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Friday, February 5, 2010

BTS Atchafalaya Expedition - John Ruskey and Cowboy Coffee

Slept well at the Quapaw Canoe Company headquarter's new hostel and awoke to find a thermos of cowboy coffee and milk from our gracious host and legendary riverman, John Ruskey. "G'mornin' Mateys! Frrresh Cowboy Coffee I'm headed for groceries Give a holler if ya need anything." - John
The coffee kickstarts my heart and as I stare out at the grey skies and endless downpour, the reality of the Expedition sets in. The local paper described our team as "Surfer dudes meet Muddy Waters" and staring out the window at the Sunflower River, I get a first glimpse of the silty, turbid waters of the south. With memories of the Mississippi Blues from the classic Ground Zero bar fresh in my mind, I set into repacking my gear and await the return of John Ruskey. Today the rest of the Expedition team arrives and tomorrow we will help present the dugout canoe process to local school children. At noon, Kristian Gustavson will present his synopsis of the river with, "Signs of the Crossroads..."

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