Lake Superior. This lower portion is protected by Jay Cooke State Park. But the upper St. Louis winds its way through meadows and bogs, northwest … More Threatening Eden: the upper St. Louis River
The Bayfield Peninsula’s Sea Caves, a.k.a. the Ice Caves, had their 15 minutes of fame two winters ago when over 120,000 people, bundled up to resemble stuffed penguins, trundled out to see icicles dripping from eroded sandstone cavities. We, too, made the pilgrimage to Cornucopia, Wisconsin, as much to see what twenty thousand people on … More The Sea Caves’ Hollow Beauty
The source of Minnehaha Creek, the slender sapphire thread that winds its way through Minneapolis, is Lake Minnetonka. The first photo is taken at the landing on the creek as it exits Minnetonka’s Gray’s Bay. A dam at the outlet controls the lake’s water level. Tom and I have canoed the creek’s lower reaches to … More In the beginning…Minnehaha Creek