A River Adventure

Naturally Curious, Unapologetically Adventurous

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How It Got Started

Quick Background and Context

I don't ever want to look back and say I didn't live the life I wanted for any reason. I believe fully in my ongoing quest to live authentically, fearlessly and boldly without apology. 

When I was laid off last fall, it was time for some real reflection on next steps. When I thought of sitting in my house in Wisconsin day after day, I asked myself whether that seemed the best environment for that reflection. It wasn't. I've always wanted to travel the country. There are so many unique and beautiful places in America. We have one of the most diverse and awe-inspiring countries in the world (and I've seen some of the world). 

So, now, I'm wrapping up five months on the road exploring more than 70 cities while living in an RV trailer that I bought when I sold my house. That trip has been everything I could have hoped, but always in the back of my mind, I was planning something else. 

For the last eight months, I've been planning and researching how to successfully travel from the Missouri river headwaters in Three Forks, MT all the way down to the Mississippi outlet in the Gulf of Mexico. As I grew more confident that this was actually going to happen, and started sharing with other folks, many people asked how they could follow my journey. I don't think I can do the epic scenery and life-changing experiences justice, but this blog is at least an attempt. 

 
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8/8

I was bored out of my mind the whole rest day, but jazzed to be back on the river yesterday. Zoomed through 34 miles. Hank is poking...

Upper Missouri River Breaks

7/22 Every bend seems more amazing than the last. The colors are so unique, but it is mostly rocky formations and sandy shale prairie. I...

Loma to Upper Breaks

7/19 I'm up at 6 or 7 am, on the water 45 min to an hour later most mornings. Leaving Loma, was excited to get to test the sail for the...

On the river again

The last couple days were 20 and 30 mile days, uneventful except for a couple pop up thunderstorms. It's different to be floating in and...

Back in civilization

Just a quick post to let everyone know I'm okay and made it across Fort Peck lake, though not uneventfully. I'm going to work to add the...

To the Upper Missouri Breaks!

Passing through Loma, MT now. This may be my last post for a while. The upper Missouri river Breaks are supposed to be epic, but not much...

Fort Benton

**Posted on 7/18 from 7/17** Got a late start on the river today . Took a couple hours to reconfigure the Canoe for one person. I also...

Goodbye to Mom and Dad

**Posted on 7/18 from 7/16** Today was the last day with my parents. It was with mixed feelings that we parted ways for the next three...

Fastest water yet!

Made it to Cascade last night. Yesterday was the fastest water we've seen. Mom got lucky😊 Covered more than 30 miles and got a great...

Days 3.5/4

Holter lake was brutal. Upper Holter is the south most part. We reached that halfway through Wednesday and it took most of the day going...

What a great crew!

I'm late on this post, but I feel so blessed by the great group that made my launch weekend so great. Got food, hiking and a little...

Day 3

We were stoked to make it up to Townsend, MT and find a great campsite just past the highway last night. Got on the river by 8 this...

Launch day!!

And we're off! Great 11 miles the first day. Found the wind...not fun. Saw 2 river otters, a golden eagle, a beaver, 2 trout beach,...

On the road again!

Here we go! I left Cedar Ridge Ranch today after six busy, but wonderful weeks planning and prepping for this adventure. Loved spending...

Final Countdown

At this point, I know there are things that won't be perfect. With a day and a half left, I'm having to prioritize and finalize the...

T minus 5 days

This is the last week to prepare and pack. It's crazy that it's here. The time has gone so fast, I haven't really had time to think about...

Gettin' Real

Whew! Got more than I bargained for yesterday. Loaded up the canoe to probably 75% of my true gear weight and headed out for a real live...

Reality Bites

While I'm encouraged by the buoyancy of the barrels and the canoe in general, this second practice run was less emotionally uplifting...

Der ner ner ner ner ner ner ner ner.....

My mom thinks the canoe is going to look like the Beverly Hillbillies car on the way out to Cali. Maybe. I always seem to come back to...

First Run a Success!

A day behind, but got Hank and the initially modified canoe out onto Bull Shoals the other day. Trying to keep my goals realistic, I...

 

Contact Amanda

Thanks for your interest in my journey. For more information, feel free to get in touch and I will get back to you soon!

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