Bloomington kayakers conquering the Mississippi from source to sea

Bloomington kayakers Jesse Richard, left, and Matt Rens are navigating the Mississippi from its source, Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico. The 18-year-old Bloomington Jefferson High School graduates took a day off in the Twin Cities before continuing their journey on June 29. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

Bloomington kayakers Jesse Richard, left, and Matt Rens are navigating the Mississippi from its source, Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico. The 18-year-old Bloomington Jefferson High School graduates took a day off in the Twin Cities before continuing their journey on June 29. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

Long days soaking up the summer sun and enjoying a day on a river or lake are the stuff many students dream of during their summer vacation.

For Matt Rens, a Bloomington Jefferson High School class of 2016 graduate, and Jesse Richard, a 2017 Jefferson grad, their summer plans are providing plenty of both, although it’s mostly business that occupies their time.

The duo embarked on a kayak journey of more than 2,300 miles last month. Their goal: to navigate the Mississippi River from its source, Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota, to the sea.

They took a break during their journey to the Gulf of Mexico last week as they passed through the Twin Cities. What was initially going to be a brief overnight stay at home with their families turned into a two-night break from sleeping in a tent or hammock on the shore of the river, thanks to a day of questionable weather during their arrival stop in the Twin Cities.

By June 29 they were back on the water, heading south of the Twin Cities in a pair of loaded kayaks filled with the food, the simplest of propane grills, a modest wardrobe and a few electronic devices to document their travels through the nine remaining states of their journey.

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