Friday, April 2, 2010

Amazing Rivers

Maybe it is because I grew up on the shore of the St. Marys River but I am fascinated with rivers-every kind and location. I've been studying rivers this winter and found that they come in every shape and size. The definition of a river is very general-a flow of water over land that follows a channel-is the best I've seen. There are no rules about size, length to make a river. How interesting.

We left our home near Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday and I've kept track of the different rivers we've crossed. My list is up to 16 now and I'm sure there were a few that I missed. The most interesting to me were the Tippecanoe and Wabash in Indiana which played a major role in our history. But I believe all rivers play a role in history. I think if you want to study the history of the development of the US, just look at the rivers.

Anyway, yesterday we crossed the largest river in the US, the Mississippi River. These pictures are from that crossing. You can see Mississippi River transportation is much different that Great Lakes transportation.

I'm hoping to put together a collection of photos from rivers in Michigan. There are over 300 of them. If you have a photos of Michigan rivers that you are willing to share with me, I would be most appreciative and would definitely give you credit.


Cathy Clementz said...

We crossed the Mississippi today! Lots of flooding in the not so distant past! When we stop by to visit our family and friends on our way back home, I'll try to get a shot of the St. Joe River and the covered bridge that crosses it. IF I remember!!! Enjoy your trip!

gregory zimmerman said...

what a nice project, writing about the rivers you cross. (maybe including metaphorically?)
having lived in the great plains and in the eastern slope of the rockies, i know the st marys to be one of the great rivers.
i look forward to hearing more about your journeys. keep it up!
g zimmerman

Sault Boat Watcher said...

Thanks for the river comments. Keep me updated on rivers that you cross and/or know about.