Rock climbing with some friends at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas.

"We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don’t," says slam poet and teacher Clint Smith. A short, powerful piece from the heart, about finding the courage to speak up against ignorance and injustice.

White River, Arkansas - that’s one pretty river.

The Poor Man’s Yacht


“The canoe is coming to the front, and canoeing is gaining rapidly in popular favor, in spite of the disparaging remark that ‘a canoe is a poor man’s yacht.’ The canoe editor of Forest and Stream pertinently says, ‘We may as properly call a bicycle ‘the poor man’s express train.” But, suppose it is the poor man’s yacht? Are we to be debarred from aquatic sports because we are not rich? And are we such weak flunkies as to be ashamed of poverty? Or to attempt shams and subterfuges to hid it? For myself, I freely accept the imputation. In common with nine-tenths of my fellow citizens I am poor—and the canoe is my yacht, as it would be were I a millionaire. We are a nation of many millions, and comparatively few of us are rich enough to support a yacht, let alone the fact that not one man in fifty lives near enough to yachting waters to make such an acquisition desirable—or feasible, even. It is different with the canoe. A man like myself may live in the backwoods, a hundred miles from a decent sized inland lake, and much further from the sea coast, and yet be an enthusiastic canoeist.”

- Nessmuk -

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And with that, I head off to the Buffalo River…

This is exactly how I wake up every morning.

This is exactly how I wake up every morning.

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Heirs to the World


“You never enjoy the world aright, till the Sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars: and perceive yourself to be the sole heir of the whole world, and more than so, because men are in it who are every one sole heirs as well as you.”

- WJ Turner -