Since moving to Minnesota five years ago, I've become a fan of Big River Magazine They cover everything related to the Mississippi River and the Driftless Region. After I retired from the newspaper, I contacted them to see if I could write articles for them, and it has been a good relationship. I have had ten articles in their pages, with the most recent two in their January/February issue. I wrote a review of Captain Lee Hendrix's book Peep Light about his fifty years working on barges and riverboats on the Mississippi River and tributaries. He gives a good view of the lifestyle of a riverboat captain. I also interviewed Judson Steinback, part of the team called Mississippi Speed Record which paddled the full length of the Mississippi River in just under 17 days. They kept moving 24 hours a day, sleeping and eating on the canoe while facing the hazards of locks and dams, massive river barges, and weather conditions such as dense fog and heavy winds. Their story is an inspiration.
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Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of nine books and over 1,000 articles.