I just wanted to let you know I'm heading over to Cambodia for the next serveral months to work on wetland plant based water treatment systems with freshwater floating communites. This all came together just before I set out on the second half of my trip to NOLA. I want to invite you to follow along with my work in Cambodia and beyond by checking out www.banksofthebasin.com whenever you can. Leaving so quickly is going to delay my ability to send along photos and rewards from Banks of the Basin, but no fear I'll get them out as soon as I resettle back here this summer.
A happy and healthy New Year to you--and again thank you so much for believing in me and caring about this world.
“A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that
the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and
limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that
people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in
each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.”Wendell Berry
There's been quite a bit of rain and flooding this spring. Record flooding was something I foolishly failed to consider when planning banks of the basin. After lots of waiting to see if the rain would ever stop, sand bagging with the good folks of Uniontown KY, and paddling the flooded Ohio I decided to stow the Out of Eden and delay the second half of the trip until fall. You can read a little more about my experiences with the floodwaters on the blog.
Just after mile marker six on the Ohio River is the Emsworth lock and
dam, the first dam downriver boaters encounter after leaving
Pittsburgh. I locked through it on a sunny, bitter cold morning a month
ago and traded river stories with a lock worker as my boat and I were
lowered downstream. Both he and I wished longingly for the warm weather
promised by the lower reaches of the watershed. He hoped to someday
take a similar trip from the Allegheny headwaters. The gates opened and
I paddled out into the river. We wished each other safe journeys...
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