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Capturing the Mississippi is a daily photo journal documenting our 2,300 mile canoe trip down the Mississippi River this summer.

This is the adventure of a lifetime and we want you to be a part of it!

The Trip

On June 8 we will be paddling the 2,300 miles of the Muddy Waters of the Mississippi River. We’ll be starting in South Clearwater, MN at Lake Itasca and heading all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico in New Orleans, LA.

I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is yes- we would love for you to come along with us!

But, we know you all have personal obligations and those pesky commitments, but never fear- this is where the really cool part starts... I’m going to publish a photo-a-day journal of our trip so that you can be there every step of the way!

The Photo Book
At the end of each day I will pick a photo that best sums up that day’s events, whether that is an amazing sunrise over Memphis, meeting some awesome people at the local pub, stumbling upon a summer festival, or getting lost in the never ending forest of weeds and hydro plants. At the end of the trip I will compile these photos in to one photo book and it will tell the complete story of our trip, and you get to be right there with us!

Because we don’t know the exact number of days the trip will take us, Capturing the Mississippi will be somewhere between 50-100 pages. The average length of this trip is around 70 days so that means the book would be 70 pages. Since we plan on finishing our trip in mid-August, you should plan on receiving your copy of CTM and other prizes in November!

We have set up some awesome prizes in addition to a Deluxe signed copy of Capturing the Mississippi. Some of those include high quality prints, post cards sent by us during our trip’s duration, an E-Book of CTM, and many more.

Why you should be a part of CTM

If you are a dreamer and want to be a part of a great American adventure, this is for you. This photo book and trip are a celebration of youth, freedom, wanderlust, and making dreams come true. We are at that amazing time in our life when the entire world lies before us, and we want to live this moment to its fullest and document it for all to remember.

We love you, think you are amazing, and would be absolutely thrilled to have your support! Don’t you want to make the dreams of these crazy kids happen? It’s easy to just let your dreams pass you by in the current of life (pun intended), but this is our chance to fulfill this adventure and for you to be part of it through the art of photography. So put that life jacket on and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! This is going to be an amazing trip and we cannot do it without YOU!

Thank you Kickstarters!

The Money Breakdown

The bulk of funding raised here on Kickstarter is going towards producing our photo book Capturing the Mississippi. Any excess, which would help immensely, will go towards food/ toiletry costs during the trip, travel expenses to get from Indianapolis to Minnesota and from New Orleans back to Indianapolis.

Q and A’s

How long will you be on the river/ when do you plan on finishing?

We created an elaborate equation, calculating wind speed, rain fall, and paddling variation, etc. (just kidding)… and came up with August 17th. The average length we’ve calculated is 72 days for a trip from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Gulf.

How did we come up with this idea?

You know one of those long summer nights when laughs are easy, the company’s fantastic, and every idea is a good idea…? It came from there. We had actually set the date for 2012 but had a great opportunity we couldn’t possible pass up, so we pushed the due date back to 2013 and here we are! We’ve been planning this trip for nearly two years, and we’re finally ready!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest risk of this trip is the weather. We have been following the Farmer’s Almanac for 2013, but as we all know Mother Nature is never truly predictable. If there is a large rainstorm, we will seek shelter for a those days then resume paddling ASAP! Even in that event you can be sure we will document it all for CTM.
Another possible challenge is if either of us were to get sick or injured during our trip. In the event that happens we would return home and publish CTM nonetheless but rework the formatting.

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