“You cannot surprise an individual more than twice with the same marvel”
Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi
But the Mississippi River offers three experiences and surprises that you will not find anywhere else.
Feel like an explorer.
When you travel along the Mississippi River you can dive deep into the feelings of the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto who is credited with the European discovery of the Mississippi River in 1541.
It started in October 1843 when Charles Dickens wrote one of his most famous and best-loved books, A Christmas Carol.
Today many think of Dickens as the creator of our modern Christmas spirit.
Coca-Cola gave us the red-coated Santa and Prince Albert introduced the Christmas tree.
Did you know that being scared is good for you? Think back to all the times you jumped and screamed when you watched a scary movie or read an extreme horror or thriller book. Your reactions provoke fear. Fear makes your brain burst with healthy chemical substances that excite your mood and fills you with feelings of euphoria. Dr. Margee Kerr, a sociologist who studies fear, says these powerful chemicals include endorphins and dopamine-natural compound in our bodies that create happiness
Are you ready to look up from your cell phones and step out into the wild?
It’s exciting. Enlightened people are looking up from their cell phones and stepping out into the wild. John Muir is the one man that people should thank for saving the wild for them to recharge, reawaken, and revive all their senses.
John Muir’s advocacy for nature inspires us today. The John Muir Trail is a testament to his efforts. When you trot down his trail, you’ll start echoing his mantra.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME AND VISIT LOUISA MAY ALCOTT’S ORCHARD HOUSE
“I want to do something splendid…
Something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead…
I think I shall write books.” Louisa May Alcott
Yes, she fulfilled her goal. Did you know Little Women would never have been written if Louisa had taken the advice of another publisher, James T. Fields, “Stick to your teaching, you can’t write,” he told the would-be novelist and then loaned her $40 for classroom supplies. “Being willful,” Louisa recounts in her journal, she had a ready reply for Fields, “ I won’t teach, and I can write, and I’ll prove.”