Tuesday, January 1, 2008

What to expect of this site

CleanUpTheRiver.com is neither a non-profit organization, nor a for-profit company. It is a domain name for a blog, authored by a guy who’s a bit passionate about spending time on the river. I enjoy camping, canoeing and kayaking, and I’d like our kids and grandkids to have the same privilege. That’s pretty much it.

I gave this project a lot of thought while I was on the water last summer. A cruise down the river can have that effect; the solitude of the river creates a wonderful opportunity to contemplate, appreciate, and motivate. And Minnesota winters being what they are—many of our rivers turn into long, narrow hockey rinks—building this site seemed like a good way to enjoy the river during the months that ice keeps me off of it. (As you can see, right now my canoe and kayak are belly-up in the backyard, waiting for the thaw, as I am!)

What kind of a publishing schedule will be maintained? I haven’t a clue. I’ll post when there is something to say or share, and when time allows. (I repeat: This is my passion, not my profession. My day job can be very demanding, sometimes requiring extensive travel.) I’ll do my best to stay in touch at least every couple of weeks.

Among other things, this blog will be a journal of ideas and activities which support the cause inherent in its name. I’ll use it to organize my thoughts, hoping others will add to the body of knowledge and opinion, and perhaps benefit from some of the ideas found here.

If you belong to a paddling club—either canoeing or kayaking—I’d enjoy hearing from you. My hunch is that the people who spend a lot of time on the river will my best source of direction for this project. It is that direction which will inform this site, and help me form a more accurate picture of what to expect from myself.

© 2007, 2008 Mike D. Anderson, Crystal, MN.

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