This Summer’s Expedition on the Sacramento River

In previous years, Modes has exhibited the project in the…

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Shantyboat full of visitors at Sac exhibition

Shantyboat full of visitors at Sac exhibition

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Fanny Ann’s Saloon in Old Town Sac, 5 stories of layered history and Californiana kitsch

Fanny Ann's Saloon in Old Town Sac, 5 stories of…

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Shantyboat encounters the cutest thing in the whole world

Shantyboat encounters the cutest thing in the whole world

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Dramatic bridge downtown Sacramento

Dramatic bridge downtown Sacramento

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Tell Us About Shantyboat Communities

Everywhere we go, we keep hearing that once upon a…

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Interview with Keith Turley, owner of Stingrayz Bar & Marina along the banks of the Sacramento River in Knights Landing

Interview with Keith Turley, owner of Stingrayz Bar & Marina…

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Shantyboat in the big city or pretty damn close. Chillin at Swabbies where pirate paraphernalia dominates

Shantyboat in the big city or pretty damn close. Chillin…

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Down past the confluence with the Feather River approaching Sac, the river broadens out into the big river we are used to from our adventures on the Mississippi and Tennessee

Down past the confluence with the Feather River approaching Sac,…

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Shantyboat on the wide Sacramento. Photo by Mike Garofalo

Shantyboat on the wide Sacramento. Photo by Mike Garofalo

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Shantyboat leaves Colusa. Photo by Mike Garofalo

Shantyboat leaves Colusa. Photo by Mike Garofalo

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Evening card tournament aboard the shantyboat

Evening card tournament aboard the shantyboat

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Benzy’s drawing of the shantyboat docked at Stingrayz in Knight’s Landing

Benzy's drawing of the shantyboat docked at Stingrayz in Knight's…

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Knight Landing Drawbridge under which we are docked that creaks and rumbles as cars pass all night long

Knight Landing Drawbridge under which we are docked that creaks…

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Closest Thing to Civilization Between Red Bluff and Sac

We’d been looking forward to our arrival in Colusa. Not…

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Hard at work on the Sacramento River

Hard at work on the Sacramento River

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“And, it should be added, many of the shanty-boat types were rascals who could turn with complete ease to chicken stealing, to selling patent medicine, to being fourth-rate actors, or even pretending to be preachers if it appeared that’s fire-and-brimstone sermon might bring in a nice collection.” From Steamboats on the Mississippi

"And, it should be added, many of the shanty-boat types…

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Huge catfish dinner thanks to Benzy’s newly acquired mad fishing skills

Huge catfish dinner thanks to Benzy's newly acquired mad fishing…

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The character of the river changes again

The character of the river changes again

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I’m getting the band back together. River hobos on the town

I'm getting the band back together. River hobos on the…

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The hot dry dusty town of Grimes reminds me of where I grew up with my grandparents

The hot dry dusty town of Grimes reminds me of…

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Hazel builds a little chuppah in the heat of the day

Hazel builds a little chuppah in the heat of the…

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Jeremiah spends the morning working a particularly tricky knot

Jeremiah spends the morning working a particularly tricky knot

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Fierce hunter Benzy. 24″ cat

Fierce hunter Benzy. 24" cat

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Ships hound headed south out of Colusa

Ships hound headed south out of Colusa

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We love that people frequently bring us homegrown veggies. Who brought us the peck of pickled peppers?

We love that people frequently bring us homegrown veggies. Who…

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Ships mate Jeremiah Daniels on his birthday, member of shantyboat crew on every expedition since 2014

Ships mate Jeremiah Daniels on his birthday, member of shantyboat…

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“County’s heritage from the ante-bellum South and states-rights sympathies”

"County's heritage from the ante-bellum South and states-rights sympathies" is…

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Night out at Colusa Bowl

Night out at Colusa Bowl

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Anthurium in the shantyboat. These civilizing touches are an important part of our wild journey

Anthurium in the shantyboat. These civilizing touches are an important…

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Association of Shantyboaters certification and various photos on the shantyboat

Association of Shantyboaters certification and various photos on the shantyboat

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Radio shelf, engine gauges, and tobacco shelf from top to bottom on the shantyboat

Radio shelf, engine gauges, and tobacco shelf from top to…

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