There are great photos and videos of the first few days posted at Dale Sanders Source to Sea facebook page. The group has almost 1,400 members. Please visit it and ask to join.
This is what the Mighty Mississippi looks like at the headwaters. Here we’re about a half-mile from Lake Itasca. There was concern in the weeks leading up to departure that the water would be too low for easy travel the first couple of days, but rain immediately prior to our arrival fixed that problem – one of many things that worked our way in recent days.
Pulling in for lunch at a primitive camp-site. The river looked like this for much of the first day, but there were also more heavily wooded areas which is where the rapids were usually found – and downed trees (called “strainers”, for the way they cull you from your boat)
Special shout out to Alyce Louise who came up from Minneapolis (about a 5 hr drive) to share her cheeriness and help store some of our gear until we see her again in three weeks. Alyce paddled the Mississippi last summer, we met her when she and her crew came through Memphis. Also a special shout out to Judi (on the right) and Elaine (not pictured). Judi and Elaine are Dale’s much-younger sisters. They trailered us up to MN and ferried our gear around for several days so we could travel light along the spots where the water is most likely to be low. They stayed in the Hampton Inn in Bemidji (nice place!) and met us each morning with hot coffee and oatmeal and then again each afternoon with a cold beer. We love Elaine and Judy!