I like to imagine the rich root system of inspiration that serves as the foundation for any idea. Some are thick and strong, easily seen, easily credited with the strength and nutrients they provide. Some are thin and hidden, running so deep underground they’re harder to spot, but equally as important. 

I recognize that not all the little moments, interactions, and inspirations can ever be pin-pointed for any project. But I’ve enjoyed reflecting on what some of the more obvious sources have been for me when it comes to this project. This collection of posts will continue to grow as I relate my experiences from the past to the formation of this plan. 



Why? This is the first question people ask after learning that I’m paddling the length of the Columbia River. There isn’t one simple answer. This post is meant to help folks (me included) understand why. I will continue to add to this over time. Don’t read too much into the order of things. I haven’t. 

I made a list for myself when I was first drafting this project plan, back in February 2018. In my notebook it is titled “Why am I doing this?” Here are some of the items from that list:

  • I miss spending all day and all night outside.

  • I want to push myself (mentally, physically, as an artist, as someone with freedom)

  • to learn. to have a reason to spend a whole year researching a topic, reading and investigating

  • to connect with people along the way, people who are like me and unlike me. to hear stories.

  • to explore my personal connection to rivers, and the pull of the sea.

— posts are coming, promise —