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The Irish Wilderness Expedition 2013

I just wanted to post up this short video of our Irish Wilderness Expedition.

Canoe trip on the eleven point river day by Strava.

What an amaZING experience with some awesome guys.

A great Man – Cation was had by all.



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I just wanted to post a few pics of our 2011 family vacation in Telluride Colorado.

Special thanks to an amazing friend who offered our family his amazing cabin for the week.

What Makes Telluride Unique? Telluride is a small ski resort in the southwest corner of Colorado. Tucked away in a box canyon, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the San Juans, Telluride started off as a mining town in the 1800’s and later on, in 1973, became a ski resort and in the warmer months an epic mountain bike destination.

This year was special because we were able to take my daughter and her husband Adam with us for some much needed R & R.

Our bunch hiked, biked, rafted, canoed, fished, shopped, reflected, and rested.

This is a pic of us after we put our bikes on the gondola and made it up to the ski area that is converted into a mtn bike mecca during the summer months.

The Riverside trail is an amazing addition to the Telluride trail system.

These two pics pretty much sums up why I enjoyed this years vacation. 🙂

We ventured out on Trout Lake for some fishing/exploring….Adam and Tash pretty much wished they would have had a canoe instead of a ducky to float in.

Brenda my life long floating/fishing partner.

The San Miguel River rafting.

Just some views from around the area.

A couple of pics of the meadow below the cabin were we stayed.

Bridal Vail Falls – the tallest waterfall in Colorado.

The grass is greener in Telluride.

What an amazing place – what an amazing week.

I am rested and grateful.


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I wanted to post a few pics of an amazing four days we had on one of America’s best canoeing streams.

The Eleven Point River is Missouri’s longest cold-water river and is home to both hatchery raised and stocked trout as well as a self-sustaining population of stream-bred trout and includes over 22 miles of trout habitat. This river is often overlooked as a trout fishing destination, but offers some of the most remote trout fishing in the state without the signs of civilization. The scenery on this river alone is worth the drive, the fact that there is a healthy population of trout is an added bonus.

The River crew.

First camp above Greer.

The amazing Greer Spring.

My good friend Eric in the “MANGO TANGO”.

You just gotta get a Camping Espresso machine from REI.

The fog is rollin in.

No words can describe it…no picture can capture it.

Miko is the trout master.

Poison Ivie is the only negative here.

Boze Mill Spring. The Boze family still live in the area and make a mean beef jerky.

Three long time friends. Mikeo,  Steveo and the EMAN.

I crave this stuff.

Morning prayer and devotions just seem more alive from this proximity.

Two tripper canoes purchased from Prescott College have now helped us float both the Colorado and Elevepoint Rivers.

These boats are perfect for extended stays on a stream.

The key is to become a minimalist.

What an an other amazing trip on an amazing river.

Thanks go to everyone who made this experience happen.


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I Just Had To Have One.

There is nothing better to a coffee consumer than a great cup of Espresso at a camp site early in the morning to get your day generated.

This past week my Friend Eric unpacked his espresso maker for our river trip in the Ozarks.

When I arrived home I went directly to REI and ordered mine.

90 seconds to an espresso with this Italian coffee maker.

  • Made from lightweight aluminum, this European-style espresso machine is finely crafted with a brass steam pipe
  • Designed for use on low heat over your backpacking stove
  • Tank holds 10 oz. of water and fresh ground coffee

Can’t wait to try it out on the next adventure.

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“MISSOURI” means “Big Canoe”

Missouri gets its name from a tribe of Sioux Indians of the state called the Missouris. The word “Missouri” often has been construed to mean “muddy water” but the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology has stated it means “town of the large canoes,” and authorities have said the Indian syllables from which the word comes mean “wooden canoe people” or “he of the big canoe.”

A few friends are gathering this next week  for an an adventure trip in Missouri on one of the best rivers in the Ozarks.

Here is the mile marker map for one amazing sceinic river trip.

Eleven Point River – Mile-By-Mile Description

9.3 Cane Bluff. Access and picnic area.
12.3 Spring Creek enters on left.
14.8 McCormack Hollow on left. Lake, fishing, spring and picnic area about one mile up Hollow, administrated by U.S. Forest Service.

16.0 Greer Spring Branch.
16.6 State Hwy. 19 Bridge. Campsites and put-in. Trail to Greer Spring 0.75 mile up hill.
19.5 Little Hurricane Creek on right. 20.0 Mary Decker Shoals. Rapids. 20.5 Hurricane Creek enters on left.

21.5 Turner’s Mill and spring. Location is also known as Surprise. Access on both sides of river. Camping on south side only.

