From the Register-Mail:
Knox College graduate Elizabeth McPhail and her older sister Katie have been boating their whole lives.
â€œWe have always been on the water, we have always been boating,â€ Elizabeth said. â€œWeâ€™ve spent every one of our summers in Wisconsin â€” when weâ€™re in Wisconsin, weâ€™re on the water.â€
The waters the sisters are used to have always been contained, like Lake Sammamish near their Issaquah, Wash., home or the spring-fed, chain of lakes near their summer house in Waupaca, Wis. But the day after Elizabethâ€™s Knox graduation in early June, the sisters embarked on a boating trip that took them through the unfamiliar waters of the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean.
In 84 days, the McPhail girls completed the Great Loop, a 5,805-mile adventure around the eastern half of the United States. A story of their journey, which Katie wrote, was published in the November/December 2009 issue of Boating magazine, and another story of their voyage is coming out in Cottage Livingâ€™s April issue.