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Hello HBB Followers!
We're in the Fargo/Moorhead area waiting for Natalie's flight to Philadelphia tomorrow where she'll be the Maid of Honor for her sister's wedding on July 2nd. She flies back on July 5th and we'll be departing at around 2pm from Lindenwood Park in downtown Fargo.
Downstream has been like floating on a cloud compared to upstream! We think we can average about 45 miles a day and travel at around 5 mph. That's 300% better than upstream on the Minnesota River. We had some big winds on the lakes we paddled to get to the downstream section. The lakes we passed through were Lac Qui Parle, Marsh Lake, Big Stone Lake, Traverse Lake and Mud Lake. We paddled the 41 mile Bois de Souix and have come 92 miles on the Red River of the North -- All in 11 days since we left Montevideo!
|A panorama of Lac Qui Parle. We had a 12 hour 30 mile day on Lac Qui Parle and Marsh Lake because of a huge tail wind. What a day!|
|We portaged the last four miles of the Minnesota into Ortonville because of dead fall but look at that nice bike trail!|
|An aerial photo of us battling the winds on Big Stone Lake taken by Heidi Pilot of Graceville, MN. The headwind was so big that day we had to put 9 big rocks in our canoe. We'll gain some weight before we get to Lake Winnipeg.|
|The headwaters of the Minnesota. We did it! 335 miles upstream in 20 some days.|
|A night paddle on Big Stone Lake|
|The White Rock Dam at the beginning of the Bois de Sioux|
|The headwaters of the Red River of the North in Breckenridge/Wapheton|
Before we paddled Lac Qui Parle we stayed in the coolest retrofitted grain elevator that was refurnished by Dennis Larsen in to a hunting shack. Just think, if every abandoned grain elevator was a place to stay then paddling these rivers would be way more accessible!
|Dennis Larsen the creator of the refurbished 4-season hunting shack|
|Natalie on top of the grain elevator refurbished to be a hunting shack that we stayed in just south of Lac Qui Parle|
|This is Mike and his boulders that he ships around the United States. He let us stay in his fish house when a big storm hit in Appleton, MN.|
|We had a potluck with some people who are involved with the Big Stone County Farmer's Markets|
|Heidi and Elaine are farmer's of Graceville, MN. They met us at our height of land in Browns Valley with their dogs Sasha and Sam, a newfoundland and a great pyrenees.|
|Um ya ya!|
|Family Farm Portrait. This statue we came across on a portage symbolizes the disappearing family farm.|
|A family we met in Montevideo who take lots of trips in the BWCA and have been regularly following our trip!|
Here is the second installment of our music video blog: Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain by Willie Nelson. Enjoy!
Also, here are a few clips of things we've recorded on the GoPro...
We had to paddle over a few dams that didn't seem to serve much of a purpose, but maybe that is just because the river is so flooded right now. There is a lot of 'confused water' over these dams that pose a threat to paddlers like ourselves. The camera is kind of tilted but check it out. If you know of a dam like this near you, start a conversation within your community about whether or not it is necessary and if there is a way you can work to get it removed so that more people can safely use the river for recreation.
The water level has been exceptionally high this summer. Here is a quick montage of the down fall and flooding (we got lost a few times...) due to high waters.
But hey! We've had our fair share of great days too...
That's it for now. We'll blog again in about three weeks when we get to Winnipeg. Enjoy the summer!