22.0 Stinking Pond float camp on left.

26.5 Horseshoe Bend

27.0 Barn Hollow float camp on left. Bliss Spring just downstream.
28.5 White Creek float camp on left.
31.0 Greenbriar float camp on left.
33.4 Boze Mill Spring on left. River valley begins to widen here. Camping. No access. 33.7 River divides. Right channel usually best and provides a fast run over a ledge.

35.7 Riverton and Hwy. 160 Bridge. Access east side, picnic on west side beneath bridge only. No camping either side.

Pics to follow next week.


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We named him after a favorite fishing river deep in the Missouri Ozarks. The Courtois (Coda-way) River .

Real name: “Courtois” (pronounced “coda way”) a stream in Southern Missouri ( named after the Coutois Indians) This was the first river Cody floated with us when he was a pup 14 plus years ago in my old town canoe.

Nick names: “Chinka boy “, “Curley Bill”, “Esau”, “Moosehead” , or more simply we called him “Codes”. He was a real retriever and the  greatest of friends.

He went with us everywhere over the past 14 plus years. Walks, rides, canoe trips even door to door at Halloween.

His biggest desire was to just be with us all the time anytime even when we went to the church.

He loved going on walks with us especially when he was younger and had the ability to run and keep up with the younger dogs.

This pic is Bren and Cody at the top of Granite mountain and I could begin to tell he was wearing down with age.

From a pup he loved the water and would be the first to dive in and get the party started.

His last moments with us were at Prescott Animal Hospital  here in Prescott Arizona under the care and compassion of Dr. Cameron Dow.

Dr. Dow and his amazing staff are professional and as compassionate as you can get.

Cody left us Saturday morning April 16th with such dignity and grace that I cannot describe in words.

I love and miss you buddy. You are in our hearts everyday.

Thank you for your unconditional love and amazing companionship Codes.

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This winter was a season to renew the blue canoe for this years water sports.

The skip plates where ordered from Oldtown Canoe company and will prevent leakage and damage from skidding on the river rocks.

This canoe is from Jasper Arkansas. The Buffalo Canoe Company builds a great boat.

My Buffalo Canoe in good company.

My friend Martin Ziebell here in Preskitt is the man.

Thanks Martin for the expertise .

Wont be long until the Verde River Canoe Challenge .

If you are interested in floating the river here is the link.

Hope to see you out on the good water.


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Do You Know Your CFS ?

CFS – Cubic Feet Per Second.

Here are a couple of photos of the Verde River about a mile up from Beezly Flats flowing at approximately 160 CFS.



Here is a pic of the remnants a an earlier CFS of around 900 to a 1000.


I actually floated the upper section where Oak Creek drops into the Verde @ 1100 CFS. What a ride that was.

Any way back to the CFS discussion. Here is a a chart provided by the usgs.

Current Verde River flow information:
Almost every water shed in the USA as well as Canada has these stations to give hourly reports of water flow. Very Cool.

Here is the actual chart flow when the top three photos were taken.

cfs chart 2

Notice the dates at the bottom of the chart.

If you want a perfect float down the Verde River, float it a between 25- and 450 CFS and you wont be disappointed for sure.

Before you float any river make sure you know what the CFS is for the day you float. It will help make the difference between a great time on the river and a not so good time on and possibly IN the river.

Just one more point in this blog.

Here is another link for the Verde River Canoe Challenge sponsored by NAU every year.

Chuck Hammersly does a fanastic  job of putting this event together and all for just 10 bucks (includes t-shirt)

Go for it – you will love it and fall in love with the Verde as well.


Brenda and I – Verde is running @ 450 CFS

verde brenda

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Hoover Dam/Lake Mead

I just learned while traveling back on our canoe shuttle from the river outfitter something that caught my attention.

He told me that California has purchased 80% of the water rights to the water that comes out of Hoover dam.

Since they have, he told us that the lake is 50% lower than it was a decade ago.


The white line is the former water lever since the water purchase.


The post emergent stream.

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Here are just a few photos of our canoe trip on the Colorado river this past week.

My friend from Missouri Mike Ketcherside and his nine year old son River went with us on the trip.

We put our canoes in just below the Hoover dam. Here is a canoe’s eye view of the Hoover dam rising some  1100 feet above the water.



My son in law Adam had a great time on the water.


Another canoe’s eye view of the new bridge that will replace the traffice flow on the Hoover dam.


Taking a break in Gold Strike Canyon.


These ducks followed us the entire trip.



The Colorado river will take me a lifetime to discover. And even then it will offer so much more to explore.

Great trip, can’t wait to take Brenda next time.