Category 'Mississippi River Trip'


Wabasha: Minnesota Friendly

Wabasha, Minnesota August 20, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Four vehicles arrive at a four-way stop sign simultaneously. Each one wants to yield to the other. This is known as the “Minnesota Standoff.” I decided to get a late start out of Wabasha so I could purchase some supplies and organize my gear. Good thing. At […]


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 […]