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13
Nov

Rockin’ n’ Rollin’ with my Family in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana November 12,  2019 Dear Family & Friends: I arrived in New Orleans on November 5, three days ahead of my family. As a student of World War II, I was excited to have the opportunity to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. This fabulous Museum is a must see and, […]


06
Nov

Relaxing in the Big Easy

New Orleans, Louisiana November 6, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: After seven hours of paddling, I arrived in New Orleans yesterday!! It’s hard to imagine this trip started over 100 days ago, 2,300 miles upstream. Now, I have less than 100 miles to go before I reach the salt water in the Gulf of Mexico. […]


05
Nov

Swimming with the Big Fish

La Place, Louisiana November 4, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Paddling in the busy ports is a whole new experience and challenge. When I entered the Port of Baton Rouge, I felt like a tiny minnow swimming in a pond with Killer Whales, Great White Sharks, barracuda, alligators and piranhas. I bid farewell to Pat […]


01
Nov

More Southern History and Hospitality-Part 2

St. Francisville, Louisiana October 31, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Happy Halloween! October 30 started with a trip to a medical clinic in St. Francisville to have a tick removed from my chest and a nasty rash on my body treated. I tried to remove the tick myself with a pocket knife, but to no […]


30
Oct

More Southern History & Hospitality-Part 1

St. Francisville, Louisiana October 29, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: I had two great days of paddling down the River after I departed from Natchez. Soon after I left Natchez, I departed Mississippi. The rest of my journey will be in Louisiana. On the afternoon of October 28, I set up camp on a sandbar […]


27
Oct

Natchez-Part 2

Natchez, Mississippi October 26, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: Natchez is the oldest city on the Mississippi River. It was established by the French in 1716 and was named after the Natchez Tribe of Native Americans. Natchez was ceded by the British to the United States after the Revolutionary War under the terms of the […]


25
Oct

Pirates Cove-Part 1

Natchez, Mississippi October 24, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: The big storm arrived in Vicksburg as predicted. I departed Vicksburg on October 22 after thanking Jill for the great hospitality she showed me. I also thanked my taxi driver, Leonard, who ferried me all over Vicksburg. My plan was to spend the night with the […]


21
Oct

Vicksburg-Part 2

Vicksburg, Mississippi October 20, 2019Dear Family & Friends: In the Civil War, one of the Union military strategies was to take control of the entire Mississippi River, thus splitting the Confederacy in half and cutting off supply routes. In order to accomplish this goal, Vicksburg, Mississippi had to be captured. Vicksburg sits on a high […]


19
Oct

Vicksburg-Part 1

Vicksburg, Mississippi October 18, 2019 I woke up on October 17 to a cloudy, but rainless, sky. I departed at 8:30 am and arrived in Vicksburg at 1 pm. Jill Upton greeted me at the waterfront. Jill is a retired physical education teacher and has a doctorate in Exercise Science. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi and has been […]


16
Oct

Weather, Weather, Weather

Somewhere on the Mississippi bank of the River October 16, 2019 Dear Family & Friends: On October 14, Ed took me back down the River to my canoe about 8 miles south of his home. I made good progress down the River in near perfect conditions. I’m guessing I travelled over 40 miles from Ed’s […]