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Complete! Finished! Done!

August 8 – 10, 2020Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan Tom Writes . . .  Cranky Old Men with Stiff Legs and Sore RearsGlorious Michigan SummerTruly GRAND River We started at the southwest corner of Grand Rapids. The river loops south, … Continue reading

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Closing in on Our Goal: Halleluiah!

Joe Writes . . .  After starting in southern Jackson County during the summer of 2016 and paddling, in fits and starts, all the way to downtown Grand Rapids it is finally reasonable to contemplate the end of our journey. … Continue reading

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A Summertime Cucumber Treat

Joe Writes . . .  Tom and I will be on the river again in mid-August. We planned four consecutive days of paddling to finish our quest but Tom’s butt has forced us to change our plans. He got so … Continue reading

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Two Days on the Grand in Photos

Joe Posts . . .  July 4, 2020 Your intrepid explorers, Tom (l) and Joe Neely. Click on individual photos for captions. July 5 Click on individual photos for captions. -30- We are glad you found our blog. If you … Continue reading

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A Grand 4th of July on the Grand

Tom writes… Fourth of July, 2020 Ada to North Grand Rapids The logistics of canoe-ing are monstrous. You already know our boat, the Billie V, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, far from our current paddling area in West Michigan. Well, … Continue reading

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Our Quest Resumes on the 4th of July!

Just as our nation declared its independence from the tyrannical rule of George III on the 4th of July in 1776, we will declare our independence from the physical decline of advancing age – and our disdain for the despotic … Continue reading

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Polio: Two Plagues Ago

Joe Writes . . .  My mother wrote about the pandemic which most affected her generation, polio. It’s disturbing to note that while polio has largely been conquered, HIV/AIDS (the intervening pandemic) has not. There may be a lesson in … Continue reading

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Jenny Kiss’d Me and Natalie Cried

Joe Writes . . .  It has been suggested that more poetry might be helpful during The Great Isolation, and what could it possibly hurt? With a nod to the poets of older days and an explanation that follows . … Continue reading

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Our Mother Stole Relish Packets

Tom Writes . . .  More About Our Beloved Mother, Who Died  She used to steal stuff. She went through a phase, maybe twenty or fifteen years ago, when she used to grab packets of condiments from every restaurant. Packets … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day on the Grand

Joe Writes . . .  Tom and I began the year on the Grand River: not paddling, but hiking. Along with our spouses, we spent New Year’s Eve at our sister’s home in Ferrysburg on Grand Haven’s North Shore. The … Continue reading

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