Category 'Mississippi River Trip'


Last Days in Minnesota

Haytmen Landing, Iowa August 25, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On August 24 , I was back on the River at 2pm, paddling into stiff headwinds. The wind and heavy weekend River traffic put me in some very turbulent waters, with four foot swells, whitecaps and tricky cross currents. I felt like I was in the fast […]


Welcome Distraction and Delay

La Crosse, Wisconsin August 24, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I power all my personal devices (i-Phone, Go Pro, camera) with solar power. I have a Goal Zero solar panel, which I strap to the front of my canoe, and a Goal Zero Sherpa power pack, which charges from the solar panel. I then charge […]


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 […]