I have a column in the paper, at least for the first part of this week, about paddling my canoe up White Rock Creek. I know what you're thinking. "So why haven't you been fired?" No, listen. It has a lot of important stuff in it. I hat-cammed it, so there's a video that's even more boring than the ... More >>
Last week I was telling you how the city's so-called "white water feature," the fake kayak rapids they built in the Trinity River three years ago, is still there and still stupid, sitting out in the middle of the river like giant petrified elephant poop that nobody knows what to do with. Yesterday, ... More >>
The person who shares living quarters with me is a Dallas native who lets out a small yelp whenever she comes across a mention in the media she thinks is insulting to Dallas. I'm a carpetbagger. I don't even notice. This morning's offending mention was in The New York Times and included the phrases ... More >>
Urban Explorers are ignoring history and unearthing real nature in Dallas. Now it's your turn to follow the trail they've blazed.
Hop in the canoe with Schutze as he cries himself down the river.
Special thanks to those who made 2011 so very, very special.
Over the holiday weekend I spent a few very enjoyable hours on the Trinity River with Trinity Rivers Expeditions outfitter and canoe guide Charles Allen. We paddled from Trinity River Mountain Creek Preserve near the intersection of Walton Walker and IH-30 in Irving to the Sylvan Avenue Bridge i ... More >>
How long has it been since we heard rain on the roof like Sunday night's downpour -- blowing, battering, crashing off the eaves? I stared out the kitchen window and wondered where the water went after it left my driveway. Maybe I always wonder that. Sunday night on the 10 o'clock news there ... More >>
Conceptual rendering, meet The Real ThingFor now, at least, you can forget about the city spending an additional five figures to study the Dallas Wave, which Schutze calls in this week's paper version of Unfair Park "the unbelievably screwed-up man-made kayaking rapids" in the Trinity River. No d ... More >>
The man who warned of danger at the city's Trinity whitewater park gets sold downriver.
I have been dealing with both the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in recent weeks seeking answers to questions about the "Dallas Wave" or "Standing Wave" man-made rapids that the city has installed in the Trinity River just downriver from downtown. It was intended to be a recreation ... More >>
Photos by Leslie MinoraCharles Allen gives Trinity canoe tours extraspecially early to avoid the unbearable afternoon heat.This morning, Charles Allen, who runs Trinity River Expeditions, pulled his white 15-passenger van into the parking of the Sylvan Avenue boat ramp, positioning the bulky ... More >>
Should have seen this one coming. Hope it's not my own fault. On Monday I reported here that the city is going to spend some $76,000 to have its screwed-up and unusable fake rapids in the Trinity River digitally modeled by an engineering company that builds sewage treatment plants. That's ho ... More >>
Somewhere in the saga of the Dallas Wave, formerly known as the Standing Wave, there is sanity. Things happen for a reason. I take this as an article of faith, but my faith is sorely tested by the wave. The standing wave is a manmade rapids in the Trinity River downriver from downtown that t ... More >>
Thank goodness. Finally reached Judy Schmidt, marketing director for the city's Trinity River Corridor Project, to ask about tomorrow's grand opening of the Trinity River Paddling Trail. I had been trying to reach her since last week to ask if she was going to warn people they might be killed. Bu ... More >>
The city spent millions on a kayaking park that almost no one can use -- and the money's still flowing.
The city of Dallas sent out a lovely little notice earlier this week inviting people of the canoe paddling ilk -- which would be me -- to attend the opening of the Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail, a canoe "path" on the Trinity River, established as part of a statewide system of canoe trails. T ... More >>
Photo by Elliot KaiserA narrow diversion channel on the Trinity where the city is building a whitewater parkWhen David Driskill, his son and three buddies decided to canoe and kayak down the Trinity River on August 7, they were prepared for any challenge the river might throw at them. What they w ... More >>
Trinity River Expedition's Charles Allen was Julia Barton's guide for her Weekend America story over the weekend. Ten years ago, former Dallas Observer contributor Julia Barton wrote on Salon about the giant ball of flaming space rock that destroyed Dallas -- c'mon, you don't remember NBC's Asteroid ... More >>
An ancient Indian skeleton has local officials trying to pass the buck
Kill the river plan, save the river