Weather Wise: Janet Moreland

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The first woman ever to paddle the entire Missouri River from source to mouth made an appearance Saturday at Lakeside when she was forced to stop for the night due to storms passing through.

Paddler Janet Moreland is planning to kayak the entire length of the Missouri River and will be the first woman to ever do it solo.  Saturday, Moreland says had to take her canoe out of the water at Hauser Lake, because she got caught up in one of the many storms the valley has experienced over the last week.

"I got caught in a little squall here crossing the lake.  I saw lightning up in the mountains above town."

Since last July, Moreland says she has prepped for the expedition.  She says she had to set up sponsors to fund the excursion and physically train to be able to power through bad weather.

"I started paddling hard to get across and I had heard about Lakeside from some friends who helped me port today in Canyon Ferry, so I thought well I'm going to b-line it to Lakeside and maybe have a steak dinner.”

Moreland says the total trip is 2,600 miles and she still has a long way to go.

"It'll probably take another three months."

She says she just earned her teaching degree and has a few goals she would like to achieve by doing this.  She says she wants to empower youth, teach riverside residents the importance of taking care of the envoironment and when she starts teaching after her journey, bring the Missouri River back into the classroom.

"It's critical to our nation's history and we're not being taught enough about it."

Hopefully she will not get caught out in the rain too many more times before she reaches her destination, but she says she will take breaks in her journey if she gets caught in anymore lightning.  Moreland says anyone boating or swimming must get out of the water when lightning storms start.  Now you're a little more weather wise.

Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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