When John Muir came ashore in San Francisco in 1868 and asked for the quickest route out of town,
the question he got was simple: “To where?”

“ANYWHERE THAT'S WILD,” he responded.

That same principle guides what we seek at Gotham Canoe: Visions of the wild, wherever it is. From the schist boulders in Central Park to the trout streams of Patagonia. And that towering oak in your own front yard.



Gotham Canoe is a forum for writing, with a bent toward the outdoors—or at least toward what is wild within. It revels in close observation and believes that natural wonders abound within towns and cities, not just in the faraway. Thoreau, after all, took the most exotic of paddles on rivers just steps from his front door. Gotham Canoe is the creation of Neil King, a veteran reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal and other publications. A Colorado native, Neil lives a mile from the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC but spends summers, when he can, on the outer edge of Cape Breton Island. His scribblings will flow into the site, but as its sole editor, he is open to submissions from others of similar mind.