I lay here watching the lightning and listening to the thunder outside. I have just put down Dave Miller’s “The Complete Paddler.” I am trying to imagine laying in my bed on the banks of the river, in the midst of wilderness, perhaps a storm outside my tent, and wondering if I’ll be imagining this very night in which I’m dreaming of my 3-month trek down the Missouri River. I am safe and warm and dry right now. Will this be something I long for then, just as I am longing for the isolation and adventure now? (photo by Norm Miller)
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The journey is not over until the mission bears fruit:
Empowerment ~ Education ~ Environment
I reached the Gulf of Mexico on December 5, 2013.
Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt support. This was OUR expedition, and for that I am grateful.
I will be updating the expedition periodically from where I left off at Fort Peck Lake. My goal is for viewers to access the expedition at their convenience. However, there will be much of the journey I am saving for my book.
Here is a synopsis:
I completed the challenging yet successful ski into
Brower's Spring with Norm Miller on April 24-25.
I completed three days of incredible
bike riding 100 miles from Hell Roaring Canyon
To Clark Canyon Dam.
I paddled down the Beaverhead River from Clark Canyon Dam to Twin Bridges, where the river worked me hard and I suffered two holes in my boat and a sprained wrist by the second day.
From Twin Bridges, the Beaverhead River turns into the Jefferson River, which is deeper and wider, and one of the more beautiful stretches of this journey. This leg of the journey is neatly tucked under my belt.
I arrived in Three Forks, the headwaters of the Missouri River, on Saturday, May 11, approximately 300 miles downstream from the ultimate source, Brower's Spring.
I spent the next four months paddling down the Missouri River, stopping at my home base, Cooper's Landing, on September 16.
My birthday on September 28 marked my arrival in St. Charles, and I paddled through the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers the next day, September 29.
Proceeding down the Mississippi River, I arrived in Memphis, TN, on October 17. Here, I took an extended break of two weeks because of a speaking engagement I flew out to in Bend, OR, at the Conservation Lands Foundation 'Friends Rendezvous.'
November 1 found me on my way again down the Mississippi River until December 5 when I reached the Gulf of Mexico.
Oh, what a trip it has been! A glorious trip to say the least.
Do what you love and love what you do.
Every day is a new adventure! Live fast ~ Paddle slow
Thank you for your support.
Your comments are always welcome.
To contact me directly, please email me any time at:
janet.ann.moreland [at] gmail [dot] com
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(573) 424 - 5083
If you would like to donate to this expedition, please go to my Donation Opportunities page at the top of this website. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Janet
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My name is Janet Moreland. I am a Missouri River paddler from Columbia, MO, most often found at or near Cooper's Landing. I graduated from the University of Missouri in December 2012 with a degree in Education, and am now certified to teach middle school social studies and/or science. At 57 years young, I recently completed a 3,800-mile source-to-sea solo kayak expedition from the Missouri River source at Brower's Spring, Montana, to the Gulf of Mexico. On April 24, 2013, I skied into the source at 9,000 ft. in the Centennial Mountains, and arrived at the end of South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico on December 5, 2013. My mission includes elements of education, environmental stewardship, and empowering youth, women, and men to confidently pursue their dreams.
Food for Thought
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence to complete." - Waite Phillips
“People with high assurance in their capabilities approach difficult tasks as challenges to be mastered rather than as threats to be avoided.”
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” -Hunter S. Thompson