Of course you’ve heard the legends of people swimming in the Mississippi River and being sucked down into the current, never to be seen again. These myths are in stark contrast to what dog owners experience every day at the Levee Dog Park uptown.
If dogs, with only instinctual swimming ability, swim in the river year round, why can’t humans? Now, not everyone wants to swim in the river. There are probably more reasons not to than there are to, but let’s no longer say that the river is unswimmable.
This is something that I have never actually seen anyone do, until now. For years, I’ve heard isolated tales of people swimming in the river – most of the stories end in death, but all are cautionary. My own grandfather swam the Mississippi as a boy and he warned me of how foolish it was.
Through the wonder of the internet, I happened upon my old friend Katie’s sunset dip in the Mississippi.
If she’s willing to do it barefoot and get her head wet, so am I. When it gets warm enough, I’m swimming in the Mississippi River at the Levee Dog Park and it’s going to be awesome. Anyone who wants to come, let me know.