Author Archives: Joe Neely

Who’s the True Patriot?

After extensive consultation with our legal, financial and spiritual advisors we have decided that the Billie V – unlike the DeVos yacht – will sail under the American flag. In case you missed the news.   Advertisements

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Bald Eagles and The Alibi: Paddling Into Ionia

Joe’s Photo Essay (followed by Tom’s writing) Lyons to Ionia on Michigan’s Grand River August 10, 2018         Tom Writes . . .  Lyons to Ionia, a Perfect Morning on the River, about Six and a Half … Continue reading

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Perch Fishing and Foghorns

We’re going out on the river tomorrow: ending up in Ionia. I just asked a guy at an AA meeting if he knew where that was. “Yeah,” he said. “I was in prison there.” I expect we’ll be eating lunch … Continue reading

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Over the Dam, Through the Chute and Into Lyons

This and That Tuesday  July 24, 2018. Webber Dam to Lyons, MI. About 7 miles. Joe Writes . . .  We could call the stretch of the Grand River between Portland and Lyons ‘Bald Eagle Byway.’ We had numerous sightings … Continue reading

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Sore Butts and Herons

Tom Writes . . . Holy 2018! June 22 and 23 – Jones Road to Webber Dam. Eagle, Michigan, to the boondocks between Portland and Lyons. We paddled two days in a row. First time we have been on the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Welcomes

Joe Writes . . . Paddling the Grand, a bit short of Portland, we came upon a lovely oasis and an invitation to pause and rest. While ‘No Trespassing’ signs are common along the river’s bank, a homemade sign here … Continue reading

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Our Mother Crosses Her Final River

Editor’s Note: in the last entry I wrote that one of the reasons we have not been on the river yet this year is because our mother was ill. She died on June 13.  Tom Writes . . .  Cassie … Continue reading

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