Abby Ruskey, on her first overnight trip on the Mississippi River with her brother. She aims to change the world, and after hearing some talk of her strategies to effect change, I believe it will happen. Here, completely wild on Middle Dean's Island.
Nick and Jen Lyman paddled for a weekend, flew in from Portland, OR. Nick is an ex-geographer-turned-software-app-developer in tune with quiet and collecting firewood. Jen works for the city of Portland in transportation, on a quest daily to make light of anything and everything.
Robin Colonas lives in Clarksdale, MS, is a Merchant Mariner, owns and runs The New Roxy theater, and came on board between Memphis and Helena.
Christine Ingrassia is Alderwoman for Ward 6 in St. Louis, MO, paddled from Memphis to Helena, also supported our detour to the St. Louis Memorial Arch, gathering with the mayor of East St. Louis, and celebrating World Water Day earlier on the expedition.
Emma Ingrassia joined her mother on the weekend paddle from Memphis. A college student in Missouri, she holds the key to helping propel the conversation needed to bring the River to college-age youth.