11/14/2016 Mile 55 and day 2 on the Atchaf’: The air is still. The water is calm. The sound is quiet except for Kyle’s oars dipping in the water. White egrets and great blue herons stand stoic on the muddy shoreline, fishing patiently. The shoreline is steep- trees fallen or just barely hanging on. Many… Continue reading The Atchafalaya River
10/13/2016 Yesterday morning around 10am Kyle and I rowed from the Mississippi, took a sharp right turn and approached large metal doors. “Old River Lock and Dam,” Kyle hailed on the radio. “Old River back,” we heard a friendly voice say. After being instructed to wait on the bank for the lock to be ready… Continue reading A New River and Simmesport Louisiana
Flipper’s Thoughts: Nine states, 87 days, and 1,508 miles later it has come time to say farewell to the Mississippi River. When the dreaming, discussing, and planning of this voyage began 2 years ago the thought of making it so far was a small seed in the back of my mind. While I never doubted… Continue reading Farewell Mighty Mississippi- Reflections from Flipper and Skipper
11/9/2016 The sun is out! And my goodness am I thankful. It has not rained or been cloudy for a few weeks, and I didn’t realize how lucky we were until the rain started two days ago. Usually I enjoy the rain and the slower moods the gray skies bring, but I struggled the last… Continue reading The Last Couple Days on the Mississippi
1. We see about 10-15 tow boats a day. Some pushing only 2 barges, some pushing 49. The average is about 30 barges which is about 1,400 ft long and 200 ft wide all together. Most of them are Northbound. They are big, loud, and some of them create wakes that cause 5ft waves. We… Continue reading Randomness: Thoughts, Reflections, and Photos
11/3/16On Monday morning Kyle and I turned left off the Mississippi River towards the Yazoo River. One mile later we arrived at downtown Vicksburg. Finding a safe but very muddy spot to pull Solvi up on her rollers, we got everything situated to head into town. We hiked the mile and a half to the… Continue reading Vicksburg, Natchez, and a Happy Birthday!
8/29/16 Around 4:30 yesterday, just when the sun was starting to get to us due to the glare on the water, we coasted to the shore of a sand bar. Both exhausted from the sun and rowing we decided to have a lazy evening. Kyle set up our sun shade which we used as our… Continue reading Awesome Camping and Hot Weather Continues!
10/25/2016We completed 30 miles, all under oar power yesterday. Each of us rowing about 15 miles- 3 one hour shifts. The sun was just beginning to set when we arrived at our sand bar. Kyle and I pulled Solvi up on her roller and then found ourselves standing in awe as the sky broke out… Continue reading Row Row Row Our Boat
10/22/16 On Friday afternoon after sailing 26 miles on a lovely run of averaging 7.5 knots we arrived at the river town of Helena, Arkansas. We found a nice little sandy spot to hide the boat a ways from town so that she was out of view. After a ridiculous 15 minutes of attempting to… Continue reading Helena, Long Stretches, and a Visit