They’re Back! Dave and Amy Freeman completed their 365 days in the wilderness and have returned to the “real world.” Is it the real world? They now question which is which. I can’t imagine coming back from 365 days in the Boundary Waters. I didn’t paddle out to greet them but I did give Amy a big welcome back hug.
Their festive return party took place at beautiful River Point on the Kawishiwi near Ely, Minnesota. People paddled out in canoes to greet them and welcomed them ashore as they completed their year long trip in the BWCA. What a year to remember for them. Read More.
From Dave Freeman-
This morning we packed up camp for the last time and loaded the canoe. In a few hours we will exit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and re-enter as some call it “the real world.” I would like to set the record straight on this concept. It is the other way around. We are re-entering a civilized world, a fast-paced world filled with cars, cell phones, air planes and indoor plumbing. But don’t for one second think that is what’s real. We are leaving the real world for a little while– the world where Mother Nature rules, where wolf packs roam freely, where wild rice grows, where mosquitos hatch, where loon chicks ride on their parents’ backs, where the sun rises and sets over the forest and lakes that are untrammeled– where no sign of this civilized world exists (except for latrines and fire grates). Your actions, support and steady resolve to protect the Boundary Waters have made us laugh and cry; we are humbled by the thousands of actions you have taken to help protect this very special place. We leave the Wilderness, after 367 days, confident that if we all continue speaking loudly for this quiet place our goal of permanently protecting the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining will be achieved.
There is still a lot of work to do. Please keep the wilderness in your hearts, minds and voices no matter where your path takes you.
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