PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Columbia, Missouri woman arrived in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area yesterday as she continues her solo effort to kayak the Missouri River from its source to St. Louis. 56-year-old Janet Moreland says she just recently graduated from college and received a teaching degree for middle school social studies and science. Since she’s transitioning into a new career soon, she decided now was the time to try the 2,600 mile trip-as it takes several months. Moreland has always liked the outdoors and says she has been adventurous since a young age. She says she began her journey in Montana a few months ago.
Moreland is more than half-way through her trip and says she has enjoyed seeing the variety of wildlife along the Missouri, along with the chance to meet many different people at various stops.
Moreland says she knew the trip would be challenging at times, but says the scenery and some other elements of the route have made it a wonderful experience, so far.
Moreland says electrical storms while she’s in remote areas have been one of the toughest obstacles she’s had to overcome.
Moreland brought some writings about the Lewis and Clark Expedition with her on the trip. She says it’s been interesting comparing her journey with some of their experiences more than 200 years ago, the wildlife they saw and the river conditions they noted on some of the same stretches of water she has been on.
Moreland has had other boaters join her along the route at times, and she arrived in the Pierre area yesterday with two people who paddled with her a few days this week. She overnighted at Oahe Downstream Recreation Area and believes she’ll arrive in St. Louis sometime in September. Next summer, she says she would like to kayak from St. Louis to the Gulf of Mexico to be able to say she has boated from the river’s source to the Gulf.
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