But we were cruising by the time we got to the Red River and started going downstream. But paddling upstream [on the Minnesota River] presented a much larger challenge because the current was so strong and we were just barely inching along. But the Minnesota River and the Red River were some of the most impactful waterways I’ve ever paddled. This trip really changed me and I wanted to be able to pass it along. And then I was like, ‘Screw this.’ I’m going to lead canoe trips on the Minnesota River.