8/28/16 As the ink stains my waterproof journal pages I see endless fog rolling over the river water. Almost as though it is trapped between the land on both sides. The fog creates a tranquil feeling on this Sunday morning. Kyle and I both are a bit slow moving and contemplative. Yesterday we awoke on… Continue reading Two Weeks, a New State, and Calm Waters
Journal Entry Written 8/24/16 on Lake Pepin: 10am: Lake Pepin couldn’t be calmer and more serene for us. We left early this AM and only had to row about ten minutes before we set the sail. Since then we have been running with the wind at a consistent 4 knots. It is so incredible… Continue reading Smooth sailing, Sandy beaches, and Town exploring!
Written on: 8/22/16 We are currently on day 7 of our adventure! The last few days have been filled with friends, learning, “open water”, barges, tugs, and our first lock and dam under oar. It has been quite the journey already and there have definitely been ups and downs, but fortunately as a whole we… Continue reading Barges, Tug Boats, Lock and Dam- Check!
Written on: 8/19/16 We are officially on the Mississippi River! Yesterday late afternoon we went under two bridges and just after coming out from the second one the water below us turned from a bluish green to a deep brown. The current picked up and within minutes we saw a large barge. It was clear… Continue reading Becoming One with the Mud
As I begin this entry it is currently day three of our journey South. We left Monday morning from Interstate Park on the Wisconsin side. My parents, Kyle’s parents, and his sister were all there to see us off. I had a strange sense of calm and normalcy while we got the boat all ready… Continue reading The First Few Days
Well the time has come to start the final preparations for our leave date. The boat is complete and ready to go, so now the little things. Checking off the final lists, going over the last bits of gear that need to be packed, filling up water bladders and the cooler, and most importantly, saying… Continue reading Final Preparations and Overcoming Fear
August 1st, 2016 Journal Entry We have not officially left on our “journey” yet, but there are a few things that have come to me already I thought I would share. I am sitting on a sandy beach on the shore of the Upper St. Croix River. The Rolling Stones are playing through our small… Continue reading Here. Now.
Shake Down Cruise Part 1: The Apostles Ever since Kyle bought his first cruising boat 6 years ago he has dreamed of going to the Apostle Islands. Well on Thursday of last week, we made it in our home built boat. Things didn’t go exactly as we planned, but they were amazing all the same.… Continue reading Shake Down Cruise