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June 17

We have just completed our 10th day on the river and are feeling great. Our daily routine is to wake up at 6:30 and get on the water by 8 a.m. We try to complete roughly 30 miles per day and average about 5 m.p.h., so we spend about 6-9 hours on the water each day. Once we're done for the day we are usually exhausted. Until yesterday, towns in northern Minnesota on the river were each about 5 days apart. Now, though, they are getting closer and we couldn't be happier.

While camping we eat ramen noodles, dehydrated mashed potatoes, soup, and basically anything that you just need to add water to. We relish the opportunity for a stop in a town, where, God willing, we're able to grab a cheeseburger and a pint of beer. 

We have had such a great time so far. Not being able to have a burger, a beer, a shower, a toilet, or water makes every time we do a precious moment. I think that's what the theme of our trip is so far-appreciation. Appreciation for nature, family, a bed, each other, etc. 

Madelyn

June 23

Just getting ready to hit the sack for the night in St. Cloud, MN (a great little city by the way). We had a nice rest today after paddling through storms these past few days. We finished some laundry, caught up on House Hunters, got some supplies, planned out our route for the upcoming days, and we're about 400 miles in. 

We've been having an amazing time exploring Minnesota, a state I'd never been to before. You've got to love Mid-western hospitality which is even greater here up north. 

A 38 mile day is on the agenda for tomorrow and we'll be heading into the country again, so so-long for now. I'll update again when possible.

Madelyn

Editor’s note: Madelyn Hille, 23, from Elmore, a Woodmore graduate, is canoeing the length of the Mississippi River with her partner Adam Hoffmeister, 25.They have graciously agreed to take The Beacon’s readers along on their 2500 mile trip, sending us photos and reports as internet access allows. To follow along or send messages of encouragement, connect to Capturing the Mississippi on facebook.

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