Saturday, May 12, 2012

Launching at Lake Itasca

 Launching at Lake Itasca...Mississippi River Headwaters



Portage around rocky, shallow rapids

Cozy shelter for tents thanks to Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources

Packing for day's paddle

Trumpeter swans
(photos courtesy of my great padding partner and coach, Jim Lewis)

Repairing leak in bottom of Folbot....ultimately will need new boat

Paddling

Breakfast by the campfire

too close to the fire

Paddling buddy/coach/photographer, Jim Lewis

Deer swimming across river

lunch in great old bar in Mt. Iron, MN, waiting for rudder assembly on new kayak....check out the critters!

new kayak, Wilderness Sysems Kayaks Tsunami 175, from Spring Creek Outfitters in Mt. Iron.  Great family business I highly recommend. www.springcreek.com. Thanks, Chuck Newberg for the "trade-in/upgrade". 


7 comments:

  1. Looks like you've been busy! Glad you're having fun and getting to see such a beautiful part of our country! Praying over your journey; and following along!

    -RB

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    1. gracias...sore hands..short message
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  2. Jim is a good friend; his wife Sharron is pastor at our church. Learned of your blog last Sunday, and will follow it. Dick

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    1. THNX...JIM AND SHARON ARE THE BEST

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  3. Wow! Changed boats while I was sleeping! Was the Foldbot quite old, or did it just not hold up?
    Your trip is truly inspirational.
    Dan

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    1. ROUGH BOTTOM....NOT SEAWORTHY FOR BIG WATER...THNX FOR NOTE

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  4. Happy to see all of your pictures. Sure is beautiful there! Such an awesome thing you are doing.

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