In the Summer of 1990 Allen Johnson accomplished a life-long dream by hiking and canoeing the entire 500-mile length of the Wabash River. He and his 10-year-old grandson, Paul, spent 16 days on the river, dragging their canoe over shoals, fightingMoreIn the Summer of 1990 Allen Johnson accomplished a life-long dream by hiking and canoeing the entire 500-mile length of the Wabash River. He and his 10-year-old grandson, Paul, spent 16 days on the river, dragging their canoe over shoals, fighting raging rapids, weathering 14-hour-long lightning storms and winddriven whitecaps to conquer the mighty Wabash.
Allen was born and raised on the Wabash in Southern Illinois. He fished, camped, and hunted on the banks of the river with his dad when he was growing up. Thirty years later he decided to challenge the river.p Ouabache Adventure -- Canoeing The Wabash chronicles the daily pleasures, surprises and hardships that Allen and Paul encountered during their incredible adventure.
The trip was planned as a physical adventure and an educational experience. The Johnsons started their trip near Fort Recovery, Ohio where Tecumseh, Blue Jacket, and Little Turtle defeated General Harmars army in 1790, General St.
Clairs army in 1791, and fought with General Mad Anthony Waynes army in 1794. As the Johnsons canoed the river through Indiana, they traced the travels of the French-Canadian voyageurs who carried supplies to the Indian trading posts in the early 1700s. Allen and Paul visited remnants of the Wabash and Erie Canal, 2,000 year-old Indian mounds, and pioneer settlements on their journey to Shawneetown, Illinois.p Allen and Paul paddled one-quarter-million- strokes, encountering hundreds of ducks, geese, herons, deer, muskrats, and turtles.
They camped and fished from the banks of the river and met a diverse cross-section of river people. Allen weaves a tale of adventure, history, and humor into a delightful package.