Several years back I had this flame burning inside of me to take my boat down the Mississippi – I mentioned it to several folks at work, got really excited about it, but then something happened along the way where I had to deal with the reality of life’s constraints once again – the plan was scrapped.
The trek remained in the back of my mind, but having a place of refuge at the lake left me ok with how things worked out.
Thanks to the internet, I was able to watch several folks drift down the Mississippi this past summer. I watched intently the details of their journey, their stops, their needs, and the practicality of it all, it all seems so attainable. Needless to say – the fire is burning inside once again. The information that they provided has been a treasure trove of direction and thought, links to their adventures are available to your right on this blog.
I suppose there are only a few occasions in a person lifetime where they could get away with such an adventure, its either before you settle down (and have those bills waiting every day in the mailbox), or at a break or the end of a career.
I’m thinking that at 29 years, my days remaining as a firefighter are limited, I see light at the end of the tunnel, and I see summer 09, or summer 10 at the latest as realistic dates for this.
Many questions surrounding this have easy answers, or will take a little more thought to come up with an answer – that is really the impetus behind me starting this ‘blog’ in the first place – to have a place to record and share the adventure when/as it takes place, and also as a springboard of thought – advice – solutions from you to some of the questions that remain surrounding this.
The time necessary to make this trek is 75 days, the most practical vessel for this type of adventure is a pontoon – and I love how the bigrivershow.com did theirs – it makes sense and that’s the likely route that I will take.
It takes a certain mindset too, many will question the reasoning and practicalities of such a trek – sure there is planning involved – mine is well underway, but this planning will answer many of their questions around the journey. As for the true reasoning for an individual to undertake such a thing has to come from within – I think the conversation at the end of Bill and Max’s (big river show) answered it for me – they had defeated hardships, desolation, fear, boredom (no internet), and the exhilaration surrounding their journey – simply put – they absolutely succeeded and were heartfelt in their accomplishment, and it was sincere accomplishment. BONUS: It will last every moment of their lives.
So ok, that’s what I’m working on right now, that’s where my mind is, that’s my direction.
Please take time to check out their links and story, awesome.
oh yeah, and the book that I am reading at the moment – Life on The Mississippi, Mark Twain