Some days start easy and end with a roar.
Late start today after a great evening at the Neibler’s. John Sullivan and I paddled together, catching up on the latest from Facebook, Mississippi River Paddlers, and other news. Marvelous homes lined the river’s edge, making the scenery something to behold. Portages were easy, as we were able put in just below the Coon Rapids dam.
Our island campsite was wonderful to start with. Beautiful sunset, wildlife to admire, and an overall perfect spot. Then, obnoxiously loud music from the park across from where we were camping intruded on our environment. Soon though, the party was extinguished when an intense weather cell passed nearby.
The dam operators started releasing water, so the river waters on our island campsite began to quickly rise. We had to get up in the middle of the night to move the boats further into the woods. Even though the bad weather was long gone, the wind was giving it her best shot to blow my tent away. Some of my stuff got wet, but the tent held up very well through the hard rains and swift winds. Now to clear up all the mess and find a new campsite closer to the St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.
I'm the Grey Beard Adventurer. But you can call me Dale Sanders, and these are my stories.