Saturday, February 7, 2009

"The basin of the Mississippi is the body of the Nation" -- Mark Twain

On January 5, 2009, I began a virtual swim down the Mississippi. It was about 20 degrees that day, so staying indoors seemed prudent. I could have started from the scenic headwaters of Lake Itasca, but chose to start closer to home, at Mile 848 just above Lock & Dam # 1 in Minneapolis (

For my notes on the trip, I am using the Friends of the Mississippi River's Field Guide.

Day 1: 1.14 miles, below Mile 847, Hidden Falls Regional Park:

Day 2: 1.14 miles, below Mile 846, Fort Snelling:

Day 3: 1.5 miles, above Mile 844, Pike Island:

Day 4: 0.75 miles, below Mile 844, confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers:

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