Dale Sanders, alias “Grey Beard Adventurer” has been an avid paddle, competitive spear-fisherman and outdoorsman in the field of aquatics all his adult life. He is retired now from a successful career in Parks and Recreation, which spanned six decades, thirty-seven years of which were with the Department of US Navy. He has a Masters Degree from Pepperdine University Malibu, California and continued his post graduate educational achievements in the field of Morale, Welfare and Recreation until he retired, and became a virtually full time volunteer/ staff member for the Wolf River Conservancy.


Dale's National and International titles include the acclaimed Athlete of the Year Award by the International Underwater Spearfishing Association; a past World Record - Underwater Breath Holding; and numerous USA and North American Continent Team and Individual spearfishing awards. He received the USA National Sports Foundation award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Administration, an only one of a kind awarded annually. He is an accomplished paddler and has sailed open seas in his personal quest or adventure. Dale is also an Internationally Certified Instructor in the field of Skin and SCUBA Diving. Often referred to as “River Rat” he is the only person known to have canoed the entire Wolf River from its source, Bakers Pond to the Mississippi in one continuous trip. He said one of his most memorable adventures was backpacking around the world with his wife for 35 years, but that “back-fired” because she “burned-out”.


Dale is currently serving as Director of Outreach for the Wolf River Conservancy (WRC). His future plans for this coming year are mostly centered around promoting Wolf River events and refining the Conservancy River Guide programs. A noteworthy recent paddling accomplishment was the blazing of the "New Trail" on the Wolf River, between Bateman Road and the City of Moscow, Tennessee. He is an accomplished photographer and prefers to share his works through the WRC website site and Face Book pages as well as on his Waters Less Traveled venues herein and on his Web Site link at: www.dalesanders.zenfolio.com.



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7495 photos, 235 videos

I find peace exploring, back woods, small streams and their confluence. My most inspiring photographs were shot while participating in such conditions. Many photographs displayed herein were literally taken in and around Waters Less Traveled, a theme I chosen to portray my works. I find joy in sharing images and reach out, wherever I can, hoping in some small way, to pass on a pictorial view of my experiences.

Poet, Wendell Berry best describes my life's philosophy: THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS

When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


All Photographs

Gray Beard Adventurer

203 photos
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Gray Beard Adventurer

My Favorite Photos

294 photos
Created 28-Feb-15
Modified 28-Feb-15
My Favorite Photos

Mississippi River Source to Sea Summer 2015

750 items
Created 18-Dec-15
Modified 18-Dec-15
Mississippi River Source to Sea Summer 2015

Dale Sanders Introduction Album

54 photos
Created 24-Aug-12
Modified 24-Aug-12
Dale Sanders Introduction Album

Bakers Ponds

97 items
Created 19-Nov-14
Modified 19-Nov-14
Bakers Ponds

Source, Bakers Pond - Blackjack Road Bridge -Wolf River

286 items
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Source, Bakers Pond - Blackjack Road Bridge -Wolf River

Black Jack Road - Pipeline #5 -Wolf River

27 photos
Created 1-Mar-14
Modified 1-Mar-14
Black Jack Road - Pipeline #5 -Wolf River

Pipe Line #5 - New Hwy. 72, Mississippi - Wolf River

82 photos
Created 1-Mar-14
Modified 1-Mar-14
Pipe Line #5 - New Hwy. 72, Mississippi - Wolf River

Wolf River New Hwy. 72, Michigan City Mississippi

79 items
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Wolf River New Hwy. 72, Michigan City Mississippi

Michigan City - LaGrange, Tennessee - Wolf River

201 items
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Michigan City - LaGrange, Tennessee - Wolf River

Wolf River La Grange - Bateman Road (Ghost Section)

433 items
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Wolf River La Grange - Bateman Road (Ghost Section)

Wolf River Bateman Road - Moscow, Tennessee (Lost Swamp)

313 items
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Wolf River Bateman Road - Moscow, Tennessee (Lost Swamp)

Wolf River Moscow - Rossville

95 photos
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Wolf River Moscow - Rossville

Wolf River Rossville - Collierville Arlington

82 items
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Wolf River Rossville - Collierville Arlington

Wolf River Collierville-Arlington Rd. to Houston Levee Rd

86 photos
Created 28-Feb-14
Modified 28-Feb-14
Wolf River Collierville-Arlington Rd. to Houston Levee Rd

Wolf River Houston Levee - Walnut Grove Road Boat Ramp

98 photos
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Wolf River Houston Levee - Walnut Grove Road Boat Ramp

Wolf river Walnut Grove Road Boat Ramp - Mud Island

46 photos
Created 1-Mar-14
Modified 1-Mar-14
Wolf river Walnut Grove Road Boat Ramp - Mud Island

