One Month to Go


One month from today I will begin my journey down the Mighty Mississippi River. The journey is called by most, “source to sea”. That is because I will be leaving from the headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and traveling approximately 2350 miles to where the river meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Being one month out I’m really starting to get excited since this has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. There are also some nerves because there is still so much to do to prepare. There are also many unknowns. Just last week I found out the lock at St. Anthony’s falls is closed and will require a 1.5 mile portage through downtown Minneapolis. I’m not sure what else I will find out but that’s what makes it an adventure.

I’m mostly excited about the people I will meet along the way. I’ve already met so many amazing Rotarians who have offered their homes for me to stay, get a hot meal and a warm shower. I’ve met the Commandant of the Mississippi National Park and Recreation Area who wrote the book “The River We Have Wrought: A History of the Upper Mississippi”. He also wrote chapter 2 of the after action report for the Federal Government’s assessment of the Great Flood of 93. He was a wealth of knowledge and gave me some really good advice.

I hope you will follow my journey both here on my blog and on social media. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at Mississippi Expedition for ShelterBox.

3 thoughts on “One Month to Go”

  1. Hi Eric,

    Wow, you are really doing this? This should have been a “most likely” picture in the yearbook. Who is most likely to travel down the mighty Mississippi? Who else but Eric Elsea!! 😁 Good luck on your adventure and can’t wait to see you make it through the St. Louis area! Stay save and be careful!

    Have fun and enjoy!
    Jennifer (Brand) Bruce

    1. It was my dream back then and I’m finally getting to live it! Thanks for the well wishes Jennifer!!

  2. La Salle’s expedition began written history for most of the Midwest and his contact with the tribes of the west served as an important record of the early history of North America.

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