After nearly a decade of having the idea to float/raft/canoe down the Mississippi River, Linnea and I will launch our 17′ Alumacraft canoe in Lake Itasca next month and, if all goes well, paddle to New Orleans. We’ll make a few stops along the way — some obvious, like the Twin Cities, where we’re both from — but we’ll also visit interesting-sounding, less-traveled towns like Nauvoo, Il. (which brands itself Williamsburg of the Midwest, as in Colonial Williamsburg, not the hipster capital in Brooklyn) and Helena, Ark. (known for its Delta blues). We’ll meet up with some friends along the way, and hope to make some new ones in the process.
We plan on blogging along the Mississippi River from our smartphones the best we can, assuming our solar panel proves sufficient and we get adequate reception. You can also follow our journey on Facebook and Twitter. See you on the water.