New Year

At the start of 2011, the river has finally thawed and finally risen to a great paddling depth. Unfortunately it's COLD outside. Just before Christmas however, Abbey and I cleared the snow off the frozen river so she could practice her ice skating. At that point, the river below the ice was about a foot deep and the ice looked […]

Way Down Upon the Sangamon River

I grew up not far from the Suwanee River in Florida. These days, the Sangamon is flowing with the same clear, dark, tea-colored water, stained with the decaying leaves of Fall. The dark, reflective surface of the river shines, reflecting the rapidly fading colors. The river is up again, slightly, after the recent rain, but will surely recede with little more rain […]

Walkin’ on water

Well, at least where the water used to be. But when I look up and around while standing on the gravel river bottom out in the middle of the river, I truly feel a spiritual connection to the trees. And I feel sometimes like I could walk on water. And as I walk back up out of the river and […]

Clear water, dark beer

CLEAR WATER, DARK BEER As September flows coolly into October, the Sangamon continues to meander coolly and slowly by.  Around here, Crooked Creek has been dried up for months now and the dry sand and gravel delta of Crooked Creek stretches two-thirds of the way across the river. A mulberry tree fell across my path down to where Crooked Creek […]


Happy Autumnal Equinox to one and all! As the Sangamon River starts on its way back up again, get out there and enjoy that "Super Harvest" Moon. What a name! And don't forget to appreciate the Moon's partner Jupiter traveling right beside it all night long (it's the bright 'star'). And if you have a chance, drive west on any […]