I believe winter has truly come. Temperatures have dipped well below zero in Chicago and the Twin Cities, and even my parents are burning logs in the fire place down in Louisiana. However, that hasn’t kept most of us Relay athletes from training up and getting ready for the long slow distance we will face this summer and fall on the Great River Road.
We’ve been sitting on this a little while, hoping for a version with better resolution, but to no avail… So here it is! Our TEDx debut. What a great audience we had, standing up and moving with us. Things really came together at the live event, and I hope it comes across watching it on the screen. Please take a minute (or fourteen), and tune in.
Next week is my last big flight of the year for AHU. Another trip down to Louisiana, this time to my own hometown, to spread the word about Relay of Voices, build connections, and hopefully rally some (financial!) support for this huge endeavor.
Over the past six months, I traveled down the river and met not only hundreds of amazing river people, but perhaps most importantly, I met the one man who I believe I’ll spend the rest of my life with. Right on the river in Minneapolis! This river, and this project, are already—and swiftly—changing and uprooting in ways very welcome!
Today’s performance at #TEDxQuincy was awesome! So many thanks to my #relayteam for making this come together so seamlessly and my support system at home in LA and MN. Love to you all at both ends of our Great #mississippiriver#relayofvoices
#thegreatriverrun #ahouseunbuilt#tedx #tedxtalks
fullness; brimming; island time; teal building; barrier; influx; disperse; 45 miles; whirling; sunsets
wandering around town
picnic in the gazebo
It's official. The Advance Tour for #relayofvoices #thegreatriverrun is in it's last 24 hours. A storm has been making it's way inland from just off the coast, thwarting our plans to take a boat to the Mouth of the River today... the "3 passes" that is—that's right, it's a Delta, it fans out, and there is not just one way out, there are many. Mr. Earl was willing and so generous to take us down after our meeting in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday, but as the low pressure built, we knew we had to leave these fine cajun people to take care of their land, their lives, their community. We can make it out there another day.
This past Wednesday, around 3:30pm, I headed out from Chicago toward a downstate gem—Quincy, IL. I had been invited to attend the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) Conference being hosted there as well as present Relay to the 40+ commissioners gathering there from the 10 states touched by the Great River.
This blog is so overdue. I’ve been meaning to write something, even the start of something since last Wednesday when I was driving from work down Ashland Avenue, heading to Mana for rehearsal. Traffic was stop and go and I found myself zoning out in that way where suddenly I am thinking about something I didn’t expect at all to be in my mind! But wham! there it is and there’s a clarity to whatever it is… Like I got on the highway despite being in the very clogged rush hour city street.
The outreach team is hard at work—that being me (Victoria) and my amazing mother, Dinah Bradford, who has taken on this huge endeavor right alongside me. As of today, we have secured 35 community meetings for our 30-day Advance Tour which begins April 27 later this month. We have also touched base with 22 other communities and are just steps away from confirming meetings with these river towns and cities in order to forge partnerships for the 2019 Relay expedition. We will continue reaching out in order to connect with the other 27 communities that we have not yet made contact with in order to make the advance tour a full sweep of the 100 communities that the Relay expedition engages.