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DustyRoads - Mississippi River Journal - 2020

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Dustin Stensland
City: Laporte
State: Minnesota
Country: United States
Begins: Jun 19, 2020
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Jun 20th, 2020
Start: Coffee Pot Landing
End: Fox Trap Campsite
Daily Distance: 15
Trip Distance: 32.0
Hours Hiked: 7
Min Temp: 55
Max Temp: 70
Breaks: 0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 153
Journal Visits: 7,828
Guestbook Views: 92
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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Mississippi River Map

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Very sore, but in a hurry to beat the storm.

I woke up very early at 4:30 as that’s when it starts getting light out and the birds start chirping.I was exhausted and didn’t want to be up that early.I got up and set off at 8am right behind the group of girls who I camped with, although they’d be much faster than I and didn’t expect to keep up with them.I saw so many more animals today, from multiple turtles, to hearing a beaver growl at me and more swim off to seeing ducks and their ducklings.I noticed that the ducks would fake like they were injuring to lure me away from their ducklings until I got far enough away from them.I was going to take a lunch at 1pm because I was so sore, from my back to my wrist, but I had just a little bit of cell phone reception and I read a weather report saying that thunderstorms were rolling in at 5pm.I knew I had to keep paddling to get to my campsite before it stormed as it was only marshland between me and my campsite, not a very good spot to setup camp during a storm. I rolled into the Fox Trap Campsite at 5pm absolutely exhausted and in pain.I didn’t even make anything to eat, both because I was tired and I didn’t seem to eat much the first week when I did the PCT either. Although my body was aching for calories, I was not hungry, and even if I would have tried to eat my stomach may not have let me. Maybe that’s my body wondering what they hell I’m doing and focusing on other needs than being hungry haha.I setup my tent and fell asleep quickly to the sound of rain starting to fall.

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Birch Bark Canoe Mississippi River Thru Paddle

On the river with my Birch Bark Canoe! :)


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