explorers, Rivers, Zeusy

Wood Bottom to Coal Banks

Wood Bottom to Coal Banks.

I spent two days at Wood Bottom Recreation Area. This is where I was dropped off while my support crew headed back to St. Louis, Mo. Best support crew a guy could ever want.

The two days were spent sorting how I wanted all my gear, food, and water in the canoe. I also got my first water sample for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation participation in the Microplastics research by

One of these two days Zeusy and I had to get under a tarp for the majority of the day. I recorded a temperature of 102° F and heard Loma, Mt officially declared the top temperature at 103° F. Way too blithering hot for a dog covered in black fur to lay in a canoe under direct sunshine. We would wait until tommorrow to launch. We may drive each other nuts sometime, but me and my pal haven’t hurt each other yet. No since in starting at this stage of our lives together. I mean outside of stepping on each others paws accidentally.

So the next morning I loaded up the canoe and had Zeusy get in. Understand that Zeusy did not take to lying down in the canoe as I paddled along. His 100 lbs of handsomeness would flip the canoe over in an instant. If I didn’t pay attention he And I would both be in the water with a sinking canoe full of Missouri river dreams. This was the start of his first canoe trip ever, and I am talking about a dog always on the move. Especially outdoors. It was a long day. But I had confidence that he would get it down in a few days because he always gets things down. I just knew he would.

So off we went past Decision Point where the Corps of Discovery had to figure out which was the true Missouri. They took the right way after much recon and debate. The named the other river the “Marias.” Then past the Marias we went until we get to Coal Banks Landing.
Once at Coal banks I found a campsite with an interesting sign.



explorers, Rivers

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation


So it’s still a go and I will leave for Montana with the best support crew ever on Tuesday morning.

I have officially signed up with Adventures and Scientists for Conservation to collect water samples for a worldwide study of micro-plastics in the planets water. The study has been going for sometime and concentrated on seas and oceans. It is now moving to inland lakes and rivers. You can read more here…


I am totally excited about this ! I have read about explorers since I have been a child. Scientific exploration has been a centuries old idea, and even racing to be the first to places like the North Pole has been scientific.

So here are a few scientific explorers I admire. You may have heard of some, some you may not.

Lewis and Clark and the U.S. Corps of Discovery……

Great to think I will be collecting samples from science on the water route of an 1804 – 1806 American scientific expedition of the Louisiana Purchase

Leo Miller, Naturalist for the New York Museum of Natural History….

Collected thousands and thousands of bird, mammal and reptile specimens across the planet in the early 1900’s. His book “In the Wilds of South America” published in 1919 is available online for free.

George K Cherrie, Naturalist, Ornithologist for New York Museum of Natural History….. 

His book “Dark Trails” has his highlights of many stories of his life as an explorer in Central and South America. He not only collected specimens but was shot by a former disgruntled employee and had to walk for days to reach help. Him and his mates also won a bar in a poker game.

Colonel Teddy Roosevelt, Naturalist, Environmentalist…..

The President made several expeditions and gathered specimens for the New York Museum of Natural History.

The Roosevelt-Rondon scientific expedition of Brazil’s River of Doubt almost cost the Rough Rider his life. He handpicked Leo Miller and George K. Cherrie as his fellow naturalists on the expedition. His soon Kermit and Cherrie cared for the very ill Colonel, until they could get him home.

“Into the Brazilian Wilderness” was penned by the Colonel of this adventure.

So there is a few of many I admire. I will learn Tuesday more details of what is expected of me. I can’t wait ! I wonder if I will measure up to my heros ?


The scientists…