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Back in the Same Boat

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Way back in 1999 — before Facebook, broadband, and the ascendency of “Lord Google” — Farwell Forrest and I began writing In the Same Boat, a weekly column for what was then the newly launched canoeing and kayaking website Paddling.net. Our column was published every Tuesday for the better part of two decades, and while our articles covered a broad range of topics, the unifying theme was always the many joys (and occasional travails) of messing about in small, no‑octane boats.

Nothing lasts forever, and we wrote our last column for Paddling.net — it was Paddling.com by then — on August 29, 2017. That wasn’t the end of In the Same Boat, however: On the following Saturday we happily shifted our mooring to our independent website, Back in the Same Boat. Our old columns have traveled with us, and a bibliography of all 900+ is right here in the Backlist. We like to think of the Backlist as In the Same Boat: The Collector’s Edition. For nine months we continued writing new weekly articles from our new berth, and each week we brought older articles up to date. What you’ll fine here on this page is a chronological bibliography to all the In the Same Boat articles published since our relaunch, as well as links to our backlist.

Welcome aboard! And remember, we’re all in the same boat.

— Tamia Nelson

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In the Same Boat Articles in 2017

September 2017

  • Past Is Prologue: In the Same Boat is Coming Back, by Tamia Nelson, 2 September 2017


October 2017

  • In the Same Boat Is Back! To Make an End Is to Make a Beginning, by Tamia Nelson, 31 October 2017

November 2017

  • How Not to Die of Hypothermia, by Tamia Nelson, 3 November 2017
  • Ten Times Two, Plus One: Revisiting the “Ten Essentials”, by Tamia Nelson, 7 November 2017
  • Is There Any Such Thing as the Ultimate List?, by Tamia Nelson, 10 November 2017
  • Five Things You Can’t Buy, From Curiosity to Confidence, by Farwell Forrest, 14 November 2017
  • Five More Things You Can’t Buy, From Patience to Joy, by Farwell Forrest, 17 November 2017
  • SameBoat Shorts: Can Three Minutes Change Your Life? Why Not Find Out?, by Tamia Nelson, 21 November 2017
  • From Soup to Nuts: Foods to Take Along or Eat at Home, by Tamia Nelson, 24 November 2017
  • SameBoat Shorts: Starting Out or Coming Back? You’ve come to the Right Place, by Tamia Nelson, 28 November 2017

December 2017

  • The Match Game: The Art of Picking Paddling Partners, by Tamia Nelson, 1 December 2017
  • SameBoat Shorts: Choosing a Guru: How to Tell a Good Teacher From the Other Kind, by Farwell Forrest, 5 December 2017
  • A Paddlers’ Code of Conduct: Everybody Pitches In, and Nobody Gets Left Behind, by Tamia Nelson, 8 December 2017
  • SameBoat Shorts: Which Boat is Best for You?, by Tamia Nelson, 12 December 2017
  • What’s in a Name? How to Know a Canoe When You See One, by Farwell Forrest, 15 December 2017
  • SameBoat Shorts: What Will Your Next Boat Be Made Of?, by Tamia Nelson, 19 December 2017
  • The Case for a Used Boat, by Tamia Nelson, 22 December 2017
  • The Last Chickadee: A Winter’s Tale, by Tamia Nelson, 26 December 2017
  • Drummers in the Wall: A Winter’s Tale, by Tamia Nelson, 29 December 2017


In the Same Boat Articles in 2018


January 2018

  • SameBoat Shorts: A Line on Rope, by Tamia Nelson, 3 January 2018
  • Boyz in the Woods: Coyote Tells It Like It Is, by Tamia Nelson, 5 January 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: The Bowline, by Tamia Nelson, 9 January 2018
  • A Stitch in Time: Mending Rents With a Herringbone, by Tamia Nelson, 12 January 2018
  • Knots to Know: The Figure-Eight Loop, by Tamia Nelson, 16 January 2018
  • Getting Around: When It’s Time to Punt, by Tamia Nelson, 16 January 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: On Becoming an Expert, by Farwell Forrest, 23 January 2018
  • Kicking the Bucket List: A Declaration of Independence, by Farwell Forrest, 26 January 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: They’re Called Life Jackets for a Reason!, by Tamia Nelson, 30 January 2018

