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Michael Waterford

Michael Waterford

Michael Waterford was born and raised in Bloomington. He spends his time traveling and writing. Between expeditions he manages his team of explorers, the The Mountain Folk, and works to create the greatest outdoor adventures around. His travels have taken him around the world twice, down the length of the Mississippi River, across deserts, over mountain ranges, and to six continents. “Travel and exploration is the great educator and equalizer,” he says. “It’s best that we try to utilize it.”

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From Source to Sea on the Mississippi — in a Canoe

In 2013, adventurer Michael Waterford tried canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River. “It didn’t go well,” he says. But he got hooked on paddling, and in June he’s attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi in record-setting time. Follow his progress on Limestone Post, and read about his earlier, ill-fated trip here.

Outfitted: Fastpacking, the ‘Sexy Hybrid’ of Trail Running and Backpacking

Adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford says the best way to see more fauna and foliage on long-distance trails is by fastpacking — the “sexy hybrid” of trail running and backpacking. Calling fastpacking “the stripped-down, all-out pursuit of mileage in the forest,” he offers these tips for your first fastpacking trip. Click here to read the full story.

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The Best Southern Indiana Waterways for Paddling Fun

Almost year-round, people canoe and kayak on southern Indiana’s rivers. From family trips to technical paddles, day trips to weekend excursions, lazy rivers to party trips, there’s an option for nearly everyone. Adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford reveals his favorite paddling trips for a variety of styles and skill levels. Click here to read the full story.

Destination Small Town: Vevay, a Small Town with Big Wine

Older than the state itself, Vevay, Indiana, was home of the first successful commercial winery in the United States. The town is also built for tourists — in the best possible way. Its 1,600 residents put on 16 festivals annually. Their flagship event, the Swiss Wine Festival, is August 25-28. Besides, how many towns have a song named after them? Click here to read the full story.

New Pekin, Ind., Has ‘Oldest’ 4th of July Celebration in the Nation

Every year since 1830, a small town in southern Indiana has celebrated the 4th of July, making it what the townspeople (and The Library of Congress) say is the “Oldest Consecutive 4th of July Celebration in the Nation.” Writer Michael Waterford looks into this event, which rivals those in towns hundreds of times its size. Click here to read the full story.

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Outfitted: Paddling the Lakes and Rivers of Southern Indiana

Adventure-travel writer, outfitter, and explorer of the unknown, Michael Waterford says some of the best excursions can be had in southern Indiana. In this introduction to paddling, he offers suggestions on how to get on local lakes and rivers. It’s the first step, he says, to saving them. Click here to read the full story.

Destination Small Town: Old World Germany in Oldenburg

In our newest series, Destination Small Town, adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford explores intriguing places in Indiana. His first trip is to "ludicrously pleasant” Oldenburg. With Germanic heritage, a historic convent, and two restaurants on the Southeastern Indiana Chicken Tour (yes, it's a real thing), Oldenburg is a fantastic weekend getaway. Click here to read the full story.

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