I am ready to get the ball rolling in high gear. My website will be developed enough to post for public in the next couple of days, I’m hoping, which is necessary before I can start contacting potential sponsors. I am having trouble sleeping at night thinking about all the things that need to be done.
I am meeting with Missouri River Relief on Sunday to discuss the trip and our relationship in it together. That will be a big step. Last week I filled out a couple of website contact portals. The initial one was to National Park Service, who claimed to be looking for projects to fund. Another was the Army Corps of Engineers. Much to my surprise, I heard from US Army Corps of Engineers yesterday! Neil Bass said that since they’re a govt agency, they could not sponsor monetarily, but they would be happy to provide river info, aerial maps, and meet with me on the lower river with food resupplies. Wow! I was thrilled to hear that. We will be in touch with each other after August.
I received my signed copy of The Complete Paddler by David Miller. Started reading it the other day (at 2:00 AM) and could hardly put it down. It is considered the “Bible” for paddling the MO River from its headwaters. Made me realize that this is truly an impressive journey and far from being a vacation paddle (not that that was what I was thinking). I think there will be lots of pleasure to be had in ways I’m not aware of yet. This may be true with displeasures as well. Got that.
The expedition is a perfect fit for me in so many ways. I love the mountains, rivers, lakes, paddling, wildlife, outdoor challenges, Lewis and Clark’s expedition, and I enjoy solitude. I also love meeting new people, so I am looking forward to the multiplicity of the journey. I feel a craving for it.
Once I get some sponsorship letters mailed out, it will be time to slooooow down and focus on student teaching. Three days of teacher planning will begin in mid-August, then school starts. Teaching middle school may very well be a challenge that rivals a float down the entire Missouri River. We’ll see.
I want to give special thanks to Norman Miller for coaching me through the initial phase of my decision to do this trip. He supplied me with an enourmous amount of information and motivation. He provided the water that started the seed growing, the seed that David Miller planted in my mind when he layed over for a week at Cooperslanding on the final leg of his trek down the river. I think that was around 2004.
That’s it for now. If you are actually reading this, thanks for your interest, and feel free to comment. I still don’t know what I’m doing with this blog, but I’m learning.
Paddle fast ~ live slow
Hmmmm….perhaps right now “live fast ~ paddle slow” is more appropriate.
Life is good.
Race to the Dome 2012