This is it, we are now leaving this Wednesday, June 6th! We were originally going to leave a couple days earlier, but we had a few last minute things come up and had to push the departure date back a couple days.
Last night we had our kickoff campfire, that was so much fun! We grilled hotdogs burgers, roasted marshmallows, and played music. I (Jordan) rocked out on bongos, and both Matt and Daniel played guitar. At the end we put on our headlamps and had an amazing night hike through the forest.
Matt, Jordan, Chris, and friends getting ready for the kickoff bonfire! Jordan: middle with brown shirt, Matt: right of Jordan. Chris: far right. Daniel arrived later.
Finally, we just talked to Hector Manley He’s doing something very similar to us — “Paddling For a Purpose” on the Mississippi too!. He was full of great advice! He’s already been kayaking on the Mississippi for a few weeks now, so he gave us a good idea of how far we can expect to go per day (25-40 miles/day), where to camp (he says there’s lots of campsites along the river, and more good advice. Thanks Hector!