My Montana Missouri River Mission. #Goals!
And that's a wrap.
Last week I did it again. I managed to get another beautiful Fall float in, not bad for the end of October. But what now? In 2014 my girlfriend and I made a goal to float the Missouri every month for a year. We did it! Since then, I think I have maybe missed a month or two, here and there, but I am pretty consistent when it comes to kayaking.
Time to plan for Missouri River adventures for Spring of 2023. And I have a doozey planned. Well, this has been on my mind for a few years, but never committed, and I think the time has come to fill you in, ultimately to keep me accountable.
I want to float the entire Missouri River in Montana. I know this is actually a "thing," and a huge "thing" for some extreme kayakers, not only floating the length of the Missouri, but kayaking into the Gulf of Mexico. It's a "thing" and this "thing" was most recently done by a fellow Montanan Amanda Hoenes.
Amanda is originally from Bozeman, currently lives in Wisconsin, and completed her journey in 6 months. Amanda launched from Three Forks Montana July 11, 2021. January 18, 2022 was the day she reached the Gulf of Mexico after traveling 3,600 miles. Amanda traveled with her 4-legged companion, Hank. Click here to read more about Amanda's journey.
For me, baby steps. I also want to point out that I am focusing on floating the Missouri River, and not the Reservoirs. Again....baby steps. Montana's Missouri River portion is about 725 miles with the reservoirs.
I was able to get a section of the Missouri checked off my "to do list" over the Summer and when I looked at what I have already done and what needs to be done, I think this is doable. Plus, I'm not getting any younger.
Basically, I just figured out a Winter project for myself and now that I have posted this to the internet, I better get busy. So, stay tuned for more stories to come on what parts of the Missouri I have already floated, and what parts of the Missouri I have not floated.... yet. Let's call this "My Montana Missouri River Mission."
Now let's get it done!