Humbly standing at the start of the Mississippi River in Minnesota. It was awe inspiring for someone who grew up knowing the Mighty Mississippi as a mile wide, 80 foot deep River that massive ships use to traverse North and South. I was at a loss for words, as I stood gazing across the completely still Lake Itasca while the water mirrored the skies beautiful blood orange glow. Truly amazing to imagine that this wild, but now tamed river; which has been a lifeblood giving and taking from man for hundreds of years, starting as a 2 foot deep, 15 foot wide gracefully running stream. Man has loved, hated, but most of all respected, this river’s power throughout time. I stood thinking of the beautiful balance of nature as the sun set over a small, all but unknown waveless lake in Minnesota, creating one of the most famous and powerful Rivers in the world. I feel these wild treasures in our world are what draw man into the wild in search of adventure.