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Expedition Mississppi: What Now?

What we’ve been doing now that we’re back.

One of the questions we’ve been getting asked now that the kayaking expedition is over and over is “what are you guys doing now?”

Well, this can be broken down into 3 parts: 1. What we’re doing as far as the Expedition Mississippi Project, and 2. What else we’re doing with our lives  3. After the film is finished, what’s our next crazy adventure?

1. What we’ve been doing for the Expedition Mississippi Project: Although the kayaking portion of this project is over, there’s still plenty to do for the project!

  • We still need to send out the Kickstarter rewards. The bracelets still need to be made. Now that I’m (Jordan) back in Chicago, and Matt is in Indiana, we’re waiting til Matt comes to visit in about one week. We’ll get as many bracelets made then as possible. Whatever we don’t finish then, we’ll get done later in August when I see him in Bloomington.
  • The same goes for our upper-level backers. We’ll be sending them some exclusive, signed gear/memorabilia hopefully around the same time.
  • Then there’s the kayaking film. We have PLENTY of raw footage, some of which we uploaded to give you a sneak peek! We hope to upload a bit more in the near future… stay tuned for that. I haven’t been able to actually start editing it into a “movie” yet, because we want to use the high-end software bundle, Final Cut Pro. This costs several hundred dollars to purchase – fortunately, a friend of mine in Germany can give me the software. I’ll be flying back to Germany at the end of this month, so I hope to be able to start the editing process after that.. Take a look at the “illustrious start” we had to our kayaking expedition below.

2. What we’re doing now besides Expedition Mississippi

  • I’ve had about 2 months to get my work-life in order before I fly back to Germany in late August. The last time I was in Germany, about 70% of my work consisted of communication training, and 30% was social media related. Now that I’d like to focus on social media as a career, I want to expand my client base. This isn’t the easiest thing in the world, because I’m primarily looking for U.S. based accounts to manage while living abroad[1]. Although it’s been challenging, I’ve put in plenty of work building “my brand”, networking, and I already have a few new clients[2] as result. Two of them are games (Serpent’s Tongue and Zpocalypse) – I’m soooo pumped!
  • I’ve also been extra busy seeing every single friend, acquaintance, and family I have in the Chicago area before I leave the country. What can I say…I’m popular!
  • Matt’s been working just as hard, figuring out what to do next.  He’s set on becoming a high school teacher, but that’s more of a long term goal.  Since he just graduated from college a year ago, he still has plenty of options right now. He originally wanted to spend 1 or 2 years teaching English in Spain. That way, he could get international teaching experience AND practice his Spanish. Sadly, he changed his mind due to the unstable economic situation there. Then a couple weeks ago, he did a little research online and discovered that South Korea offers a sweet deal to native English speaking teachers. He’ll be getting a great salary, plus his flight and room + board are all covered!! Truly an amazing deal.

3. Our next crazy adventure

That’s right…Matt and I had PLENTY of time on the river to brainstorm ideas for our next great adventure. (I mean really, what else do you have to talk about with the same person you see every day, all day, for an entire month?!) We won’t begin seriously planning it until all the work is done for Expedition Mississppi — especially the film. We’re not quite ready to unveil it yet, but we were thinking of doing something a bit different this time.

It would be like backpacking, but with a very unique twist….I think that’s all we can say about it for now. Although our kayaking expedition was amazing and out of the ordinary, it wasn’t something that had never been done before. Our next one will be TOTALLY NEW — the first of it’s kind! We’re super super pumped for it. Well, I better stop writing before I give it away 🙂 …but stay tuned.

Well, that just about covers everything. If you have any questions for us on just about anything, email or tweet us. Really, we’d love to hear from you!

If you were one of the few that missed out on Kickstarter, you can still preorder our kayaking film here.

[1] I just made a guest blog post on this subject. It should be published by tommorow — I’ll send out a couple tweets when it’s up.

[2] If you know of any small business that could use a good social media manager, please let me know (contact info above)!!!

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Look at all our awesome sponsors!!!

We owe a HUUUGE THANKS to all of our sponsors. Our kayaking expedition would be much harder to manage if it weren’t for their generosity. Plus we’re all super excited to enjoy all their sweet products and services. And without further ado…here they are!!!!

1. Hungry Hikers – A camping food company that makes hearty and healthy packaged meals for outdoors people on the go. They generously supplied us with lots of yummy camping meals to keep us happy and well-fed!

2. Kayak Chicago – Chicago’s finest kayaking company; the offer kayak tours, rentals, lessons, and more. They’re giving us basic kayak safety training before we leave. This valuable training could save our lives!

3. CF Trading Company – A new knife and crossbow superstore with a huge selection of camping knives, crossbows, and accessories. They are providing us with a nice variety of knives to use on our expedition.

4. Appleseed Camping – A philanthropic organization helping nonprofits serve homeless people & pets affected by natural & economic disasters. They gave us some nice thermarest pillows as well as other miscellaneous camping supplies.

5. KRAVE Jerky – Krave Jerky provides a variety of flavorful, high quality packaged jerky products that will create a new, healthful image for the product category. KRAVE will be giving us a variety of jerky snacks so we can munch on something that’s both tasty AND healthy on our expedition.

6. Parana Paddles – Larger and lighter than ping pong paddles, PARANA PADDLES are designed to help you navigate the waters in a kayak or tube. They will be giving us a pair of their crazy paddles (with special grips) to give us an alternative to standard paddles.

7. Indiana University Outdoor Adventures – Offers students and the community opportunities to build connections through outdoor recreation activities and leadership training. They’re loaning us some nice PFDs (life jackets) and throwing a few meals our way too!

8.  Paracord Store – Offers a wide variety of high quality paracord 550 that will prepare you for anything from a weekend camping trip to an disaster/emergency situation. They gave us a generous discount on the paracord we’ve been using to make the survival bracelets we’re offering on kickstarter.

9. Going South: Hiking the AT with a Brain Tumor – Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in February, Bill Powell decided to be the first to hike the entire Appalachian Trail (length of over 2, 100 miles) with his condition, and is writing a book and photo journal about it. Thanks for the financial support Bill!

10. Robin Smith –  He told us, “We are only on this earth for a short time and we all need to make the best of it by following our dreams and desires”. — Couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the financial support Robin!!

11. David Barnes – The author of “The Hungry Kayaker”, a common sense guide to both cooking and camping, with and emphasis towards the weekend paddlers. He sent us his fantastic book and made a pledge on kickstarter as well.

12. PaddlingFan – A website that connects kayaking, canoe & kayak fishing enthusiasts to paddling trails in Florida. You’ll find detailed listings of trails, launch sites, river conditions, downloadable maps & more! Thanks for the financial support!

And a special thanks to Leave No Trace and Paddle4Peace for teaming up with us! They’re a couple amazing non-profits that promote peace and environmental awareness.

Support us and get our movie, paracord bracelets, and other cool prizes — ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT !!! 

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