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Two month kayaking adventure ends in Ottawa County, Oklahoma

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A Four State native raises money for military morale, welfare and recreation from the seat of a kayak in one man's journey to ReDiscover America.  

On Tuesday, Will Hembree of Seneca, Missouri ended a two month kayaking journey that began in New York and ended at Twin Bridges Park in Ottawa County, Oklahoma - two months ahead of schedule.

"Being so close to nature for such a long period of time was probably the most enlightening thing of this trip," says William.

Through snow in New York, to rain on the Great Lakes and extreme heat closer to the Four States, William has seen it all.

His family says they weren't worried that the ski and kayaking instructor would weather all storms.

"He's always been an outside boy and this is the kind of life he likes and I'm very proud of him," says William's father, Wesley Hembree.

William says for as long as he can remember he dreamed of becoming a pioneer and floating down the river on a raft like Huck Finn.  This was the opportunity to make that dream a reality.

"What every kid gets asked - 'what you want to be when you grow up?' and I said 'an explorer' and the first thing that the teacher responded to is 'an astronaut?' because that's about all that's left to explore," says William.

But after around 2,300 miles he says he's proved that teacher wrong.  He says this exploration is paying it forward and inspiring others to do the same.

"I think I've inspired a few people to finally go out and do some of the trips they've been dreaming about their entire lifetime, so America's adventurous," says William.

William says the next step is to raise awareness for military personnel and to create a documentary of his journey to spread his adventure inspiration on a wider scale.

William says he plans on raffling off his kayak to raise money for military personnel.  He hopes to have his documentary entitled "ReDiscovering America" complete sometime this fall.

For more information on the trip visit http://www.rediscoveringamerica-kayak.com/

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