Wolf river Germantown Pky. - Kennedy Park

30 photos
Created 18-Jun-14
Modified 18-Jun-14
Wolf river Germantown Pky. - Kennedy Park

Wolf River International Paper Raft Float

34 photos
Created 24-May-12
Modified 24-May-12
Wolf River International Paper Raft Float

Wolf River WRC Annual Guide Appreciation/ Training Full Moon Paddle

37 photos
Created 29-Oct-12
Modified 29-Oct-12
Wolf River WRC Annual Guide Appreciation/ Training Full Moon Paddle

WRC Service Projects

146 items
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
WRC Service Projects

Wolf River Conservancy Board Ghost River Paddle Trip, May 2013

24 photos
Created 20-May-13
Modified 20-May-13
Wolf River Conservancy Board Ghost River Paddle Trip, May 2013

Leatherwood Access on Wolf River

36 items
Created 1-Mar-15
Modified 1-Mar-15
Leatherwood Access on Wolf River

Mississippi River High Water on Crest Day - May 10, 2011

39 photos
Created 6-May-12
Modified 6-May-12
Mississippi River High Water on Crest Day - May 10, 2011

Wolf River Booklet

86 photos
Created 24-May-12
Modified 24-May-12
Wolf River Booklet

SUPAS Paddle on the Wolf River Ending Celebration

15 photos
Created 16-May-12
Modified 16-May-12
SUPAS Paddle on the Wolf River Ending Celebration

Grand Canyon Images

84 items
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Grand Canyon Images

US Fresh Water Nationals - 2014 - Spearfishing Lake Oahe

483 items
Created 3-Nov-14
Modified 3-Nov-14
US Fresh Water Nationals - 2014 - Spearfishing Lake Oahe

2012 USA Spearfishing Championships Albion, CA

500 photos
Created 16-Aug-12
Modified 16-Aug-12
2012 USA Spearfishing Championships Albion, CA

2010 USA National Spearfishing Arkansas

221 photos
Created 6-Jun-12
Modified 6-Jun-12
2010 USA National Spearfishing Arkansas

Old Spearfishing Awards

68 photos
Created 24-May-12
Modified 24-May-12
Old Spearfishing Awards

US Nationals Slideshow

49 photos
Created 26-Aug-12
Modified 26-Aug-12
US Nationals Slideshow

Bluff City Canoe Club Annual Mississippi River Paddle November, 2013

54 photos
Created 17-Dec-15
Modified 17-Dec-15
Bluff City Canoe Club Annual Mississippi River Paddle November, 2013

Cairo - Memphis. August 21 - 26, 2013

40 items
Created 10-Sep-13
Modified 10-Sep-13
Cairo - Memphis. August 21 - 26, 2013

BCCC Bear Creek June 2009 and 2010

95 photos
Created 18-May-12
Modified 18-May-12
BCCC Bear Creek June 2009 and 2010

Bluff City Canoe Club Images

1 photos
Created 10-Feb-14
Modified 10-Feb-14
Bluff City Canoe Club Images

2004 Audi A4 Images

25 photos
Created 23-Dec-13
Modified 23-Dec-13
2004 Audi A4 Images

John F. Sullivan and Hank van der Klok

28 photos
Created 16-Oct-13
Modified 16-Oct-13
John F. Sullivan and Hank van der Klok

Matt and Taylor

14 photos
Created 14-Oct-13
Modified 14-Oct-13
Matt and Taylor

The Minnesotans

14 photos
Created 11-Oct-13
Modified 11-Oct-13
The Minnesotans

The British are Coming

19 photos
Created 10-Sep-13
Modified 10-Sep-13
The British are Coming

The Wave

42 photos
Created 17-Aug-13
Modified 17-Aug-13
The Wave

Grand Canyon Show

92 photos
Created 12-May-12
Modified 12-May-12
Grand Canyon Show

Rio Grande River - March 2010

193 photos
Created 11-May-12
Modified 11-May-12
Rio Grande River - March 2010

Pecos River Slide Show, March 2011

225 photos
Created 11-May-12
Modified 11-May-12
Pecos River Slide Show, March 2011

Havasu Falls Indiam Reservation in the Grand Canyon

111 items
Created 10-May-12
Modified 10-May-12
Havasu Falls Indiam Reservation in the Grand Canyon

Rio Grande River Slideshow

1 videos
Created 8-May-12
Modified 8-May-12

Bluff City Canoe Club Trip - Utah. October 2012

85 items
Created 10-Dec-12
Modified 10-Dec-12
Bluff City Canoe Club Trip - Utah. October 2012

