Local women embark on big voyage on a small boat

From the Issaquah Press: (Issaquah, WA)

Beginning this week, McPhail and her sister Elizabeth McPhail, 22, will circumnavigate the eastern half of the U.S. and Canada in a yellow, 16-foot aluminum boat.The 6,000-mile route, known to boaters as “The Great Loop,” is a full, counterclockwise circuit, down the Mississippi River into the Gulf Coast, around Florida, up the eastern seaboard, through Canada and across the Great Lakes.

This week, Katie will leave Seattle with the boat on a trailer.  Her voyage begins on Lake Michigan near Chicago on June 3. Then, she’ll head south on the Chicago River to Peoria. On June 6, she will stop to attend Elizabeth’s graduation at Knox College in Galsburg, Ill. At that point, the two Issaquah High School graduates will tour the country and return to Lake Michigan near the end of August, Katie said.

“We’re really looking forward to this cross-country road trip on water,” she said. “Along the way, we’ll stop at cities along the route.”