After several months of planning and improvising a craft from an old pontoon the reality was that we were actually riding the current of the mighty Mississippi River.
For a week in May and the full month of June we lived aboard the majestic craft (below) ‘Freebird.’ A simplistic voyage covering 1700 + miles of The Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans; the trusty kayak ‘traveller‘ in tow.
Our daily log links are the links to the right column on this and each page –
The scenery and activity surrounding the Mississippi River was an interesting change from the ‘normal’ setting of the Carolina’s. The 32 days onboard were spent walking the deck, observing, standing rather than sitting, and simply ‘absorbing’ the features as we drifted by – a ‘throw-back’ of early American adventure.
(the above highway map provides a visual reference)
Beyond the perpetual motion beneath us, ‘towboats’ were the most predominant feature and # 1) topic of conversation along the river. Other conversation points with folks along the river seemed to be unanimous at # 2) their personal desire to ‘go down the river,’ and # 3) catching and eating catfish from the river.
We took alot of pictures and learned firsthand the remarkable nature of those folks along her banks. I cam attest to the fact that the Mississippi is indeed an “interstate of waterways” – truly the ‘backbone’ within our country in moving bulk commerce on a massive scale – in a safe manner.
From this tiny vantage point, the unexpected bonus was in surpassing New Orleans and weathering a couple of days along the Gulf’s Intercoastal Waterway. New Orleans to Biloxi, Ms. was an added horizon. I did not want to get off of the water nor the trip to end – but in the end the little ‘raft’ (Freebird) was no match for the ‘rolling swells’ of the “anti-Gulf.”
Of course with any adventure such as this it takes the support/words and effort of friends, family, and folks along the way to make it ‘full-circle,’ thank you – you folks know who you are.
In working back through the notes I will elaborate a little more where I couldn’t while on the river. On the lower Mississippi cell towers were few and reception was scattered – plus there was just too much for me to take-in. I really wanted to look around, it was time away from this computer… time well spent.
For the most part the camera held our notes, as for the video’s – be reminded that my broadcast voice sucks (plus with some of those drink concoctions it really didn’t matter) what I did do was push the button; and did it. Within the effort we could’ve been living a hundred years ago, on the river and ‘doin-it’ – for those 32 days of June – that was all in the world that mattered…
Once back in the Carolina’s I really hated to pluck the bird’s feathers but it had to be done (the vessel had another life. Check the ‘Ghost of Freebird’ link over there to your right. The simple practicality of the vessel worked well.
The complete trip was an outstanding ride on one of mother nature’s continental tear ducts; hopefully this blog and the notes within may provide some perspective for those with a similar interest. Check out the questions section of for more detailed answers surrounding the logistic’s of such a ride – a post for each day
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Water clarity- 4 upper, 2 lower
Natural Quality – 5 (Upper Mississippi)
Difficulty – moderate, you will become advanced with time
Best thing about the water – it’s temperature
(this is a commercial waterway)
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