Thursday, March 11, 2010

Along Prairie Island

Rainy, foggy, muddy -- the Slough of Despond...

March 2, 2010, 1 mile, between miles 804 and 803.

March 8, 2010, 1 mile, between miles 803 and 802.

March 11, 2010, 1.5 miles, mile 801.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Prairie Island

March 1, 2010, 1.5 miles, Mile 806: Prairie Island, home of the Prairie Island Indian Community of Mdewakaton Sioux and their Treasure Island Casino

Sunday, February 28, 2010

With mixed feelings, I got back in the pool after a long layoff. At about lap 5, I felt like a fat slug who couldn't go on. Then, after a few more laps, I was pleased that I could finish a mile. Still, I'm chagrined that it had been so long.

I've moved onto the U.S. Corps of Engineers' map page 14:

February 18, 2010, 1 mile, mile 808: Truedale Slough
The Vermillion River joins the Mississippi by way of series of lakes and sloughs, extending from Hastings down to the confluence with the Cannon River just upstream of Red Wing.

February 22, 2010, 1.25 miles, mile 807, Pierce County, Wisconsin

February 23, 2010, 1 mile, mile 806, Goodhue County, Minnesota

Catching Up

July 21, 2009: 1.5 miles, mile 813: Lake Isabel, Hastings, MN

July 27, 2009: 1.25 miles, mile 812: Prescott, Wisconsin, and the confluence of the St. Croix River with the Mississippi:

July 29, 2009: 1.5 miles, mile 811, Prescott Island

August 3, 2009: 1.5 miles, mile 809, Gores Pool No. 3 Wildlife Management Area

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Langston Hughes' The Negro Speaks of Rivers

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of
human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

I looked upon the Nile and raised pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans,
and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rivertown Days in Hastings!

July 15, 1.5 miles, Mile 814.5: Hastings, MN, just in time for Rivertown Days:

Hastings and its surrounding townships have longstanding issues from agricultural fertilizer and herbicides in the groundwater. Dakota County and other agencies are working with area farmers to reduce the agricultural chemicals leaching into the groundwater:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Catching Up

May 5, 1 mile, below Mile 821, "Mississippi Makeover" at Spring Lake:

May 12, 1 mile, below Mile 820, Lee Grist Mill:

May 19, 1 mile, Mile 817, Nininger Townsite:

July 13, 1.14 miles, Mile 816: Streckfus Daymark: