spend a few years paddling local lakes and rivers, building skills, camping on weekends, and developing your own tastes for river activity.
Nearly all rivers have boring, stupid, or dangerous sections. Why not paddle the BEST sections of 100 rivers rather than the entirely of the Mississippi?
I've paddled rivers in over 40 of the lower 48 states, and it doesn't bother me in the least that I have never paddled on the Mississippi, and have never paddled the entire length of any large river.
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