I think this post will be more of a photo post. I have captioned all of my photos and they will walk you through this stretch and phase of my adventure. Enjoy!
The Gates of the Rocky Mountains are on Holter Lake. I left the Gates and paddled almost to the dam. I camped before entering the last big stretch so I would not be exposed to potential storm winds. Rain fell that night, but enough sun shone the next morning that I could dry things out. My camp was on a pretty point, but the real estate was owned by a heard of black cows. It seemed I was camping in their watering hole. Luckily, I found a big enough patch of grass free of, well, you know, to pitch my tent. Some camps are better than others.
I hope you enjoyed this stretch of my journey as much as I did. Great Falls is deserving of its own post. I was able to paddle from there to Fort Benton in just a few hours, and here I sit in the Grand Union Hotel trying to finish this post. I feel good about this accomplishment and so, if the rain stops tomorrow, I will hit the river again. Fair warning, it may be awhile before I can post again as I am heading into some incredible wilderness area, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Be patient, and be sure and visit my Facebook page if you are able.
Our local Douglas High School students braving the cold weather to learn first hand about river stewardship and environmental responsibility. You guys ROCK! From Missouri River Relief’s FB page:
“A big thanks to Douglass High school students for braving the river with us today and their teacher John Reid for making it happen! We also enjoyed the company of some local “rotarians”, one of our new sponsors, a photo-journalism student, our faithful dog Sombra, and a couple sailing the Mighty Mo. in a canoe complete with a homemade sail! What a day! More photos to come soon hopefully.”
AND…Sioux City, Iowa, middle-school students contribute to, and learn about, environmental responsibility in their local watershed…
Three cheers to these outstanding and inspirational learners! You guys ROCK! That is soooo cool!
Dave Marner has very graciously given me permission to post his photos of the MR340 (Missouri River 340-mile race). I have credited each photo to him per his request. Thanks, Dave!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. They are an outstanding documentation of this very unique and extreme paddling race that began Tuesday July 31 at 7:00 AM in Kansas City, Missouri, and ended Friday August 3 at 11:00 PM in St. Charles, Missouri. Every racer is a rock star!
I speak for many giving special thanks to Missouri River Relief and all of the safety boats watching out for all of the racers’ lives. And, kudos to all ground crews, race personnel, volunteers, and supporters, on the river or at home. Good job.
River Relief held an executive staff meeting yesterday to discuss their upcoming “Friendraiser” event next month, and we all gathered on Roger & Barb Giles’ historic sternwheeler, the Joseph M. LaBarge (of whom Barb is a relative!). Melanie invited me with the hope that we would have a chance to brainstorm expedition ambitions.
Well, it may be too early to discuss details for the trek, particularly since River Relief is in the process of developing an extensive
Education Program for next year, hopefully, if they can acquire the support they need.
They also have a vision for a MO River Action Team program in which communities up and down the river can become Stream Team leaders in the sustainable stewardship of their own areas. What a great idea! River Relief is the ideal role “model.” After eleven years of assisting stream teams throughout the Midwest, River Relief wants to focus on developing a secure base camp in mid-Missouri, building reliable and enduring relationships within our local communities.
What vision!! Now, THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about! Exciting.