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Rediscovering North America | The Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean

"What's wrong with an adventure for the sake of adventure," - Adam Trigg, trip lead

There's a sense of adventure in all of us and in the case of the Rediscover North America crew it involves much more than an extended weekend away following the lead of a recommended place or travelogue tale.

This is the story of 6 friends paddling three canoes over nine months, through ten states, five provinces, eleven rivers, totaling over 5200 miles. We caught up with the Rediscover North America crew for an assignment this past spring, spending the better part of a day profiling their story, lives, and collective spirit of adventure. Catching them just south of Minneapolis on the Mississippi River they had 1/3 of their journey behind them. They had been paddling over three months, north bound against the current having started on January 2nd at the Gulf of Mexico.

To say this was an inspirational shoot is an incredible understatement. As you'll notice in the credits, my ten year-old son Wesley joined us on this one proudly rising to the title of "Photo-Assistant." It was an early call time, but I knew it would be an experience neither of us would ever forget and certainly leave a mark.

Find more about their story and journey at The "Follow Along" tab shows their current where-abouts as they paddle towards their Arctic destination.

Photographer / Director - Jonathan Chapman/JCP

Edit - Joseph McMahon
Photo Assistant - Wesley Chapman
Graphic Design - Sam Bohlken
Graphic Animation - CoElement
Music - Chris Joye
Sound Mixing - Jonathan Camp