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Maddy and friends show up on a scavenger hunt from the History Museum

Maddy and friends show up on a scavenger hunt from…

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Clyde searches for treasures that had washed out of the riverbanks

Clyde was motor about in a tiny boat with his…

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The mysterious Party Yacht Wall on the American River

The mysterious Party Yacht Wall on the American River

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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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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

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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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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Behind the wheel of an early 80s Ford pickup to breakfast in Colusa thanks to Mike

Behind the wheel of an early 80s Ford pickup to…

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ABC10 out of Sacramento has us do stupid human boating tricks for an extensive report about the Secret History project

ABC10 out of Sacramento has us do stupid human boating…

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Shantyboat beached in beautiful historic Colusa

Shantyboat beached in beautiful historic Colusa

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Benzy’s patches to our meece-eaten screens probably saved us

Benzy's patches to our meece-eaten screens probably saved us from…

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Happy and exhausted after an amazing day shantyboating with great friends

Happy and exhausted after an amazing day shantyboating with great…

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After a morning dodging snags and gravel beds through a series of hazardous and scary ordeals…

After a morning dodging snags and gravel beds through a…

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Breakfast birthday blackberry shantyboat pie! Yes, we have an oven

Breakfast birthday blackberry shantyboat pie! Yes, we have an oven

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Benzy catches a sizable striper

Benzy catches a sizable striper

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Joe Lorenzo known around here as just Riverrat owns the boat that partly inspired the Secret History shantyboat

Joe Lorenzo known around here as just Riverrat owns the…

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Al brings us fresh vegetables from his garden as we interview his friend Mike

Al brings us fresh vegetables from his garden as we…

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Mike Frawley retired contractor in Princeton tells us about idyllic life in a tiny town of 400

Mike Frawley retired contractor in Princeton tells us about idyllic…

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Cocktail hour after a great interview with Caged Heat and Dr Thunder’s hella Peachy Fire Whiskey. Great day

Cocktail hour after a great interview with Caged Heat and…

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A tailgate ride from a stranger down America’s dustiest road

A tailgate ride from a stranger down America's dustiest road

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A moment of blissful relaxation between moments of terror

A moment of blissful relaxation between moments of terror

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Spoiler alert: We are still alive. Just went through the sketchiest bit of boating I’ve done in a ten year career of sketchy boating

Spoiler alert: We are still alive. Just went through the…

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Cocktail hour refuge from the sun in the shadow of the shantyboat. JG Ballard’s The Drowned World

Cocktail hour refuge from the sun in the shadow of…

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“Yeah, we did see some gravel beds. How did you know?

"Yeah, we did see some gravel beds. How did you…

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Anchor line set disappearing into the green depths while we fish from the stern

Anchor line set disappearing into the green depths while we…

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Green on green on green on green

Green on green on green on green

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Shantyboat ready for a morning launch

Shantyboat ready for a morning launch

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Our Official Engine Provider Mercury Marine’s next new ad photo

Our Official Engine Provider Mercury Marine's next new ad photo

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Morning fishing with Benzy

Morning fishing with Benzy

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Sara Jane Hall, BBC producer joined us on the first few days of the expedition @bbc

Sara Jane Hall, BBC producer joined us on the first…

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Dave: “You got water in your fuel, Chief.”

Dave: "You got water in your fuel, Chief." Not a…

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Amy, who finds herself homeless after being laid off as a dental tech, was excited about the tiny house possibilities of the shantyboat

Amy, who finds herself homeless after being laid off as…

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Mobile mechanic Dave works on Freddy2

Mobile mechanic Dave works on Freddy2

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Mobile mechanic Dave’s high tech tools

Mobile mechanic Dave's high tech tools

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Sara Jane Hall interviews Sheriff Chad about Red Bluff history

Sara Jane Hall interviews Sheriff Chad about Red Bluff history

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The saddest boat trailering experience ever. Sad face

The saddest boat trailering experience ever. Sad face

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Still stuck in Red Bluff. Sad face

Still stuck in Red Bluff. Sad face

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Successful lunch on the Sacramento River

Successful lunch on the Sacramento River

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We are camped under beautiful cooling oaks and sycamores in 135 degree heat 50 feet from the Sac River

