May 24, 2009: I started out a little later than I had been on this trip to cross from Slidell, LA., to a beach on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, but it was only a twenty mile jaunt, and the wind was blowing from the NE with... read more >
May 23, 2009: These last few days I've been paddling through Hurricane Katrina and Rita area. There's been much rebuilding, and still much rebuilding to do. Hugging the coast below Bay St. Louis is not a good idea because there are... read more >
May 22, 2009: The wind pushed me along yesterday at a fairly good clip. The boat wasn't quite behaving in the swells coming from behind slightly from the ama (outrigger) side. I thought it was that I was getting tired and just not... read more >
May 22, 2009: It is never a good thing to snap a rudder cable three miles off shore in a heavy wind and chop. This happened after I crossed the bay from Dauphin Island. As I struggled to keep the bow pointed toward a far off clump of... read more >
May 19, 2009: Today's early paddle got me safely through the Mobile Inlet and into the cozy harbor at Billy Goat Hole here on Dauphin Island, where I'm staying in the student housing at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Lori Angelo, who... read more >
May 19, 2009: Joe Murphy, the Florida coordinator for the New Orleans based Gulf Restoration Network, told me about one of his buddies who had hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. According to his friend, there's thing called "trail... read more >
May 18, 2009:Yesterday's paddle was a bit tense due to the many thunder storms in the area. Today it seems as though the danger of storms is not as strong, but the wind will sure be.Right now I'm preparing to leave the home of Susan,... read more >
May 18, 2009:With the wind at my back I made some pretty good time flying across the wide open Choctawhatchee Bay. I diddle dinked my way down the intracoastal, taking pictures of the Spectre Island memorial for our fallen heroes, and... read more >
May 16, 2009:Karl and Bridgett insist that I have to come back to see the water I've been missing by traveling on the inside. It's a beautiful blue and the sand is blindingly white. I think I will have to come back. Karl hosted an... read more >
May 14, 2009: For the first time since hitting the Gulf, I paddled the entire day's stretch on the inside route. From Apalachicola to Faye Langley's backyard, it was a total inside run. Gill from the Apalachicola Maritime Museum... read more >
May 14, 2009: It is funny that people will pick the huge chunks of skin I'm shedding from my sunburned scalp but they don't point out that I've got a huge peel of skin on the tip of my nose. Oh the hazards of the sun!These past couple... read more >
May 11, 2009:I am partnering with NRDC to paddle my outrigger canoe 1200 miles around Florida and west to New Orleans. My goal is to build support for a Healthy Oceans Act and steps to protect our oceans from global warming and ocean... read more >
Margo Pellegrino, not a professional athlete but an ordinary mother of two, is paddling her third major outrigger canoe trip to Save Our Seas (S.O.S.), this time covering more than 1,000 miles from Miami to New Orleans to spread the word about the urgent threats facing our
Margo Pellegrino, not a professional athlete but an ordinary mother of two, is paddling her third major outrigger canoe trip to Save Our Seas (S.O.S.), this time covering more than 1,000 miles from Miami to New Orleans to spread the word about the urgent threats facing our oceans and the need for federal action to revive them. In partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Margo will paddle the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida to spread her message of hope and a call to action.
Margo’s paddling advocacy began in 2007, when she planned and carried out a 2,000 mile paddling journey up the Atlantic seaboard to educate people about the problems facing our oceans, a project she called "Miami2Maine.” In 2008, Margo teamed up with NRDC to help rally public support for a national oceans protection bill and collected "Save Our Seas" messages from citizens to present to Congress. So far, she has paddled more than 2,500 miles of America’s coasts. As a persistent advocate for environmental stewardship, Margo speaks regularly about her travels and mission to students, youth groups, civic groups and other audiences.
Follow Margo's tracking map, watch her videos and learn more about why she is doing this on her website: www.miami2nola.com.