The Thalweg: Of boats, rivers and obsessions

03282019 - The San Juan River in southern Utah.

Editor’s note: Thalweg is a frequent blog about boats and the waters we float. It’s composed by TU Senior Producer Josh Duplechian and Tim Romano, an award-winning photographer.

Obsessions are born from experiences, and often fed by insatiable curiosity. Quiet nights spent studying while weekday lunch breaks leave many daydreaming.

One could say I have a healthy obsession with rivers. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think about the sounds, sights and smells of a river. The love of being on a river is shown directly, not only in my photographs, but also in trip planning with family and friends. Hell, I’ve even convinced someone to let me make a career out of protecting rivers. 

My wife, Molly, once told me wherever we choose to live or play, as long as there was water, she was happy. It’s a simple thought but if you think about it, she’s correct. We continuously connect the best days we’ve shared as a family and as a couple to water. That first pull of the oars, the first fish of the day, the laughter and the first deep breath of crisp air is something I work to replicate over and over.

The San Juan River in southern Utah.

Enter Thalweg. In its simplest form it’s a digital equivalent of getting on someone else’s boat to see how they might do things. It’s a conversation about the places we’ve been, people we’ve met and tricks that those before us have shared to make our experiences down the natural direction of the river more robust.

By Josh Duplechian.