In 40 days I plan to begin my journey to explore the Mississippi River.
This may seem like plenty of time to prepare, but with several other projects going on at the same time, I am already feeling a little stretched.
Unlike past journeys, this time I have reached out to community businesses and invited them to participate and show their support for educating our students in this special way. It's been a little daunting and sometimes even a bit discouraging at times, but my resolve has not wavered nor my commitment to my message. If I need to eat peanut butter sandwiches for two months in order to get this accomplished, then so be it.
I am excited to share the Fremont radio stations KHUB and KFMT are taking a more active role in this trip and we have plans to start running promotions the first week of July.
"Where in the world is Dean?" This will be a game played twice weekly in the morning at 8:20, as listeners will have to guess where I am when I call in. This is going to be fun and for sure will generate some excitement for the journey.
Also, my weekly column will come back to the Fremont Tribune. I know there are many in the community who look forward to reading about my adventures. I am happy to take them along via the newspaper.
I’m going to start keeping a blog about this journey now. It will give you a chance to follow me as I prepare to do something that I am not completely sure how I am going to do. Traveling in the United States is different then traveling in other parts of the world. I’ll leave that for later.
Today racks were installed on the topper of my little green pickup truck, I now have a way to transport my canoe.
One step closer to getting ready to explore. Next, get a canoe!
The journey promises the opportunity to meet some interesting people who grew up with the Mississippi River. I am looking forward to learning what the Mississippi River means to them, what it represents and how it has shaped their views on life.
I am happy to have you along on this next journey. To learn something about this amazing river, the history woven into its fabric, the nature nurtured by its waters and the people who call it home.