Mississippi Howl

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AuthorHouse, Dec 13, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 316 pages
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This book is derived from journals kept by Allan and Dianne Roden as they paddled down the entire Mississippi River in their home-made cedar-strip canoe.† Accompanied by their Australian Cattle Dog, Annie, they started at the source of the Mississippi at Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota where the river is a small stream. Most of the way they camped in a tent on the banks of the river, as they followed it 2,500 miles all† the way to New Orleans.† They experienced many adventures, like getting lost in a large swamp, battling 4-foot waves on a huge lake, getting stuck on wing dams, and dodging barges.† They also saw an abundance of wildlife and met many interesting people that represented a cross-section of the United States. †It was an opportunity to reconnect with each other and rediscover their inner selves.†

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Allan and Dianne Roden have been married for twenty-seven years and have two adult children.† They have always enjoyed camping and outdoor activities.† Allanís fight with cancer interrupted his career as a chemical engineer. †Dianne applied for a sabbatical from Indiana University to spend time with Allan during his last months. As a last resort, Allan signed up for a clinical trial testing a new immune therapy at the National Cancer Institute.† His recovery, which was nothing short of miraculous, provided them with the opportunity to pursue a life-long dream of paddling the entire Mississippi River.† It was a chance to reconnect with each other as they enjoyed each new day on the river as a special gift.

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