We have had an exceptional summer for boating on Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River. Many days have been in the low 80s with a light breeze, perfect for getting out on the lake, floating and reading, or cruising to different parts of the lake. Having a boat on a lake has been a longtime dream and we are really enjoying it. We get out three or four times each week throughout the summer. Recently, the American Queen, a large riverboat cruise ship, passed us. Below is a photo of the boat in front of Maiden Rock.
Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature from East Tennessee State University has accepted my poem "The Man of Chi" for their upcoming issue. The poem is about watching a man practicing Tai Chi in a park in Beijing, China. I really like the poem and am very pleased that it will appear in Aethlon.
Deep Wild Journal just featured my essay "Summit Storm" on their blog. This is an excerpt from Mountain Dreams: The Drive to Explore, Experience, and Expand which was published last December. See their blog post here.
Volume 4 of Deep Wild Journal, the 2022 issue, has just been released. It contains my essay "Summit Storm" about a dangerous blizzard on Mt. Rainier. The volume also includes the work of fifty other writers and is an outstanding collection. Read more about Deep Wild Journal here.
Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature from East Tennessee State University notified me that they want to publish my poem "The Man of Chi." It is based on an experience I had watching a man practice Tai Chi in a park in Beijing, China, on our way to Tibet and the north face of Mt. Everest. His motions were so smooth and controlled and I tried to capture the way he moved in the poem. The issue is expected to be out about December.
On July 2, 2022, Lake City officials unveiled a statue of Ralph Samuelson, one hundred years to the day after he invented water skiing on Lake Pepin. I was especially interested in this because I published an article about Ralph and his adventures in the Jan/Feb issue of Big River Magazine. The statue did not exist when I wrote the article, but it is a very nice addition to the Lake City waterfront now. The statue stands at the boat ramp at Ohuta Beach next to the bay where Samuelson practiced and perfected his new sport. Here are a couple looks at the statue.
The Lake City Graphic ran an article about my new book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota. Very nice article. It previews a book signing at Treats and Treasures in Lake City on Saturday, June 18. Treats and Treasures will be carrying the book on their shelves.
Copies of Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota, as well as copies of Mountain Dreams and Adventure Relativity are available at Broken Paddle Guiding at 213 Main Street in Wabasha.
Today I had a book signing for my book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota at Fair Trade Books in Red Wing. Met some very nice people. Always good to engage in conversation about climbing, writing, or weather. That was the first book signing for this book -- others will follow.
The Red Wing Republican Eagle ran an article about my new book Historic Disasters in Southeast Minnesota. The article does a good job of capturing the essence of the book and why I wrote it. Read the article here.
Photo by John Jancik
Dr. Steve Gardiner is the author of eight books and over 1,000 articles.