Ellingson, a 64-year-old environmental theologian, master gardener, marathoner and triathlete, paddled 2,530 miles down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Crescent City.
He did so while on sabbatical from his work as professor of youth and family at Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, Wash.
The journey raised funds to plant 10,000 white cedar trees. See more photos from his trip at paddlepilgrim.blogspot.com.
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