My friend Darren Bush has been taking an annual canoe trip on the Wisconsin River with his friends for the last 10 years, every Autumn. This year I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, with the caveat that there are a few rules:
- No tandem canoes (unless they’re paddled solo).
- No girls.
- No sniveling.
Not a very difficult set of rules to abide by.
The usual plan is to hit the water in the afternoon and paddle until a sand bar suitable for camping is found. Due to record rainfall the river was very high, and the sand bars were all underwater, so we spent the night at a state park instead, sharing food and stories around a campfire. The next morning we got up, packed up our tents and sleeping bags, shuttled the vehicles to the take out and launched our canoes.
16 of us spent a great day covering over 20 miles on the Lower Wisconsin. The high water made for a strong current, so it was a pretty leisurely day. I think I was paddling backwards for at least 3 or 4 of those 26 miles so I could photograph people more easily.
A big thanks to Darren for the invite, to Brad for the chance to share some photos of the trip, and to all the guys for welcoming me into the group.
About David Morlock:
My love of photography grew out of a love of wild places I could travel by canoe, especially in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota.
I currently live in Cambridge Minnesota with my wife and two daughters. In addition to doing outdoor photography professionally, I also photograph weddings, portraits, do some commercial and editorial work, and some construction and architectural photography. My photography website is www.morlockphotography.com