Category Archives: The River Journal

A three part short story on the misadventures of two river novices and their ill fated attempt at big river travel. This story introduces a longer book length series on the author’s river mis-adventures.

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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The River Journal Chapter 4 Solo

A little White River rough spot

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The River Journal Chapter Three Reality Sets In !

Chris’s story After the lousy breakfast my mood was lightened by the ring of my cell phone. It was Chris. He was in Kentucky. The night before he had ended up in a ditch. He had been way out in the boonies without phone reception. Around midnight he had walked several miles in the dark. […]

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The River Journal Chapter Two Where’s Chris ?

What bear ?            Never let em’ see you sweat !

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The River Journal Chapter One Not a Clue !

May of 2007  The White River of Arkansas   White River’s Limestone Bluffs 16 foot canoe on the White River of Arkansas

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