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Paddling pilgrimage

Professor takes kayak to Youth Gathering

Most took cars, buses or planes to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans ("'When God shows up, lives will change'"). David Ellingson took a kayak.

Photo courtesy of Jim Lewis<BR><BR>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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