The Big River Show

From Minneapolis
New Orleans in 80 days

Jun 2


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We both are very excited to be getting under way tomorrow. It has been eight days since we got the boat, though only six days working on it and half of that time I was out of town so Bill was working on it alone and yet… we’re ready to get moving. Mosquito net or not we are aching for adventure. Just because we have no rain-proof tarp or canvas doesn’t mean we need to stay put another day. We took the boat out and it floats! That’s all the encouragement we need. We don’t have a working kitchen, but we can cook on the ground.

Adventure calls.

We named the boat Evangeline after the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about a young French woman from Acadia traveling south to find her husband and eventually ending up in New Orleans. We also just found out that in the original Greek the name means “good news”. It is also lore that a feminine boat name assuages the masculine gods of the open sea. The Mississippi is a masculine river (one of the very few); we figured we’d choose a pretty name so Mr. Mississippi would treat her right.

The rum we used for the christening was from New Orleans, bottled and given to us by a video blogging couple we met the day we departed from California. Check them out at

We felt it was appropriate to offer some back to the mighty waters which would soon bear us to those distant banks. We shall see if the spirits approve. By the way… if you haven’t already, I suggest you check out the links at the top of the page. Especially the donations link.

19 Comments so far

  1. Martin June 3rd, 2008 7:50 am

    Sorry I missed the christening. Have fun guys!

  2. Brent Rose June 3rd, 2008 9:31 am

    Congrats, boys, on episode number one!! I can’t wait to follow this adventure!

  3. Katie June 3rd, 2008 1:02 pm


  4. Eric June 3rd, 2008 1:27 pm

    Dear Bill (and Max),

    Great first episode! So, is that a real boat or some kind of pretend boat with actors on board playing real people? I’m thinking the banjo is definitely fake. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the shark episode.

    Happy sailing,

  5. Kitty June 3rd, 2008 1:51 pm

    I can’t wait! This is going to be great! Bon Voyage . . .

  6. Henry June 3rd, 2008 5:22 pm

    Bored? Read Longfellow’s Evangeline here:

  7. Melissa June 3rd, 2008 5:57 pm

    Dude… Just to let you know… You didn’t start out in Minneapolis, it was St. Paul. :)

  8. Becky June 3rd, 2008 7:04 pm

    Dear Tom,

    Wishing you good luck and fair weather
    By dorothy parker

    This level reach of blue is not my sea;
    Here are sweet waters, pretty in the sun,
    Whose quiet ripples meet obediently
    A marked and measured line, one after one.
    This is no sea of mine. that humbly laves
    Untroubled sands, spread glittering and warm.
    I have a need of wilder, crueler waves;
    They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.


  9. diana June 3rd, 2008 7:58 pm

    So excited to have you back on the Web Bill! Totally missed you over winter. Safe travels you two!

  10. Kevin June 3rd, 2008 8:10 pm

    Yeah dudes! FLOAT FLOAT FLOAT on that boat.
    Love and hugs.

  11. Nick V June 3rd, 2008 9:33 pm

    I just want to say that I love you both.

    As does Nicole.

    Here’s to ridiculous lives,


  12. Sean June 4th, 2008 3:25 am

    Hi Max (and Bill)

    Great video.. will be following you guys half way around the world here in Asia.


  13. jeff June 11th, 2008 1:40 pm

    the spirits approve… do you mean the water approving the rum, or the rum approving the water? HA!

  14. Nexus X Humectress June 22nd, 2008 7:43 am

    Hey, there’s no Mr. Mississippi! It’s Miss Issippi, or better yet, Mrs. Ippi. Get it straight.

    Oh, and your video for this entry doesn’t work.

  15. Shani June 26th, 2008 5:37 pm

    Hey, I just see a big white square where the video for this day should be. Would it be possible for you to re-upload it (or whatever) to the site? Thanks.


  16. Shani June 26th, 2008 5:38 pm

    (Or is my computer broken? It sees & plays all the other videos.)

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