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Long time Club member Gary Howlett passed away

2022-01-27 5:49 PM | News2 Coordinator (Administrator)

Sadly, Club member Gary Howlett passed away on January 19.  He was such a character and so helpful to others on the river.  He could maneuver his canoe in ways you wouldn't think possible.  When he was younger he did a trip to New Orleans via the Rock and Mississippi Rivers.  The log book has already been posted on another Club's website, so rather than duplicate it, here is the link.    He will be missed.


  • 2022-09-24 11:26 AM | Zachary Nauth
    I just got done reading the log book. What an amazing story. I was four years old in 1965, and it was just fascinating to read what a different world it was then for the generation before me. The journal is simple, but interesting and funny. I wish I had known Gary and got to ask him about this. I love how he ended up living in New Orleans for a few years after arriving there. These guys were made of strong stuff!
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