February 2018

  • Kicking the Bucket List: In Defense of Serendipity, by Farwell Forrest, 2 February 2018
  • Bottom Lines: What You Can Tell From a Boat’s Body, by Farwell Forrest, 6 February 2018
  • Devices and Desires: Have I Got a Tweet for You!, by Farwell Forrest, 9 February 2018
  • Easy Rocker: You Don’t Always Want to Go Straight, Do You? by Farwell Forrest, 13 February 2018
  • Self-Reliance Revisited: Why Does the Slave Embrace His Chains?, by Farwell Forrest, 16 February 2018
  • The Hull Truth: Long and Lean or Short and Fat? And Does it Matter?, by Farwell Forrest, 20 February 2018
  • Batteries Not Included: The Virtues of Simplicity, by Farwell Forrest, 23 February 2018
  • Naming the Parts: The Open Canoe, by Tamia Nelson, 27 February 2018

March 2018

  • Starting Out in Canoeing: A Canoe for All Reasons, by Farwell Forrest, 2 March 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: Outfitting Your New Canoe, by Farwell Forrest, 6 March 2018
  • In Praise of the Pack Canoe, by Tamia Nelson, 9 March 2018
  • Voyages of Discovery: A Missouri River Odyssey, by Tyler Higgins, 13 March 2018
  • On Keeping a Journal: Fixing Images on the Emulsion of Memory, by Tamia Nelson, 16 March 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: What Makes a Good Paddle Good?, by Farwell Forrest, 20 March 2018
  • Learning to See: Happy Are the Painters, by Tamia Nelson, 23 March 2018
  • The Perfect Boat and the If-Only Trap, by Farwell Forrest, 27 March 2018

April 2018

  • Tippy Canoe? No Problem! Here Are Two Rules to Keep You Dry, by Tamia Nelson, 3 April 2018
  • Lighten Up! A Portaging Primer, by Tamia Nelson, 10 April 2018
  • Canoeists’ Wheels: Merrily We Roll Along, by Farwell Forrest, 17 April 2018
  • Solo or Tandem—What’s Your Pleasure?, by Farwell Forrest, 24 April 2018

May 2018

  • Twenty-One Ways to Get Away From It All: The Low-Octane Alternative, by Tamia Nelson, 1 May 2018
  • SameBoat Shorts: The Wooden Boat Mystique, by Farwell Forrest, 8 May 2018
  • The Dreamer of Mallmart: A Dialogue, by Tamia Nelson, 11 May 2018
  • The Art of the Miniature Adventure: How To Get Away From It All and Still Be Back on Monday, by Farwell Forrest, 15 May 2018
  • Purposeful Paddling: Go With Me! The Waterborne Naturalist’s Vade Mecum, by Tamia Nelson, 18 May 2018
  • The Art of the Miniature Adventure: Life in the Slow Lane, by Farwell Forrest, 22 May 2018
  • Secret Waters: In Praise of Ponds, by Tamia Nelson, 25 May 2018
  • The Art of the Miniature Adventure: On (and Off) the Water, by Farwell Forrest, 25 May 2018

June 2018

  • Secrets of the Escape Artist: Ten Steps to Adventure, by Tamia Nelson, 5 June 2018

That’s all folks! We’re on sabbatical working on new projects. Will we return to writing columns here? Time will tell. Be that as it may, you can always drop us a line through our Contact page. We’re always happy to hear from the folks who’ve been with us in the same boat all this time, and even if we don’t answer right away, we will get back to you.

Tamia Nelson & Farwell Forrest are In the Same Boat - (c) Tamia Nelson/Verloren Hoop Productions