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Many Robins So Far, but no Bugs

Tom Writes . . .  Today, I met my friend Kelly, and we walked along the Grand. The fat brown part of the Grand, above the dams, just north of downtown Grand Rapids. Lovely morning, pale sunshine, not-a-cloud blue heavens, … Continue reading

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A Northern Michigan Walk in the Woods

Joe Writes . . .  Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; lines 1 – 4 from … Continue reading

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Pandemic Paddling and Protests

Joe Writes . . .  Paddling: My understanding of the current stay-at-home order is that paddling is allowed, while powerboating is not. The problem for us would be that we would not be able to maintain proper social distancing; i.e., … Continue reading

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I Hope John Prine Was Right About Old Rivers

Joe Writes . . .  John Prine died from the COVID-19 virus. I not an expert on his music, but I hope he’s right that “old rivers grow wilder every day.” Imagine the river my grandchildren would see if we … Continue reading

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Official Grand River Expedition Cancelled; Neely Brothers Still Hope to Complete Their Quest This Year

Joe Reports . . .  Every ten years since 1990 an organized expedition to paddle the length of the Grand River has taken place, most recently under the auspices of Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds.  That organization has announced … 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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River Art at U of M Cancer Center

Note: all photographs of artwork herein are copyrighted and used with the knowledge of and permission from the artist, Martina Celerin. It is prohibited to duplicate or otherwise make use of these photographs without the express written permission of the … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Perch?

Joe writes . . .  We have written about perch fishing and invasive species here on lengthofthegrand, both of which are addressed in an excellent blog post I read recently while following  ThumbWind, which reports on and celebrates life in … Continue reading

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An Amtrak Travelogue: Chicago and Back Home (Part 2 of 2)

Joe Writes . . .  The stop after Albion is Battle Creek. The land adjoining the tracks is largely devoid of buildings except for the occasional strip bar or motorcycle club. As in any good detective novel, life is hard … Continue reading

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An Amtrak Travelogue: Ann Arbor to Chicago

Writing of other things until we can get out on the Grand again. Part 1 of 2 Joe Writes . . .   We arrive at the Ann Arbor train station 40 minutes before our scheduled 7:40 am departure for … Continue reading

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