The Thalweg: Of boats, rivers and obsessions

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.