Head down one of America's most iconic waterway
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A lunaresque scene on Island 78.
Ben Gately Williams
River outfitter and expert paddler John Ruskey.
One of Ruskey's handmade canoes.
Warming up by the fire.
The author enjoys an evening sip.
Stew-bound vegetables at dinnertime.
The canoes awaiting adventure.
A crew of paddlers prepare to take out.
Ruskey's signature move.
A makeshift dryer for water boots.
Fellow canoeists on break.
Part of the feast: mushrooms and cabbage.
Water boiling on the fire.
An evening fire for warmth.
Ruskey illuminates his dinner.
Adventureers take on the Lower Mississippi.
A canoe ready for launch.
Ruskey of Ruskey's Quapaw Canoe Company sits aboard one of his creations.
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