Just like I had my big dream to create an island for comfort rabbits, I believe that everyone has their own "island" dreams... and some are relentless in their pursuit. They put in the hours, the effort, and show up on the cold days and work even harder.
I am excited to pay it forward to support this team and I'm giddy to think of the huge celebration when they reach their goal.
- Caleb Smith (April 2021)
RIVER FUN FACTS
* Approximately 2,300 miles
* Fourth-longest river in the world
* Starts at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and makes a question mark shape as it flows 681 miles through Minnesota—the most miles of any state the river flows through, second only to Louisiana.
* The remaining states border the river.
* From top to bottom:
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
* Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.
During summer of 2019 we met up with a group that was training to break the Guinness World record: “Fastest Time to Row the Length of the Mississippi River by a Team”. They were out on a training run and they landed on the same island we were visiting. A friendship began on the river and we're thrilled to support their efforts which will help educate people about the need to protect the river.
People have been setting and breaking the record for fastest paddle down the Mississippi River since 1937. Most of the teams that have set the world record have done so in a canoe, though per the guidelines issued by Guinness a scull, rowing boat, kayak or canoe would be permissible.
In 2020, Scott Miller along with KJ Millhone (record holder in 1980's), Casey Millhone (his daughter) and Oliver Simes put together a team to break the record.
Because of the Covid pandemic and numerous stay at home orders, this attempt was scraped and Scott Miller put together the current team trying to break the record in 2021.
I hope you'll join me in cheering them on and consider supporting their effort this May.