So you think you had an interesting summer vacation?
How about taking four months to paddle a sea kayak down the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca, Minn. to the Gulf of Mexico?
Sound like fun? Alyssum Pohl thinks so and she’s living her dream.
Pohl, a Lexington native and University of Kentucky graduate, started her journey on June 27. That makes today her 63rd day on the mighty Mississippi.
She is compiling data for the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation microplastic campaign. Every 100 miles Pohl collects a sample of water and sends it to their headquarters for analysis. Scientists dry the sample and burn off the organic matter, leaving the residual metal and plastic, which is otherwise invisible in the Mississippi River.
Along with the beauty of the river and the adventure she is experiencing, there have been a few problems—a broken stove, swarms of mosquitoes and some unsettling weather.
We asked Pohl to paddle into a safe spot so she could take a few minutes to tell us about her trip.
You can follow Pohl’s journey and see more pictures of her trip on her blog, Paddle On!