And just like that the trip is over! After sleeping on the concrete under a pavilion (our tents are somewhere on the river bottom in Grand Rapids) we paddled through Tuesday morning and the last grey and rainy miles to Grand Haven. Belting out “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” we went out and around the light house and washed up on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan. With a touch of bittersweetness we stowed our paddles for the last time and pulled up the vessels to await our pickup. Our apologies for being silent on the blog the last couple of days but things don’t always go as expected. In a few days time we will get together and start hashing out a full retelling of the story including everything that happened since Lansing and all the fun stories that didn’t make it into the blog yet. Thankfully the camera’s memory card survived the wetness and we will have more pictures! A HUGE thank you to all the river angels who helped us along the way. That includes every single person who gave a good word of encouragement (or discouragement), a place to stay, a bite to eat, a lift and even just a smile. We couldn’t have done it without you.
We finished approximately 370 miles in 24 days and only lost…. 2 paddles, 2 hammocks, 2 tents, 1 cast iron pan, 3 cooking pots, 1 water filter, 1 hatchet, 1 Emberlit camp stove, 3 KleenKanteens, and only a tiny bit of dignity at that darn dam.