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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New Madrid

It has been an uneventful few days since launching from Cape Girardeau. I love uneventful! It got really cold, 25 degrees, a couple...

Happy Thanksgiving!!

And happy Black Friday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This was a new way to spend it for me...on the river, but still...

Hello, winter.

Today is my Dad's birthday, and I wish I could be with him to celebrate. But wrapping up the day with a little Louisiana Man by Charley...

Made it to Sainte Genevieve

Apologies in advance for the long post, but it's been an eventful few days. Yesterday was better. Light wind, sun shining, made it to...

St. Louis

Holy cow! Yesterday was one of the most intense, nerve-wracking things I've done. Very cool to paddle by the Gateway Arch. Such a...

Re-launch!

Quick housekeeping item, we realized the first fundraiser closed, so here is a new updated link for the Reel Warriors' fundraiser page:...

Break Week

Trying to make the most of this few days break. Brought the canoe back to my parents shop and cleaned up three months of sand, mud, and...

Chain of Rocks and the Mighty Mississippi

After 2,300 miles, I paddled my last strokes in the Missouri river today as we paddled through the confluence into the Mississippi river....

St. Charles

Yesterday started out as a dreary, but dry day. It turned into a really nice fall day. Aside from a day without rain, I got another very...

Jefferson City to New Haven

So cool to float into my home state capitol the other day! Thank you to Jim for meeting us and getting some great shots! Luckily, we...

Cooper's Landing

**Catch up post from 10/23-10-26** Beautiful week paddling through the first half of Missouri. Leaves are starting to change! So enjoyed...

10/20-10/22

Over 100 days in, I've covered more than 2,000 miles. It's hard to believe, and I think it will take time to fully digest every...

Lexington, MO

What a special treat yesterday. I'm still digesting all that I was privileged to see and learn, and the wonderful people I got to meet in...

Kansas City

Burr! Yesteray was the coldest morning yet at 39゚. Took 3 hours for the sun to come out and the feeling to come back into my fingers and...

Hello, Missouri!

Matt, this one's for you. Population of spiders tripled, snapping turtles, inch worms, daddy long legs, poison ivy, undergrowth you can't...

Omaha, NE

Think I might be in Hawkeye and Husker country. Took a couple days to get from Sioux City to with striking distance of Omaha. Woke up at...

Lower Missouri

Not sure if this will show well, but the locals say the feverishly starling activity indicates fall is here. I'd have to agree. It was 41...

Sioux City

Should make KC in the next 8-12 days! I have reached the lower channelized Missouri river. Was glad not to be on a lake today with the...

Lewis and Clark Done!

That's it! No more reservoirs. This little lake fought back hard. Took more than 3 days to cover just 20 miles with wind and rain. It's...

Lewis and Clark Lake

**Catch up post from 9/27-9/28** Followed the Nebraska/SD border uneventfully with great current for a little over 30 miles before it...

 

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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