200 “Hey Joe, yesterday, I walked across the Mississippi (River)!” “What? Are you kidding me?”  wrote: July 2006, posted: 060907

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The mighty Mississippi River starts its long journey (2,552 miles = 4,107 km*) to the Gulf of Mexico by overflowing Lake Itasca in northwestern Minnesota. Starting with the edge of Lake Itasca, before it hits the Gulf, the Mississippi flows through several states and cities such as Minneapolis / St. Paul / Red Wing / Winona, Minnesota, La Crosse, Wisconsin, Muscatine, Iowa, Quincy, Illinois, Hannibal (Mark Twain
+ ’s hometown) / St. Louise, Missouri, Osceola, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, Vicksburg, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana**.

The name, “Itasca” is made up by combining parts of two Latin words, "verITAS CAput," which means "true head."***  This lake name with Latin words is unusual since most lakes are named after Native American words. Anyway, as the name describes, Lake Itasca is the headwaters of the Mississippi (river).  As seen in the pic, this person is on his way to cross the Mississippi River (easily). He can brag about this crossing later by stating,  “I crossed the Mississippi River!”  If you see this pic, it’s true, but very funny, isn’t it? J  Lake Itasca is viewed in the background. This pic was shot at Itasca State Park, MN**** at dusk because fewer visitors are around in the evening than during the day.   

* Ummm…  As I guessed, the length of the Mississippi is much longer than Japan. Roughly speaking, the length from the Northern tip of Hokkaido to the Southern tip of Kyusyu is around 1,400 miles = 2,253 km.   Japan map < http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/asia/jp.htm >
+   Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain is his pen name. For more info, check out < http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56363 >)
The Author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , The adventures of Huckleberry Finn, etc. < http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/twainbio.html >< http://www.answers.com/topic/mark-twain >  I bet most of Tom and Huckleberry’s adventures must be related to the Mississippi.
**  The U.S. map < http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/us.htm >,
“Down The Mississippi”, The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., New York, 1995
*** < http://users.stlcc.edu/jangert/itasca/headwtr.html >
**** Itasca State Park < http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca/index.html >: Locate the source of the Mississippi < http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/mn.htm >


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