Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 5

WHEW! It’s only been a few days, but so much has happened. We had a little change of plans. Turns out the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area was too high to canoe safely. I have to admit, we were pretty bummed. But ya know what? We decided it would be best to go with the flow.

Instead of starting in St. Paul, we took our canoes to very beginning of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca. So amazing! The river sure is narrow at the start. It should be called the Mississippi Creek! Here’s a picture of us canoeing into the Mississippi Headwaters.

Tick Attack!
The other day Joe somehow managed to get covered in wood ticks. Apparently it’s one of his many hidden talents. There must have been like 25 of ‘em! We had to get him cleaned off before getting back on the river. Most of them were just on his clothes. None had bitten him, so we were safe there. Gross none-the-less. Hope he doesn’t develop a nervous tick.

Bugs weren’t the only thing in northern MN. Late one night we were awoken by packs of wolves howling to one another across the river from our camp. It went on for nearly 20 minutes. We could only assume that they had come out to wish us good luck on our trip. I wonder what wildlife scenes we'll experience when we begin canoeing the southern part of the state.

We are currently on our way to Alma Wisconsin to meet up with Kenny Salwey, the Last River Rat. We’ll update you again soon, so stay tuned!


  1. Let the adventure begin! Bravo to you Okee Dokee's for embarking on such creative and bold journey. We'll be keeping a keen eye on your progress. Good luck and Godspeed!

  2. Amazing I wish you all the best and tons of fun. I plan on doing this very same trip starting next fall, but with a bit of a twist as I plan to end up in Brazil for world cup 2014. I just bought the houseboat for it last week. You can follow along if you like at www.aowanders.com