Mike Clark
“River Rat ... My Adventures on the Mississippi”

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time Details: 5:30PM Member Business Meeting
6:00PM Cocktails (Cash Bar)
6:45PM Dinner
7:30PM Program
Location: Location included on invitations mailed to members and friends

Description:

Mike Clark

Mike Clark, lifelong river explorer, author, and conservationist will speak about his adventures paddling the length of the Mississippi River several times over the last few years.

A retired computer lab, science, and history teacher at St. Ann of Normandy Catholic School and a self-proclaimed “river rat,” Clark, 55, is the owner of Big Muddy Adventures. He has guided canoe tours and explored the rivers around St. Louis since he moved here in 2001, logging over 10,000 river miles.

His first paddle down the length of the Mississippi was done as an online class. They pushed off September 4 from Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the river in Minnesota. “5,000 kids registered, (for the class) although we found out afterward that we had something like 20,000 kids following our trip.” They were on the river when 9/11 occurred and they didn’t find out about it until the 12th. They began figuring out how to get home. “We would write every night about our adventures of the day and when we wrote that we were going to end the trip teachers begged us not to do it.” “They said ‘Please give them something other than 24-hour horror.” “ That was what we had to communicate to those kids.” “It changed what we were doing in that moment and it changed me.” They ended at the Gulf of Mexico on November 21 having paddled 2,361 river miles. It was on this trip Mike Clark fell in love with the river, and he has been sharing that love with clients of Big Muddy Adventures, and conservation advocacy work ever since.

Reservation Deadline: April 7, 2017
Payment Information: Pre-payment is required for dinner; payments will no longer be accepted at the door.

Mail your check (payable to The Explorers Club - St. Louis Chapter) – with your name and the names of your guests – to:
   The Explorers Club - St. Louis Chapter
   c/o Mr. Benjamin Hulsey
   Thompson Coburn LLP
   One US Bank Plaza
   St. Louis, MO 63101-9702
Member/Spouse Price: $50
Guest Price: $55

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