Photos: Mississippi River Adventures

Head down one of America's most iconic waterway

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    A lunaresque scene on Island 78.

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    River outfitter and expert paddler John Ruskey.

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    One of Ruskey's handmade canoes.

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    Warming up by the fire.

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    The author enjoys an evening sip.

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    Stew-bound vegetables at dinnertime.

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    The canoes awaiting adventure.

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    A crew of paddlers prepare to take out.

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    Ruskey's signature move.

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    A makeshift dryer for water boots.

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    Fellow canoeists on break.

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    Part of the feast: mushrooms and cabbage.

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    Water boiling on the fire.

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    An evening fire for warmth.

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    Ruskey illuminates his dinner.

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    The campground.

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    Adventureers take on the Lower Mississippi.

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    A canoe ready for launch.

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    Ruskey of Ruskey's Quapaw Canoe Company sits aboard one of his creations.

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