Hi, I’m Ryan. My family moved to western North Carolina before I could walk, and I’ve been stationed there ever since. As much as I love those Appalachian Mountains, I have always had a wanderlust for exploring new places. Some of the most exciting times I have had are when I’m on the streets of a city that is completely new to me, or alone in a foreign wilderness. I’ve been dreaming of canoeing the Mississippi River off and on since I was around 16 years old. This desire is inspired by a combination of the writings of Mark Twain, my recent 23rd birthday, an appetite for adventure, and reading of a 19-year-old Abraham Lincoln’s flatboat journey from New Salem, Illinois, to New Orleans.
Although access to a computer, or my desire to find one may be limited, I plan to chronicle my journey on this website. Regardless of whether the posts are made in real time or not, I will be journaling extensively and taking lots of photographs, so I hope to one day make this site a complete log of my adventures on the Mighty Mississippi.