Maps: You Are Here – Now Get Lost! – Series Episode 5

Note: This is the fifth installment of my six-part blog series “River Gator: Exploring the River, Expanding Ourselves,” a recollection of my adventure on the Lower Mississippi River. Ever since I was a girl, I have loved maps, especially when I saw the all-powerful “You are here” arrow or dot. There is something so nice about being put on the map – I AM THERE. Driving across the country with my family as a child, we used a good...

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Pere Marquette State Park: a place to reconnect with nature and work on a great local project!

How do we reconnect with where we live? How do we stop and “smell the roses” in a place we have seen over and over again? How do we learn to appreciate our surroundings we likely take for granted each day? Searching for the answer, I began to explore the world around me. I stood on the banks of the Mississippi River and there was a brief pause where my mind went blank and I was just “being.” Instead of emails, phone calls, or my...

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Learning through Adventure!

Guest Blog by Jordan Hanssen, author, adventurer, speaker & President of OAR Northwest Little did my parents know what developing an appreciation for classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would inspire in me.  Maybe it’s not an exact correlation between reading about Tom and Huck’s adventures in grade school and fifteen years later deciding to take a 29-foot rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean in a race...

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To Boat or to Board? Paddling on the Mississippi

I grew up on the St. Croix River, and went to college at the University of Minnesota, whose campus includes the National Park region of the Mississippi River. It’s safe to say I don’t shy away from the chance to recreate on any river. What I love about the Mississippi is that as it runs through the Twin Cities, this creates a wide range of ways to get involved with the River. Last Friday I had the chance to participate in a sunset...

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Iowa & Illinois River Citizens Explore the Mississippi

On August 3, 2012, River Citizens from Iowa and Illinois joined 1 Mississippi for a Mississippi Explorer Cruise. The pontoon boat left from Chestnut Mountain Resort in Galena, IL and took guests into the backwaters of the Mississippi. Attendees enjoyed the beautiful sunshine, birds, and bluffs along the Mississippi. With Ric Zarwell from Lansing, IA, as their guide, the River Citizens learned about the Mississippi’s ecological significance as...

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New Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

Local Communities to Benefit from New River Recreation, Nature-Based Economic Development HELENA, ARKANSAS:  The first leg of a new Lower Mississippi River Water Trail has been established through the conservation of Buck Island near Helena, Arkansas, thanks to the efforts of the American Land Conservancy (ALC), the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and other partners. The...

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Expedition 1000

From the man who skateboarded across the length of Australia (West to East) comes Expedition 1000, the ultimate adventure bucket list. Dave Cornthwaite is in the midst of raising £1,000,000 ($1,613,000) for charity by travelling 25 routes of 1,000 non-motor-powered miles or more – including the Mississippi River. Dave plans to travel the length of the Mississippi River by means of Stand Up Paddleboard. Watch out as Dave Cornthwaite...

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