We are camped under beautiful cooling oaks and sycamores in…

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Secret History exhibit at the Sacramento History Museum through July

Secret History exhibit at the Sacramento History Museum through July

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Sac River maps arrived at the last minute! So fun to see every little slough, channel, and marina

Sac River maps arrived at the last minute! So fun…

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Important last minute printing tasks. Leave your river story at the Secret History exhibit at the Sacramento History Museum in July

Important last minute printing tasks. Leave your river story at…

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Water spigot! On the shantyboat

Water spigot! On the shantyboat

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3 days and getting there

3 days and getting there

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Jeremiah puts the finishing touches on the new instrument panel

Jeremiah puts the finishing touches on the new instrument panel

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Benzy sews up the meese holes in our screens

Benzy sews up the meese holes in our screens

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Miah wires up our homemade wiring post for gauge panel

Miah wires up our homemade wiring post for gauge panel

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Making big holes in the motor well to bolt on the new motor. @mercurymarine

Making big holes in the motor well to bolt on…

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After years of effort to make sure our motor well was sealed I am cutting a huge hole in it

After years of effort to make sure our motor well…

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Steering: check. Throttle: check. Shift: check. Battery: check. Controls: check. Freddy2 ready for action. @mercurymarine

Steering: check. Throttle: check. Shift: check. Battery: check. Controls: check.…

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Oh nothing much. Just routing cables within Freddy2’s guts

Oh nothing much. Just routing cables within Freddy2's guts

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Making holes in a perfectly good boat with a clever jig

Making holes in a perfectly good boat with a clever…

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James and Wes rewiring (turns out unnecessarily) the new MerController

James and Wes rewiring (turns out unnecessarily) the new MerController

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MerControl2 wired up for new power. Good day of work w Benzy, James & Miah

MerControl2 wired up for new power. Good day of work…

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Setting in supplies thanks to a pretty sweet sponsorship

Setting in supplies thanks to a pretty sweet sponsorship

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Studying up on the new Mercury parts from our Official Engine Provider

Studying up on the new Mercury parts from our Official…

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Dirty, covered in paint and epoxy after a full day of working on the shantyboat

Dirty, covered in paint and epoxy after a full day…

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Miah revarnishes the battered rub rail

Miah revarnishes the battered rub rail

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Benzy works on her thesis among the chaos of shantyboat work

Benzy works on her thesis among the chaos of shantyboat…

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New shantyboat kitchen faucet assembled

New shantyboat kitchen faucet assembled

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We had a problem with the hold doors on the shantyboat always creeping open. Magnets

We had a problem with the hold doors on the…

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Steffan welds plumbing we’re using for the faucet

Steffan welds plumbing we're using for the faucet

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Decommissioning the old MerControl on the shantyboat

Decommissioning the old MerControl on the shantyboat

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The untidy state of the shantyboat between journeys

The untidy state of the shantyboat between journeys

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Not seen the new Secret History trailer yet? Check it out!

Not seen the new Secret History trailer yet? Check it…

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Only 5 days left: $3230 still to go! Great rewards.

Only 5 days left: $3230 still to go! Great rewards.…

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Weird things afoot – cutting into the shelves for a crossbeam to support the extended loft

Weird things afoot - cutting into the shelves for a…

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Yesterday moved half a ton of brush to make room for the shantyboat

Yesterday moved half a ton of brush to make room…

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Wes futzes with the shantyboat electrical system

Wes futzes with the shantyboat electrical system (photo by @dudicusmaximus)

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Another day spent under the decks of the shantyboat-full system shutoff relay

Another day spent under the decks of the shantyboat-full system…

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Miah replaces aging bike tube shelfkeepers. Now stuff won’t rain down on us constantly @dudicusmaximus

Miah replaces aging bike tube shelfkeepers. Now stuff won't rain…

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What is Miah doing on the shantyboat?

What is Miah doing on the shantyboat?

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Only 2 weeks left of the Secret History @Kickstarter &…

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Testing the new shantyboat water system

Testing the new shantyboat water system

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The continuing Surprising Things The Mouse Ate series

The continuing Surprising Things The Mouse Ate series

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