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  • FOLLOWING IN THE PADDLE STEPS OF LEWIS & CLARK


    July 9, 2017 - Moon rise over Columbia River at Sacajawea State Park near confluence of Snake and Columbia Rivers. During the summer of 1976 I started in St. Louis, MO and followed the Lewis and Clark route from there to Camp Station at the mouth of the Columbia River where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. My goal was to travel the entire route with no motorized power and for the most part I was able to accomplish that via a combination of walking, paddling the rivers on canoes and rafts, horseback, and bicycling. Due to the logistics of private ground ownership and other issues, I did have a few small stretches where I hitchhiked and caught short rides now and then, including from various law enforcement officials and vehicles :-) This summer I have been retracing parts of that journey and spent part of this week alone camping and paddling the rivers from the confluences of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia Rivers and on down the Columbia for a way. Just as I found in 1976, the majority of folks encountered along the way (including various local, state, and federal law enforcement officials and game wardens) continue to be kind and helpful. As Homer said: "The journey's the thing." Wishing fellow humans around the world a joyful, fulfilling, and exciting journey on the paths you are choosing to explore.

  • LESSONS AND INSPIRATION FROM MARLEE MATLIN AND BILLY JOEL

    Watching this it always amazes me how Billy Joel powerfully captured 40+ years of history within a four minute music video. And it always delights me to remember that Oscar winner Marlee Matlin appears as two characters: The prom-queen-turned-hippie in the mid portion of the video. I love her statement when asked about doing a music video:

    Marlee: I got no flak for doing this video after my Oscar. A lot of people thought I’d never work again just because I was deaf. I’m sure their jaws were on the ground when I proved them wrong by bending their expectations and doing a music video. But that’s me. Never happy with being “silent.”

    We each in own way should never be happy being silent. Be you. Always. Bend their expectations. Do what you think is right. All generations can claim the same words that baby boomer Joel wrote decades ago

    "We didn't start the fire

    It was always burning since the world's been turning

    We didn't start the fire

    No, we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it"


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