Category Archives: nature

Saranac to Lowell in Pictures

September 7, 2018 Water Temperature 70 F, Air Temperature 68 F Joe Writes . . .  For now I will simply post some photos from a great day on the river. I expect Tom will take up the slack and … Continue reading

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The Old Men and the River

August 16, 2018 – Ionia to Saranac, Michigan, 10 Miles 3.5 hours including lunch break Tom Writes . . .  CANOE and GRACEFUL never go together at our age. My brother Joe and I are cute as can be, and … Continue reading

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Ionia to Saranac

. . . or, All Hail the Mighty Fisherman August 24, 2018 Water Temp a steady 70 F, Air Temp 69 – 76 F Joe Writes . . .  I finally caught a fish on the Grand. Most trips I’ll … Continue reading

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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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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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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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No Motorcycles In The Canoe

  Tom Asks… Joe, my Skipper, my Admiral, can you afford to buy a Harley? If you would just buy us a good motorcycle, we could put said motorcycle in the middle of our canoe, in front of your stern … Continue reading

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Snapping Turtles and Olive Loaf

February 9, 2018 Joe Writes . . .  A belated Happy New Year. We are anxious to get on the river again, even to the extent of planning to paddle amidst the ice floes if we get a winter thaw. … Continue reading

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The River Heals

December 23, 2017 Joe Writes . . .  Happy Holidays to all who care about rivers, woods and water in Michigan and all over this land. Be vigilant; these are perilous times. I was recently gobsmacked by the realization that … Continue reading

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Don’t Eat the Red Berries!

December 1, 2017 Tom Writes . . . Grand Ledge Dam to Jones Road Bridge in Eaton County  Training for the Winter Canoe Olympics We really like our canoe, and we really like our river, and, we are couple of … Continue reading

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