Larry Rice

The Single Life

Canoeists have undoubtedly noticed the following trend—we’re outnumbered. When Nantahala Outdoor Center, North America’s largest instructional canoe and kayak school, opened 42 years ago, canoeing courses significantly outnumbered kayaking....

Muddy Waters

“One has only matured in the sport of paddling when you can discover as much adventure in exploring a local swamp or marsh by canoe as running rapids or...

Wild Rice: Power To The Paddle

Paddles are like Rodney Dangerfield, they don’t get no respect. We spend days, months, even years, pondering what type of canoe to buy. Then, when it comes time to...

Why I’m No Longer Opposed To Blowup Boats

The first time I took on Oregon’s wild and scenic Rogue River, I was in a solo hardshell open canoe, as were my boating buds. Self-supported, with camping gear...

Wildrice: Old Habits Diehard

I’m ringing in the New Year as I write this. And what a year it promises to be. Last year, I kept some of my paddling resolutions; the majority,...

Wild Rice: Canoeing on Seven Continents

This article originally appeared in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine. I really don’t know what made me want to explore the world, let alone in a canoe.
 I grew up in...

Those (Im)Perfect Days

Last summer, I happened across a magazine article, lyrically penned and lavishly illustrated, extolling a perfect day of living large in the great outdoors. To my delight, the piece...

Almanac of Change

Aldo Leopold was a man who wore many hats: writer, philosopher, forester, professor, wildlife manager. And canoeist. Born in Iowa in 1887, and a graduate of Yale’s School of...

Deliver Me From Ego

It was spring, 1975. I drove south with a handful of friends from Chicago to tackle the raging river that author and poet James Dickey had mythologized a few...