Hankins Reunion

186 photos
Created 8-Jul-13
Modified 8-Jul-13
Hankins Reunion

Launching John Ruskey and crew yestertday at Crothersville, Missouri

4 photos
Created 7-Jun-13
Modified 7-Jun-13
Launching John Ruskey and crew yestertday at Crothersville, Missouri

Olmstead Reunion

98 photos
Created 24-May-13
Modified 24-May-13
Olmstead Reunion

Spiral Stair by Salter

10 photos
Created 15-Apr-13
Modified 15-Apr-13
Spiral Stair by Salter

Florida with Sisters Elaine and Judi, January 2013

74 photos
Created 13-Feb-13
Modified 13-Feb-13
Florida with Sisters Elaine and Judi, January 2013

Olmstead High School Reunion - May 2011

173 photos
Created 11-Nov-12
Modified 11-Nov-12
Olmstead High School Reunion - May 2011

Bellevue, Erick Brand "Prayer and a Paddle"

38 photos
Created 1-Nov-12
Modified 1-Nov-12
Bellevue, Erick Brand "Prayer and a Paddle"

Dave Departs Memphis 08/18/11

56 photos
Created 10-Jun-12
Modified 10-Jun-12
Dave Departs Memphis 08/18/11

Dave Cornthwaite

73 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
Dave Cornthwaite

Accident with Dave Cornthwaite & BikeCar

9 photos
Created 21-May-12
Modified 21-May-12
Accident with Dave Cornthwaite & BikeCar

Wolf River Video. By : Dave Cornthwaite

1 videos
Created 21-May-12
Modified 21-May-12

Mississippi up from Memphis

17 photos
Created 4-Jun-12
Modified 4-Jun-12
Mississippi up from Memphis

Our Home, Bartlett, TN

48 photos
Created 26-May-12
Modified 26-May-12
Our Home, Bartlett, TN

Kentucky - Modern Day

20 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
Kentucky - Modern Day

Sanders Family Photos Added 2011

25 photos
Created 18-May-12
Modified 18-May-12
Sanders Family Photos Added 2011

Philippine Old Photos

19 photos
Created 18-May-12
Modified 18-May-12
Philippine Old Photos

Old Kentucky Photos

66 photos
Created 20-May-12
Modified 20-May-12
Old Kentucky Photos

US Navy Hospital, Swim Team, Oakland California, 1959

1 photos
Created 9-Feb-14
Modified 9-Feb-14
US Navy Hospital, Swim Team, Oakland California, 1959

Old Diving Photos

82 photos
Created 13-May-12
Modified 13-May-12
Old Diving  Photos

Cave & Lickskillet May 2006

26 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
Cave & Lickskillet May 2006

Oregon October 2002

67 photos
Created 20-May-12
Modified 20-May-12
Oregon October 2002

Mississippi portion of Lickskillet to Mem Jun 2006

24 photos
Created 17-May-12
Modified 17-May-12
Mississippi portion of Lickskillet to Mem Jun 2006

Natchez Trace Bike Trip 2004

23 photos
Created 20-May-12
Modified 20-May-12
Natchez Trace Bike Trip 2004

Harold Hankins Memorial 05/29/2010

12 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
Harold Hankins Memorial 05/29/2010

Tommy Silvey's Kentucky

35 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
Tommy Silvey's Kentucky

York - May 10, 2010

10 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
York - May 10, 2010

Eleven Points BCCC June 2009

44 photos
Created 17-May-12
Modified 17-May-12
Eleven Points BCCC June 2009

North Fork White River Aug 2010

86 photos
Created 19-May-12
Modified 19-May-12
North Fork White River Aug 2010

Spring River 07-18-09 BCCC Trip

49 photos
Created 17-May-12
Modified 17-May-12
Spring River 07-18-09 BCCC Trip

Sanders and Family, Friends

14 photos
Created 17-May-12
Modified 17-May-12
Sanders and Family, Friends

Bike Car Arrival with Dave & Bella

1 photos
Created 16-May-12
Modified 16-May-12
Bike Car Arrival with Dave & Bella

Sunshine Out West Photos, 2002

22 photos
Created 13-May-12
Modified 13-May-12
Sunshine Out West Photos, 2002

Web Site SlideShow

70 photos
Created 13-May-12
Modified 13-May-12
Web Site SlideShow

Stonington, Maine Shoreline Paddle +

79 photos
Created 12-May-12
Modified 12-May-12
Stonington, Maine  Shoreline Paddle +

Appellation Trail August 2011

50 photos
Created 12-May-12
Modified 12-May-12
Appellation Trail August 2011

Wolf River Conservancy/ Memphis Garden Club Video

1 videos
Created 11-Apr-14
Modified 11-Apr-14