Defined Rivers II

As noted earlier, Eau Claire has two rivers running through it, the most noted one being the Chippewa, the other being one of the three Eau Claire Rivers in Wisconsin. You tell the three apart by noting which river they are a tributary of. Our Eau Claire river is the Eau Claire River (tributary of the Chippewa).

Our Eau Claire River gets it’s start about 40 miles east of here with it’s headwaters stretching a further twenty or so miles towards the north-east. The section of Wisconsin that the Eau Claire river flows through has a lot of sandy soils and piney woods, and not a lot of people in it. There are a few farms in places where the soils are suitable, and a fair number of vacation cabins, especially around Lake Eau Claire which was formed by damming the river in 1937. Just outside Eau Claire there’s a second dam that forms lake Altoona, which has year round homes on it and is a popular spot for boating in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. As shown in the photos the final stretch of the river from Lake Altoona to it’s confluence with the Chippewa River flows through a heavily wooded and steeply banked ravine.

”Poll: Americans united on a slew of issues, despite contentious election season”

Most of the news, and especially the political news, isn’t worth reading. They don’t ask questions that are worth looking into and by the end of the piece you end up more confused than you were at the beginning. So, I, mostly, don’t even bother with the news these days. But, I stumbled across this piece at Politico, looking at issue based polling and where American’s “stand” these days and was pleasantly surprised that it was actually quite informative.

“Overall I think Americans want not to be divided as politics are forcing it to be, and that’s probably the biggest message of this poll,” said John Shattuck, director of the Carr Center’s project on Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States and a former U.S. assistant secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. “

Coffee Outside: The O’ Fuck, Hornets! Episode.

I was going to do some coffee outside action at Carson Park this morning and so I got the Bridge Club loaded up with my coffee fixings, stopped by Qwick Trip for a cinnamon roll, and then rolled the couple miles down to Carson Park. All was good in the world as I was setting up and getting everything “just so” until I heard one of the folks at a picnic table a ways down from me let out a yelp. Turns out a member of their party stepped in a nest of ground dwelling hornets. After making sure I wasn’t needed for first aid purposes and noticing that there were definitely some hornets buzzing around I decided it would be best to continue my roll down to Randall Park. So, that’s a picture of my bike, loaded up with coffee fixings, at Randal Park that you’re looking at.

That’s a Sugarloaf bag on the front of my bike. It’s designed to work with a Wald Basket, but will work just fine without the basket as long as the bottom’s supported and you have something to latch the sides to. Grabbing the link for it just now it looks like the price has gone up and personally, while I like the bag, I wouldn’t pay that kind of money for it.


Older voters were the core support for President Trump in 2016 and this time around it looks like a sizable chunk that support is going over to Biden. Which has me wondering: with all the vitriol that’s been hurled at brown and gay people over the last 4 years, and with the chances that if you were born after 1940 and have grandkids that at least a couple of those grandchildren are brown skinned and/or out and gay, are those older voters are looking at their grandkids and saying hell no to the haters?

I don’t go in for Grand Theories. When voting I think people vote their worldview and what would help their family and friends. With the prevalence of mixed-race and openly gay people in the millennial and Z generations, and the current state of the nation, it would make sense that older voters would vote to protect their grandkids. But, are they actually doing this? I don’t know and it looks like no one in the political press is asking that question.

Defined by rivers

Eau Claire is a place defined by the rivers that flow through it. Our city logo features river and the bridges that carry us over them. Our parks and recreation center around them. If you visit from out of town, it wont be very long until we take you to “the river” and treat you to a formal introduction, as if you’re meeting a good friend of ours for the first time.

The Chippewa River

The Chippewa River flows south-westerly though northwestern and west central Wisconsin with the northern most reaches of it’s watershed near the border of Michigan’s upper peninsula. The Chippewa starts in pine barrens and swamp and meets farm country and mixed forests a little ways up stream of Eau Claire. The last 50 miles or so of the river between Eau Claire and the Mississippi runs slow and lazy and used to be traversed by paddle boats.

Good Post On The State Of Our Democracy

Not much going on around here at the moment. I haven’t been feeling well and the weather has turned cool and damp, so I’m staying inside and reading a lot. This post from today’s Guardian on the current fragile state of our democracy was a good, but somber, run down on where we’re at as a nation.

““It sounds outlandish to say that in an American election one party would refuse to admit the legitimacy of the result, but that’s very much where we are and all the rhetoric right now is about creating the atmospherics that would enable that kind of power grab on 4 November,” Rahman said.”