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 access looked like the one on the map. After standing there for a moment I realized there were no government signs and more importantly no porta pottys. Oops, wrong place. It looked good in the lifting fog. About that time the sun came out and warmed the world. I shoved off and motored down around a slow sweeping bend and there was an obvious Fish and Game access area. I plowed into the grassy shoreline. The water had come up quite a bit since I left Cotter an hour before. I parked the canoe on the lawn. Continue reading »

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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 showing the county line going in the same path. The darned thing is completely dark. I tried to restart it figuring I had turned it off while at the Dock. Meanwhile, I feel the involuntary tightening of my fingers on the tiller. The fog begins to set in and I hear thunder above the little Mercury’s chatter. Uh Oh, now we’ve got a real problem.  Continue reading »

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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 a month. By reaching Wildcat Shoals the little canoe was better than half way to Cotter. Heck, I was going to make Cotter by lunch time. It looked as if this trip was going by much faster than I had planned. Continue reading »

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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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Eric Grasso and Danny Watkins standing besides the heart of FPUSA’s Marangoni System.

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The River Journal Chapter 4 Solo

A little White River rough spot

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Peggy Lee

Fever  !!!!
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Blanco Bar B Q San Antonio, Texas

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