About Overland Canoe

[Note:  This site is a work in progress.  Suggestions and inquiries are welcome.]

Bryce Cordes is the director and expedition leader of Overland Canoe – a moniker that is a catch-all for the lengthy adventurous journeys he has made by canoe, pack-burro and backpack through North America. Among his major undertakings he has canoed across the U.S. from Pacific to Atlantic, hiked with pack-burros from Sacramento, California, to Calgary, Alberta, canoed across Canada from Calgary to Quebec, and canoed the Yukon River from its source to the Bering Sea.   This site is an introduction to his adventures.

About Bryce Cordes

Born in Chicago, raised in Tujunga, a community in the northern foothills of Los Angeles, and currently living in Placerville in the rural Sierra foothills of northern California, Bryce is a naturalist and an adventurer at heart.  As a science teacher, he has positively impacted many young students with his passion for nature and his narratives of wilderness travels.

As a youth Bryce recalls “Growing up in Tujunga there were only two houses between my home and the endless wild of the San Gabriel mountains, so I spent every opportunity I had hiking and exploring those mountains.  My experiences as a youngster on my grandfather’s farm in Michigan, as a boy scout, and my time in the mountains of Tujunga had large influences on me.  From my father, a chemical engineer, I learned the discipline of hard science and my mother, a teacher and animal lover, instilled in me a compassion for all life and a deep appreciation of the natural world.”

A Vietnam veteran, Bryce subsequently earned an A.A. degree from Glendale Community College in southern California, a B.A. in Biology and teaching credential from CSU Sacramento, and an M.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University.  As a career science teacher he has primarily taught biology and natural history at the high school level, but he has also enlightened young minds in chemistry, physics, physical science, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy along the way.

4 Responses to “About Overland Canoe”

  1. Ann Hamlin January 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Bryce, amazing and fascinating reading. What phenomenal adventures! Well narrated, gorgeous pictures!! What’s next?

  2. Overland Canoe February 3, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Hi ya Snap! Thank you for commenting. This site is a work in progress so comments and ideas are much appreciated. I’ve taken a short break to copy journals and slides. I have a couple of shorter but challenging adventures planned starting this summer.


  3. Richard Dale Hamlin May 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm #


    Where do I sign up for the Lewis & Clark journey…………..?
    I am saving my pennies..!

    • Overland Canoe May 27, 2013 at 6:03 am #


      Pennies are a start. We’ll talk in San Luis Obispo over many margaritas.

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