Sunset over the dredging barge. Picturesque. Well, maybe not.
Miles paddled: 1,215
Eagle count: 162
Miles paddled: 1,170
Eagle count: 162
At the confluence of the Kaskaskia River and the Mississippi. Another beautiful sunrise
This is Mike Clark of Big Muddy Adventures in Riverview, Missouri and his dog, Dolly. Mike is helping us get ready to tackle the Port of St. Louis and the lower Mississippi. He has a ton of knowledge about the river and is sharing it with us. Big thanks.
Miles paddled: 1,007
Eagle count: 155
Black bears seen: 0
In Louisiana, Missouri tonight ... Which leaves me very confused.
So we camped last night on an island across from Hannibal, Missouri. Locals say this is the island where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn played. (Fictionally, of course.) In the book, it is referred to as Jackson's Island. Google maps shows it as Shuck Island. Today, it's a party beach where locals park their boats, drink, camp, play loud music, have bonfires and play sand volleyball.
I've never seen mud like this stuff in the Mississippi. Slimy, gooey, thick as clay. This morning I had to cut it off my sandals with a knife.
Miles paddled: 955
Bald eagle count: 150
In La Grange, Missouri tonight. To celebrate another state reached:
Weighed in before we left the mayor's house this morning. I've lost 25 pounds on this trip so far. That's very, very good.
Dana Haynes, Charlie Crumm, recognize this little guy? He landed on my kayak today. For everyone else who is not in the loop on this, this is Colin Crumm's butterfly, according to my wife. We first saw it in Kentucky just after Colin's death. And this kayak trip we're on is a fundraiser in his memory. So I guess that means he approves.
Mike Malott – Age 60, Hartland, MI. Former Managing Editor of the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, based in Howell, MI. I've been a desk jockey most of my life. Becoming more of an outdoor enthusiast as I get older.