Entries from Down Chicago’s Drain tagged with 'river journeys'

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 5: Attack of the Buffalo Gnats

Leaving the quaint Hardin Hotel in Hardin, Illinois. A photo at the top of the ridge dividing the Illinois and Mississippi River valleys. Don't stop, or thousands of buffalo gnats will swarm you....

Mississippi River Bike Trip - Day 4: Great River Road

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Family Friendly Mekong Journey

Nature Conservancy scientist Jeff Opperman is taking his family on a journey down the Mekong River through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Follow along online through videos and photos....

The Fish Menace

Just found this article in last year's New Yorker. Ian Frazier writes a travelogue of a journey following the invasive bighead and silver carp up the Illinois River. There's an amusing stop at the Redneck Fishing Tournament, a visit...

Front and Center of Chicago

WBEZ is broadcasting a great series this week about the water connections to Chicago. Reporter Gabriel Spitzer is traveling the Illinois River to explore how Chicago and Lake Michigan are connected to the Mississippi River, while Brian Mann is...

River Gumbo's Too Thick to Navigate - 7

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Into the American Jungle - 6

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No Beards in Beardstown - 5

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Prairie State - 4

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Poison Ivy For My Bed - 3

We woke up to a muggy morning in the midst of the poison ivy patch, after thunderstorms and stormy dreams in the middle of the night. The mosquitoes were just as ferocious as the night before. We coaxed the...

60 Miles on the I&M Canal - 2

After our first day's ride getting out of the city, camping in the woods seems far away from urban Chicago. Little critters creeped in the leaves, and I jumped up several times, sure that raccoons were raiding our supplies. But...

St. Louie or Bust - 1

Mike and I are reprising our trashboat journey with a bike trip following the Illinois River to St. Louis. I'll be taking the train home from St. Louis, while Mike continues on biking solo to California. After a lazy start,...

Radio Journey on the Mekong

NPR is running a nice series this week on the Mekong River. Michael Sullivan travels from the headwaters in Tibet all the way down the the delta in Vietnam, talking about the history of the river as well as...

River Vagrants

Today Charles alerted me to an article in the March Harper's about a guy named Matt who is sailing a homemade boat down the Mississippi. What a silly idea! Who would have thought of that?? You have to be a...

A Float Trip on the Li River - Part 2

The next day I woke early to be ready for the boat trip from Guilin to Yangshuo. I had purchased my ticket late the night before, in some confusion over which ticket seller was best. A note on the bulletin...

A Float Trip on the Li Jiang - Part 1

The Li River is a small river in Guangxi Province, China, but it runs much larger in Chinese culture. It is most famous for the spectacular karst scenery along its banks between the river towns of Guilin and Yangshuo, the...

Flirting with other rivers - The Sumida

Back in the time when Japan closed itself off from interaction with the rest of the world, the city we know as Tokyo was called Edo, meaning "bay door". Before the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa moved the capital here in 1603,...

Mekong River Adventures

Here's a great story about some Minneapolis boat punks who venture down the Mekong in a leaky boat: The New Voyageurs...

Flirting with other rivers - The Mekong

Recently I had the chance to visit Nong Khai, a town in northern Thailand on the border with Laos. Here the Mekong River forms the border between the two countries. Just outside of town there is a bridge over the...

You Sunk My Battleship

I've spent the last few days riding a bike around to visit the ruined temples at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Since it was so hot and I was on a bike, I didn't make it out to the far flung...

Our Route

The short voyage of the Water Bug: View Larger Map...

Big River - Day 5

Another muggy night of restless sleep thinking of the dangers ahead. Another thunderstorm in the middle of the night shaking the tent wildly and then disappearing off into the night. We were up before the park opened and packed our...

Obstacles - Day 4

In the exurbs the morning rush hour begins at 4am. The booms and bangs I'd taken to be thunder in the night increased and revealed themselves to be traffic over the plates of the bridge above us. It was a...

Down in the Flood - Day 3

Finally we'd made it to the Des Plaines River. I was surprised how high the murky waters were, but there wasn't much to do about it. Now it was starting to rain, and the mosquitos had found us. Initially we'd...

The Portage - Day 3

All night long the rain fell by the cupful and bucketful, but we felt clever at finding this little hiding place under the bridge. The humidity was so high nothing really dried out, but at least it didn't get wetter....

Combined Sewer Outflow - Day 2

Sunday morning dawned with waves of drizzly clouds. From our camp we woke early and decided to go across the river to Maxwell Street Market to look for some odds & ends, like a new lighter, batteries, a 15mm socket...

Churning flatwater - Day 1

Saturday morning started off cool and clear. The weather for the last few days was such an improvement over the heat and humidity of the previous week. The boat was pretty much ready to go from our work on Friday...