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Down the Mississippi River

Five years ago I started a life changing trip. In august 2017, I bought a kayak and paddled 2,300 miles from Minnesota to New Orleans on the Mississippi River.


I was celebrating my first full year of sobriety (that is another longer more personal story) and everything in life seemed new, fresh, and kind of scary. Embracing that feeling of being overwhelmed and excited by a new life, I launched into the continents largest and most well know river.


The three month trip was among the most influential 90 days of my life. On that extended camping trip I had long days alone, storms, challenges, and near misses to navigate. I thrived living with such simple intention and clarity. By time I finished in New Orleans I recognized that extended time in nature had to be a large part of my life going forward. Since then, I have tried to share the power of extended time in nature, specifically the healing power of flowing water. (my belief in humans connection and need for rivers is an even longer and even more personal story lol)


I love sharing camping trips and paddle trips with guests. I sincerely hope I can get you out on the water this season to experience the magic first hand.



All the trips are four days and three nights on a spectacular river. Sleeping under the stars, eating great meals, and meeting amazing people. All the tours are fully outfitted with all gear, equipment, food, and me as your guide :)


As always if you have questions or ideas about the trips shoot me a message here w the contact form or on Instagram @bd_markey


Hope to see you on the river,

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