Reflections from the River

Catch, Drive, Release, Recover. October 1-8, 2016

October 1, 2016. Missouri River north of Rulo, Nebraska Wow! It is the first day of October. We are now in the last two months of this expedition. Its really intense to think about may 13th, when we started hiking up to Browers Spring. I just can’t believe it. Also that we camped in Missouri tonight. …

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Any color you like – September 17-31, 2016

September 17-18, 2016 Richard-Hoefelmeyer Homestead. Beresford, South Dakota We decided to sleep in a little to commemorate the completion of the Upper Missouri River. It took us about 100 days to paddle from Three Forks, Montana to Yankton, South Dakota. Some of those days were top notch, world-class days. Some of them felt like the …

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No. More. Reservoirs, please. September 8 – 16, 2016

September 8th, 2016 I had a great night’s rest in the motel bed, with two pillows! The motel breakfast was plentiful and amazing. We lounged until it was time for the chiropractor and found our way there on the Main Street of Chamberline. It was incredibly to sit in that massage chair and I was …

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The Great Plains…continue – September 1st – 7th, 2016

September 1, 2016 Lake Sharpe, 12 miles south of Pierre, South Dakota Alyce almost stepped on a snake this morning. Scared the crap out of me while I was still in my tent because I could see what was going on. The snake stayed put for a while. Didn’t see what kind it was. I …

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Life on the Plains – End of August 2016

August 20, 2016 Whitlock State Park, Lake Oahe, South Dakota The sail only works under a very certain set of conditions: tail- or slight cross-tailwind. Wind must be between about 5-10mph, sustained. Less is not enough to pull the sail, more and you may end up dealing with too much fetch (waves caused by wind) for …

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I’m having the time of my life and I only have myself to blame- August 5th-19th, 2016

I’m not a daily journaler in my regular life so there are many days on this expedition that I feel totally apathetic towards writing an account of what just happened. The entire first half of August was like that for me but I still want to describe the experience. Hence, a brief description and a series …

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You win, Lake Sakakawea. July 30th- August 4th, 2016

July 30, 2016 New Town Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota Not a bad day in paradise. A light breeze out of the east not causing much trouble. The Saturday motorboat crowd, here for the fishing tournament, was stirring the water today. They aren’t so bad either. At least something to watch. The landscape is shifting too, as we paddle east. The …

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Half the distance with three times the effort. July 19th-22nd, 2016

July 19, 2016 Missouri River, Ft. Union Trading Post, North Dakota At 2am, strong winds woke me as the mesh of my tent walls was pressed against my face. Lightning in the distance drew me out of my tent to fasten my rain fly. No big deal, everything was in place, all I had to …

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Back on the River and Life is Sweet! July 13th-18th, 2016

July 13th, 2016 We awoke to the silent sounds, as the wind was no absent from our lives. We sprang into action once the alarms woke us from our slumber. Exactly a week ago today we paddled into the marina. Besides a short paddle of 4.5 miles and 1 .2 mile portage, we haven’t traveled …

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