Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Scouting trip - Boy Scouts
The Black River reconnaissance trip with a couple of scout leaders (avid cyclists and canoeists) is scheduled for May 18,19,20. We'll be leaving early on Friday and returning on Sunday night. I love planning these sort of adventures!
I met Bill Petersen (who is heading this up this jaunt) on a three day paddle last year with the Madcity Paddlers. We got to talking about youth in our area, PEAK Camp etc... Next thing you know we are doing R&D for a scouting trip over Memorial Day Weekend.
Black River is a river in west-central Wisconsin and tributary of the Mississippi River. The river is approximately 160 miles long. It begins in central Wisconsin, rises in Taylor County northeast of Medford, Wisconsin. The river then flows southwest past Neillsville and Black River Falls. The Black River meets the Mississippi River, to the northwest of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Black River Falls is depicted in Michael Lesy's book Wisconsin Death Trip (1973), which uses photographs and newspaper cuttings to highlight the harshness of life in the town during the late nineteenth century and the effects it had on the psychology of the inhabitants. The book was made into a film in 2000 which also includes images from the town as it is today.
Wisconsin Death Trip --- Now we got something to talk about. - The Capt'n