Monthly Archives: December 2013

The River Journal Chapter 13 Onward to Smith Island

As the little canoe moved downstream from Buffalo City I looked for the mouth of the Buffalo. As I eased around the first sharp curve in the river there it was.  The Scouts had complained it was a tough quarter to half mile paddle. I believed it. I don’t know how they did it. The […]

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White River Chapter 12 …Buffalo City and the Cub Scouts

When I landed on the Buffalo City boat ramp there were two men and three or four boys milling about. They were part of a Cub Scout Troupe from Houma, Louisiana. One of the Dads was a really nice guy. He came over and remarked on my jacket and how cold it could get and […]

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The River Journal Chapter 11 Rim Shoals to Buffalo City the worst is over ?

The worst is over. The sun is warming the air.  The fog had become intermittent. But the clash between the cold river water and hot air would continue to create fog off and on all day. According to my little map it was another seven and a half miles down to Buffalo City and the […]

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The River Journal Chapter 10 Rim Shoals and Lunch

At that point my little rain soaked government map indicated I was approaching the Rim Shoals boat ramp. I ran her aground at the wrong location. I had mistaken a steep private ramp in a cluster of nice new river homes. I guess I was so anxious to get to dry land that any old […]

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The River Journal Chapter 9 The River’s the boss !

Within seconds of entering Cotter’s main channel I felt like I was flying. The boat was going over what I figured was Roundhouse Shoals. The map shows an island coming up. I began to line the Proud Mary up for a run at the left side. I checked the GPS to see if it is […]

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The River Journal Chapter 8 Back to the River and Cotter, Arkansas

I should mention the maps I used on this trip. The Game and Fish map from the trout fishing booklet was great. I’d purchased an excellent Jim Priest map at the Cotter Trout Dock. Unfortunately, I stored it in a bag I couldn’t reach without docking the boat. Another big Duh !  

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The River Journal Chapter 7 Cotter, Cameras and the Sixties

My next stop would be Cotter. I had been on the river a couple of hours and was making better time than I had anticipated. I still had my head in the navigational problems and my fear of the unknown evil shoals monsters. After all, I’d been hearing about and dreading the shoals for over […]

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The River Journal Chapter 6 Finally ! Shoving Off

It turns out that Bull Shoals State Park is a great starting place. The park has finest riverside campsites I’ve ever seen.

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The River Journal Chapter 5 Bull Shoals State Park and more talkin’

Finally ! Getting ready, to commence, to begin, to start, to crank this thing and more stuff about stuff.

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Assignment FPUSA in the Permian

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