Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Learning and Spirit, Kayaking the Mississippi River
“It had been on my bucket-list since I was a boy and read Huck Finn,” reports Dave Ellingson, college professor and pastor, who paddled the entire Mississippi River in his kayak during the summer of 2012. Paddle Pilgrim chronicles this “adventure of a lifetime” and recounts experiences from basking in a sublime sunset in Minnesota to dancing with a snake on an Arkansas sandbar. In addition to painting a kaleidoscope of vivid word pictures of river scenery, Ellingson writes movingly about the “interior landscapes” of solitude, silence, prayer, and communion with creation. “What began as an adventure led to learning and ultimately to spiritual pilgrimage!” he says.
Autographed by the author
With a huge crash of thunder the gale commenced with a force I could never have imagined. Lightning flashed on all sides. As a boy in Iowa, I remember my grandfather describing a bad storm as a “gully-washer”. I hoped I wouldn’t be washed away. The wind crescendoed to a deep-throated growl. Its strength pushed against my tent with such force that I feared I would be picked up and thrown into the river. In desperation I stretched out my body and lay prone on the floor of my tent in an attempt to add my body mass to my gear, tent stakes and ropes which were now whistling with the strain of the wind’s gusts.
"The reader is blessed to have the opportunity to join Dave in the cockpit of his kayak for the adventure of a lifetime. Dave brings the river and its colorful inhabitants to life. You will be inspired to take your own journey of discovery and renewal."
-Jim Lewis, Author and Adventurer