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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
No 269, Wednesday, Dec 17th, 2014
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“I Saw Three Canoes
Come Sailing In…”

Winter Solistice Sandbar Bonfire & Free Canoe Rides on the River!

At Montzuma (Delta) Landing

Mississippi River Sandbar

Saturday, Dec 20th, 10am-5pm

(Please note: weather dependent! Will be postponed if there's been significant precipitation. Will send out final mailer with announcement Sat Morning Dec 20th. Call 870-228-2266 or 662-902-7841 for confirmation)

Dear Friends: We Quapaws want to say “thank you” to Clarksdale, Helena, and all of the good people of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and elsewhere, coast to coast, and around the world -- all of you who helped make 2014 a groundbreaking year for us -- and for the future of nature tourism on our beloved Mississippi River!

Saturday, Dec 20th: 10am-5pm. Quapaw Solstice Celebration and Christmas Party at Montezuma (Delta) Landing.

Free 2-Hour Canoe Rides in our big voyageur canoes on the Mississippi River (weather dependent). Bonfire. Come dressed for the weather, lots of warm layers, warm boots, gloves, mittens, scarves, dress like you’re going on a hayride. We’ll have a roaring fire and hot spiced cider, ginger tea, and cocoa. Please bring your own shish-ka-bobs, hot dogs, or marshmallows, or etc.... Bring whatever else you want to roast -- or toast! We’ll have pfds and paddles for the river. All ages welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Subject to the weather. This will be postponed if it's been raining, sleeting or snowing! (This landing becomes a muddy mess after precipitation). Write john@island63.com or call 870-228-2266 or 662-627-4070 for confirmation or postponement.

Where is Montezuma (Delta) Landing?

Montezuma Landing (also known as Delta Landing) is the public access on the East bank of the Mississippi River 2 miles north of Friars Point. If you're coming by river, it's LBD at mile 654.7. By land it's equidistant between Helena and Clarksdale. Access from the levee. For map and directions, go to google maps:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zuHKMJCfTcpQ.kMG798AidJaY

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Merry Christmas from the Mighty Quapaws
including "Shady Cat," our new Mascot
from the alleyways of Clarksdale

Unique Hand-Crafted River Gifts

We are now offering unique hand-crafted River Gifts, written, painted, produced and packaged by John Ruskey and the Mighty Quapaws to help support the mission of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. You won’t find these anywhere else (except maybe the Delta Cultural Center in Helena or Cat Head Music & Arts in Clarksdale).

We have Gift Certificates for our high-quality, custom-guided river trips: such as daytrips for couples, overnights for friends, long weekends for families, and full moon trips. Full color gift certificate printed according to your trip and mailed out before Christmas! Write to john@island63.com for details.

MAP SHOP:

For online viewing and selection, please go to the Rivergator Map Shop at:

http://www.rivergator.org/resources/map-shop.cfm

MISSISSIPPI RIVER MAP-POSTERS

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St. Louis to Caruthersville 18 x 28” poster

Rivergator: Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

$10 each (New this year: Hot off the press!)

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Vicksburg to New Orleans 18 x 24” poster

Rivergator: Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

$10 each (New this year: Hot off the press!)

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St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico 18 x 24” poster

Rivergator: Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

$10 each (Our base map for the Water Trail)

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Helena to Greenville 18 x 24” poster

Rivergator: Lower Mississippi River Water Trail

$10 each (including the mouth of the Arkansas)

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Big Island Circumnavigation 18 x 24” poster

Annual Learning Adventure for KIPP Delta Schools

$10 each (Biggest Island in between the coasts!)

(All prices include 7% MS tax)

For posters: Pickup at our Clarksdale location, or we can ship. Standard handling and priority shipping US Mail add $10/order. Overseas orders add $20. Payment by check or Paypal. Email order to john@island63.com for completion. Thank you and Many blessings from the Mighty Quapaws!

BOOKS:

RIVERGATOR: PADDLER’S GUIDE TO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER

These books are hand-bound and stapled with love and care by the Mighty Quapaws, one at a time.

(Note: All writing is available FREE OF CHARGE at www.rivergator.org, but you might want your own hand-bound copy signed by author for your winter reading enjoyment. Full of river stories, adventures, and advice, most of it useful!)

BOOK SHOP:

For online viewing and selection, please go to the Rivergator Map Shop at:

http://www.rivergator.org/resources/bookshop.cfm

Caruthersville to Memphis

2013 by John Ruskey

89 pages 8.5 x 11

$50

Memphis to Helena

2012 by John Ruskey

80 pages 8.5 x 11

$50

Helena to Greenville

2011 by John Ruskey

95 pages 8.5 x 11

$50

Greenville to Vicksburg

2013 by John Ruskey

93 pages 8.5 x 11

$50

Canoe! Canoe!

2006 by Michael F. Clark and John Ruskey; Re-printed in 2014 one at a time, and spiral bound with copy of original watercolor Canoe! Canoe! painting.

8.5 x 11, 173 pages full color cover with dozens of B&W photos, maps, and river drawings from the 2004-2006 Scott Mandrell and Churchill Clark "Now We Paddle for the People" Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Re-enactment Expedition, including the Columbia, Snake, Clearwater, Yellowstone, Middle Miss and "Big Muddy" Missouri Rivers. And epic adventure in dugout canoes.

$100 each

(All prices include 7% MS tax)

For books: Pickup at our Clarksdale location, or we can ship. Standard handling and priority shipping US Mail add $15/order. Overseas orders add $25. Payment by check or Paypal. Email order to john@island63.com for completion. Thank you and Many blessings from the Mighty Quapaws!

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Special Deal on I AM COYOTE!

Book: I AM COYOTE: Readings for the Wild

2014 Edited by Jay Schoenberger

275 pages 5 x 8

$18.95

Free Shipping on Book: I AM COYOTE

(Including Rivergator Excerpt!) For free shipping, go to the website http://www.readingsforthewild.com/ and be sure to enter the coupon word: “ruskey”

Most know the Mississippi River as the powerful, coffee-colored waterway that cuts through the center of America, or as the stomping grounds for Mark Twain’s indelible characters. But it is also a viable wilderness thriving right under our noses. In pulling together writings from Muir, Thoreau, Roosevelt, Rivergator, and many, many others, I AM COYOTE makes a strong bid for the ultimate river island campfire anthology.

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UPCOMING IN 2015:

March 2015: Atchafalaya River Expedition

From Three Rivers WMA to the Gulf of Mexico

via Simmesport, Krotz Springs, Flat Lake and Morgan City with side trips down mysterious side channels and bayous, and fantastic birding, amphibians, and exploration along the way!

April 2015: Rivergator Expedition:

Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico

including Plaquemine, New Orleans and Venice (bring your haz mat suits and respirator)

October/November 2015:

Rivergator Completion Celebration Expedition:

St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico

1180 miles on the Middle and Lower Mississippi River! Start: Missouri River Confluence. End: salty waters of the Carribean.

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