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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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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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The Speech I Meant to Give

November 3, 2018 Joe Writes . . .  Last night there was a great event – Ignite Ann Arbor 11 – at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. My speech didn’t go as planned but I am … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain on the Grand

Joe Writes . . .  Forgive us both for not writing of late. There has been a lot going on in our lives, and with winter approaching I am turning my attention to renovating a house near Dexter. Once finished … Continue reading

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The Grand and the Betsie: Two Different Rivers

Joe Writes . . .  I recently stopped at an old friend’s cabin on the Betsie River in northern Michigan, not far from (as my brother might say) the nifty Lake Michigan town of Frankfort. I had not been at … Continue reading

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Glass Half-Full On The Grand

Joe Writes: It’s difficult to be optimistic about the future of the Grand during these last few weeks of winter, but I’m trying. First comes the story of 2 million gallons of sewage being dumped into the river just a … Continue reading

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Remove the Dams?

The North Lansing Dam on the Grand River Joe Writes . . .  There is an environmental movement afoot aimed at removing dams from rivers throughout America, the general premise being “the more natural, the better” in rivers as in … Continue reading

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