AR/MS/LA- Sunflower River Paddle

Sunflower River Paddle   It’s an early Spring morning as I launch my Grumnan canoe below the bridge at Lee Drive. A local friend drives by slowly, examining my intentions, while showing off his bounty of the day a turkey in his truck bed. The waters up and flowing swiftly, as I congradulate him on his Delta turkey and he wishes me well on my journey. The weathers warm and everything’s at blooming speed. The beautiful greens in the trees and...

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AR/MS/LA- High Water Spring

High Water Spring   Spring time in the Delta is a beautifulThe Mississippi River and all its distributaries and tributaries are swollen into there floodplains replenishing wetlands and estuaries, creating the perfect ecosystems for the reproduction of reptiles, amphibians, fish, mammals and waterfowl.  Male wood-ducks with striking arrangements of color, are looking for mates and the perfect tree to have their young. Frogs and salamanders...

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Entitlement and Privilege

Entitlement and Privilege   Freshwater is the one essential resource that every living thing has to have. No matter what you are, what complexion, what you believe in, where you come from, who you voted for, what you do, how rich, how poor- we are all entitled to have freshwater. Industries are constantly buying land connected to the river, building silos, docks, conveyer belts and natural gas hubs and tapping into the approximately 1.5...

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Day 34: Wind, Wing-Dams and Water

Mark River’s Rivergator Journal Day 34: Wind, Wing-Dams, and Water Throughout my travels up and down the Mississippi River, challenges present themselves of all sorts. The river with its strong, rolling current can be intimidating, with manmade structures creating boils and eddies, with powerful towboats churning up and downstream, but nothing can compare with the effects of wind. Many think that the current will sweep you down river...

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Listen to Nature

April 14, 2017 We leave Caruthersville on our first sunny day of the trip. Days like these make you forget about the cloudy, cold, rainy days of spring. I take a needed break from my wetsuit and adverse-weather clothing to feel the healing warmth of the sun rays incident to my face. We take advantage of the great weather and embark on a 62-mile day to a slither of sand at the bottom of the first Chickasaw Bluff. We were expecting high winds...

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Mark River’s Thoughts – The American Bottoms

Another long day of paddling in rainy asymmetrical unpredictable weather patterns  throughout the day. They come and go so quick like western storms. Since St.Louis we have paddlep along a  floodplain call the American Bottoms. It stretches all the way from Cahokia, Ill.  to Chester, Ill. , with the Interior Highlands across the channel of the Mississippi River. These ancient cliffs where once part of the Appalachian Mts. 200 million years...

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This is Wild Country

River School with Proctor Academy by Mark River Peoples (1 Mississippi Outreach Assistant, Mississippi USA)  Every year we embark on a journey with Proctor Academy of Andover, NH. somewhere along the Mississippi River. This year in particular, we decided to let the students pick the route of the voyage, which added a mysterious factor to the event. Democracy was put forward and the decision was announced. It would be the last 48 miles of the...

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