ICYMI: The story about my 417-mile, 24-day trek down America’s most #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. With info about how you can get involved in saving the San Joaquin. Photo by Danielle Katz from Rivers for Change. (That’s me in the orange jacket). I couldn’t have made it to the SF Bay without help from that group, which promotes source to sea river literacy. Worthy cause.

ICYMI: The story about my 417-mile, 24-day trek down America’s most #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. With info about how you can get involved in saving the San Joaquin. Photo by Danielle Katz from Rivers for Change. (That’s me in the orange jacket). I couldn’t have made it to the SF Bay without help from that group, which promotes source to sea river literacy. Worthy cause.

Hey everyone! My story about the #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. Thanks to those who followed along here. Let me know what you think, and consider a donation to these guys from Tuolumne River Trust. CNN reader donations will go toward low income kids going on a canoe trip on the San Joaquin. Could be life-changing. It’s so important to reconnect people with rivers. They’re mostly invisible. Thanks again! #latergram #cadrought #sanjoaquin #california #rivers

Hey everyone! My story about the #endangeredriver is up at CNN.com/change. Thanks to those who followed along here. Let me know what you think, and consider a donation to these guys from Tuolumne River Trust. CNN reader donations will go toward low income kids going on a canoe trip on the San Joaquin. Could be life-changing. It’s so important to reconnect people with rivers. They’re mostly invisible. Thanks again! #latergram #cadrought #sanjoaquin #california #rivers

Halfway through my three-week, 417-mile journey down the “most endangered” river in America, the water began flowing backward and the mud started talking.

It spoke in baritone gurgles, like Barry White trapped in a bong.

You know what this is, John?

No, Barry White mud.

This is QUICKSAND.

*%.

Back in October of 2012, the people at CNN took it upon themselves to remedy the problem of low voter turnout by launching their “Change The List” campaign. The initiative noted the fact that the state of Hawaii had the lowest voter turnout during the 2008 election and set out to fix it. CNN asked people to tweet encouragements at Hawaiian voters, do stuff with Instagram and leave comments on YouTube, all in an effort to ‘convince’ random people in Hawaii to go vote.

Today, Hawaii proudly stands in 49th place in voter turnout. When CNN launched its campaign, West Virginia was 49th, so it makes sense that moving Hawaii out of that spot would, in all likelihood, drop the Mountain State into last place.

cnn columnist

john d. sutter - cnn columnist