I am canoeing enthusiast who enjoys extended trips down (and sometimes up) our nation’s streams, rivers, and inland waterways. My excursions started in 1998 and centered primarily in Wisconsin. My initial interest was following the paths of our early explorers and voyageurs on their historic routes from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi. I wandered from Wisconsin and started paddling other "state-named" rivers flowing to the Mississippi including the Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers. In 2012-2013 I paddled the length of the Mississippi then returned to Wisconsin in 2014 to paddle waters on southern Wisconsin on an extended trip starting at the historic portage route separating the Wisconsin from the Fox River at Portage, Wisconsin. I’ve stayed close to home the past several years and wet my paddle and pole on rivers, backwaters and marshes in the Driftless area around La Crosse, Wisconsin, my hometown.
I am a retired water quality specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and most of my career focused on monitoring and protecting rivers, especially the Mississippi. My extended canoe trips down and sometimes up rivers and waterways provided an opportunity to study rivers up close from the seat of my canoe. My long canoe trips may not sound like a leisurely activity to some, but they do refresh my soul and have provided opportunities to explore the quality of some of the Mississippi’s major tributaries as they descend through varied landscapes and make their way to the "Father of all Waters."
This web site includes portions of my journals describing these trips. Have fun exploring these pages. If you have questions about my trips or would like additional information, please send me a note, I would be happy to hear from you. Lastly, I must thank my son Tim, who manages this site.