To celebrate Nate and Jo making it to the Mississippi, I pulled together some river songs from the late great John Hartford. (Keep up with Nate and Jo’s adventures on Chasing 70.)
While I’ve been a big fan of the late great Hartford since I was a tot watching The Glen Campbell Show (faves include I’m still here, Aereo Plain, Tall Buildings, Joseph’s Dream and this reggae classic), it’s his river songs that always grabbed me and made me imagine that I’m on the trip that Nate and Jo are on today.
- Julia Belle Swain
- Miss Ferris
- Long Hot Summer Day
- Let Him Go On Mama
- Steamboat Whistle Blues
- Watching the River Roll By
- Midnight on the Water
- Steamboat Capt. John Hartford
Nate on the river (right).
That’s the name of a blog that my son Nate and his girlfriend Jo (at the helm, below right) are using to spin tales of their current adventure.
Last week, they bought a 1985 Hunter 25.5 sailboat out of Muskegon, Michigan, sailed/motored it across Lake Michigan on a thankfully calm day and are now wending their way through Illinois following the path of the looper community (albeit more than a few weeks behind the main surge) with the goal of reaching the Gulf and 70 F temps by Christmas.
Visit Chasing 70 if you’d like to hear the stories of rookies navigating locks and dam(n)s, hail and oh the dreadful wind and rain and other challenges. And if you know any ‘loopers’ who make the trek up the east coast in spring, travel the Great Lakes in summer, and return to the Gulf through the Mississippi or Tennessee in fall, please pass the link along. They might have some good tips for these young adventurers.