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Captured the Mississippi

Why hello Gulf of Mexico... We've been waiting a long time to see you and we are finally here! 

70 days ago (exactly!) Adam and I put in at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Minnesota with our canoe, and our journey has finally come to a close. Three days ago we decided to trade the ocean liners for alligators and unexpectedly fulfill one of my life long dreams: to float down the Atchafalaya River, something I've wanted to do ever since seeing the PBS documentary Atchafalaya Houseboat when I was 18, to finish our journey. 

So here we are, in Morgan City, LA at the Gulf and heading to New Orleans for our final celebration soon! Thank you all so much for the support along the way! This has been the most difficult yet most amazing experience of my life and I can't believe it's over! Here's to the next 2,300 miles.

Editor’s note: Madelyn Hille, 23, from Elmore, a Woodmore graduate, just canoed the length of the Mississippi River with her partner Adam Hoffmeister, 25. For more details, connect to Capturing the Mississippi on facebook.

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