Divorce Boat in the Grand Canyon

“A successful team beats with one heart.”

— unknown author

John and Mary running “Satan’s Gut” with a divorce boat in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado river.

“My friend Gary has a permit for the Yampa River, and I’ve heard that it’s really good. Would you like to try a river trip?” I asked my girlfriend Mary.

“That sounds like fun,” she replied. “What will I ride in?”

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The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River

“Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.”

— Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, July 1972.

Calendar Falls on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone. One of my favorite spots on the planet.

The sun sets rapidly over the high horizon of the deep canyon, and we do not know how many more miles of whitewater need to be traveled. In front of us is a Class IV rapid leading into a blind corner that cannot be scouted, and our food is nearly gone. But we have a comfortable camp, the scenery is awesome, and the weather is perfect.

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Trying to be a Cowboy

Unidentified rider about to get tossed. Glen Ullin N. D.

In my eagerness to compete, I had managed to neglect one small detail.  The W/J rodeo was a nationally sanctioned professional event, with professional riders and professional horses.  Some of the horses were as famous as the riders, and I had drawn a good one.


Kayaking the Humla Karnali in Nepal

“The love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth… the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had eyes to see.”               — Edward Abbey

Paul Zirkelbach in the first gorge.