In November, C&K Associate Editor Dave Shively and Art Director Robert Zaleski paddled more than 100 miles on the great Mississippi River from Helena, Arkansas to Arkansas City. Along the way they dodged whirlpools and barges, camped on the expansive sandy beaches left from the receding water and most importantly, met some iconic characters. Here Shively and Zaleski interview Mississippi River guide John Ruskey of the Quapaw Canoe Company. Ruskey beautifully articulates the way most paddlers feel about river life. Filmed and edited by Robert Zaleski.