BC: Made with love... and in great anticipation of your triumphant return to the Great Platte River by your adoring friends and colleagues. Come home soon, we and the river miss you. -S.
FC: The Great Platte River | Field investigations with Sir David Bleakly, botanist, adventurer, history buff, epicure. | "To trace the history of a river, or a raindrop, as John Muir would have done, is also to trace the history of the soul..." -Gretel Ehrlich, "River History"
1: The Great Platte River Road "The grand corridor of America's westward expansion." -M. Mattes
3: “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” — Unknown
6: "What is a weed? | A plant whose virtues have not been discovered yet." -Emerson
7: Sir Bleakly in a rare moment of repose taken to consider lost sandbar Plot 21.
8: An unusual mode of travel, rarely used and only by the sternest adventurer.
10: "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright | Clockwise: Sir Bleakly investigates Phragmites australis that keeps vigil over this small island; Bedecked in field gear, Bleakly's enthusiasm shows in his preparedness and happy grin; Bleakly's global geopositioning assistant steals a shot of the celebrated botanist in deep contemplation.
13: NATURE | "Live in the sunshine. Swim the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson
14: “The wind nearly swept away our hopes that day of reaching Plot 27. But for teamwork, tenacity, and Bleakly's indomitable spirit, the data may never have been collected."
17: ADVENTURE: | The willingness to fearlessly sample the cuisine of Kearney, Nebraska
18: "Shit. We really can't do this without Bleakly." -Everyone
19: "Hey, what do you think Bleakly would call this one?" -Also Everyone