Victory in St. Joseph!
So many victories on the rivers this last week end! Hats off and kudos to these awe-inspiring challenges and extraordinary achievements. But the humblest of all heroes are in St. Joseph and they deserve our attention, too. First, though, a recap of events:
Mark Kalch is first man to paddle the Missouri River from source to Gulf, completing two out of seven of the longest rivers on seven continents. http://www.7rivers7continents.com/worlds-end/
Dave Corthwaite swims 1000 miles of the Missouri River and pulls into the St. Louis Arch having completed his trek with his team. https://www.facebook.com/expedition1000
Tyler Ranes and Tom Walker finish their (aluminum) canoe trip from Great Falls, Montana, to New Orleans. https://www.facebook.com/tyler.ranes.5?ref=ts&fref=ts
Brent Mills and Hunter from Greenville, South Carolina had reached the Gulf the very morning Mark Kalch did, having paddled the length of the Mississippi River from Lake Ithasca. https://www.facebook.com/brent.mill?ref=ts&fref=ts
Dom Liboiron Canoeing to New Orleans in Memory of my Uncle Mitch, Rod Wellington https://www.facebook.com/rod.wellington.9?ref=ts&fref=ts , and Matthew Batton https://www.facebook.com/matthew.batten.73?ref=ts&fref=ts are still paddling on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.
But let me tell you about the unsung heroes on the Missouri River. The citizens of St. Joseph, Missouri, under the leadership of Missouri River Relief, spent a cold day on the river cleaning up trash from its river banks on Saturday. Different strokes for different folks (no pun intended), these adults, children, men, and women reaped unforgettable rewards and earned quiet respect because of their selfless service to help make our Big Muddy one of the cleanest and finest rivers in all the land.
Three cheers to River Relief and the folks in St. Joseph!!! You should stand tall among the victories that graced our mighty waterways this last week-end, October 6, 2012.
(Clean up photos by Rachel Beck www.rachelbeckphotos.com )