A Trip Down The Milwaukee
My trip down the Milwaukee river starts in West Bend.
From there the river meanders
Through farmland and small towns.
80 miles to the harbor and Lake Michigan.
Most of the townsfolk I meet
Never explore the river beyond the bridges, parks, and other access points.
The stretches of the Milwaukee I seek lay hidden to most.
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The Idea For The Movie
The idea for this journey began a few years back
Stuck in my life
I had lost faith.
I wandered one day down to the river
Only a 5 minute walk away.
I started to fish it.
I wade beyond the access points.
I get a kayak and paddled up and down stream.
The river I discovered challenged my perception of the Milwaukee as a muddy river.
I find instead a rocky bottom with gardens of vegetation
Perfect habitat for fat smallmouth bass or its nemesis the pike.
These forays on the river became my mission. And this mission, in simple terms, saved my life.
Consider this story a celebration…
Rivers like the Milwaukee
Are more than something pretty to look at when we cross over them.
They are more than a muddy torrent
That sometimes rises angrily beyond its bank.
They have flown past us since the beginning of time
And too often their real value is hidden from public view.
I desired to have the deepest understanding of this river. To feel one with it.
To use this journey to conquer the funk that had me stuck.