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The following are some spontaneous notes and experience responses from the students and teachers on the eight day 1999 JCOS expedition from Memphis to Greenville (approx. 200 river miles). Special Thanks to Krogers Food Stores, Phil "Possum" Cauthen, Estella Houston, Wesley Jefferson "The Mississippi Junebug," Panny Mayfield, Lashelle Fortenay, Frank & Rita Marascalco, Bill & Myrt Gresham Larry Blades, and Bill Serratt (Washington County Tourism) for making the expedition possible. Laptop set up at Greenville's Warfield Point Park
March 24 - April 2, 1999

HI- Here we are, back from a great adventure! Wow! We are very tired and excited about being the first (hopefully annual) Mississippi River Trip. The trip was much more physical than we anticipated.. Bruce said this trip compares favorably with the Boundary Waters trip. We spent beautiful nights on magical islands and sandbars.. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration of getting into the River Gr.oove.

Hi everyone. Bruce here. Rick is currently being interviewed by someone from the local paper about the trip. Click, click go the light bulbs. The trip has been wonderful and very rewarding for each and every one of us. Each day the trees got increasingly green. The river is a strange and wonderful place to be. It has a true spirit. I've seen great things. This is a great cross between Boundary Waters and Teacapan. I've been obsessed by the thought of biscuits and honey and butter while we were floating on the water. Bye. Bruce See y'all soon.

I (Levi) have never been so incredibly dirty in my life. Whenever I scratch my head, I get eight fingernails full of sand. My watch broke. I have had more potatoes in one week than I have ever had in my life. And it has been the greatest time of my life. Who else could claim that they have seen 200 miles of the "Big Muddy" from a canoe. Gotta' go, I have a hankerin' for shower…

Hello everyone…this is Baukje.Got just back from my shower.I was dirty,but the river wasn't nearly as muddy as I expected.This trip had something or more things for everybody:canoeing,nature,camping,sothern culture,sand food HI- Here we are, back from a great adventure! Wow! We are very tired and excited about being the first (hopefully annual) Mississippi River Trip. The trip was much more physical than we anticipated.. Bruce said this trip compares favorably with the Boundary Waters trip. We spent beautiful nights on magical islands and sandbars.. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration of getting into the River Gr.oove.

Hey Greg here and boy am I sandy. This has been the best school trip I have ever been on(it has been the first I have been on). I am enjoying sitting here but I wish I was on the water right now. This was so much fun but I have got a lot of work to do when I get home. I don't know why but I am going to miss this place, and I am going to miss this group. Each person here is a a great friend, well some more than others, I love this group and each person here. Hope the know that. Bye!

Hi every body, I am writing you from the mississippi shore, and boy is it gorgeous. I am refusing to return to my old home in Colorado, and will soon be moving in with my new foster family, Bill and Mert Greshen. So to all the people in my old life, see ya'll later. Josh.

None of the words that I put down can sum up what I have been doing for the past week. I think I will look up amazing in the thesaurus. Even then I doubt it will be close. I could write and write and write about this trip. The way this trip has effected has surprised me. I didn't think I would be able to learn the amount that I did by just visiting a place. I have grown so much. I view things differently now. I look at life differently now. This trip has been a wonderful experience for me and I want to share it with as many people as I possibly can. michael

This has been the best thing I have ever done in my life. I loved being able to canoe and camp I love camping and now I love canoeing I would recommend this trip to anyone no matter what do what ever you have to do to take it. I think after this experience I have become better than what I started out as. This alone would have been great just camping and canoeing but we got these little extras that I never thought I would get. As I say again this is the best experience that I had ever had. Ryan

It would be nice if I could put some of the emotions and feelings I encountered on this trip into words, but I can't. I can say this though, the Mississippi River and Delta area are some of the most awe inspiring and beautiful places on this Earth. RESPECT THIS RIVER IN EVERY WAY!!!!! Love, Matthew W.

Hey y'all! Who knew I'd love camping? This river is alive and speaking; I don't want to stop listening. We've been living on "Raft Potatoes" and "Cowboy Coffee", with sand mixed in with everything; it adds flavor I suppose. It feels strange to be clean now. Rick won't stop dancing like a gorilla with the blues, and Ethan has been continually singing a song about coffee, don't ask to hear it. All's well here, my hurt. When was the last time YOU left civilization behind? Love you all! Rosalie

Hey Folks! Just returned from a powerful travel experience. Living on a river for nine days has been very unique and almost magical. There is something about the Mississippi that brings you to a different state of mind. Just the very movement of the river has changed me and brought me to notice things more. From the coyotes that howl in the evenings, the song of birds in the morining, to the sunsets that light up the whole sky at the end of the day, I have found new things. I strongly recommend this experience. I guarantee it will be a worth it. Heather
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