Into the Land of Tugs and Locks

Wabasha, Minnesota August 20, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: “I don’t think I’m in Kansas anymore.” On August 17, Theo picked me up at MMC at 9am, and I was on the water just below the the St. Anthony Dam at 10am. No more portaging around dams for the rest of the trip. The weekend […]


From the Worst of Days to the Best of Days

Minneapolis, Minnesota August 16, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Following my midnight encounter with the kind Anoka police officer, I woke up to a bright new day at 6am on August 15. The day immediately turned sour. While disassembling my tent, I broke a tent pole. Now I have no functioning tent. Then, I opened […]


Little Falls to Two Rivers State Park to a Midnight Encounter with the Police

Two Rivers State Park Anoka, Minnesota August 14, 2019Dear Family & Friends: This report is long because I have been offline for awhile. I’ll try to keep my reports shorter in the future. I will start with an observation about through-paddling the Mississippi River: be prepared for every imaginable challenge that can be thrown at […]


My First Zero Day and Lodging Near God’s Home

Little Falls, Minnesota August 9-11, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On August 9, we traveled 30 miles from our campsite behind The Bridge Tavern to Brainerd, Minnesota. We spent the night at a Quality Inn motel in Brainerd. Jon & Jeff resumed their journey down the River in the morning. I elected to take the […]