A Year in the Boundary Waters
A night in the Boundary Waters is too much for some people. A 7-day summer canoe trip feels like an eternity to most kids. Most people never even think about winter camping yet two Minnesota adventurers are going to spend an entire year in the BWCA.
Amy and Dave Freeman of Wilderness Classroom Organization are embarking on their trip this September. They plan to paddle during the liquid months and use sled dogs during the frozen months to travel over 3000 miles.
Why are they doing this? “To promote preserving the area from the effects of sulfide-ore copper mining.”
This isn’t their first expedition and I’m sure it won’t be there last. They were named National Geographic Explorers of the year in 2014 for their North American Odyssey. They have kayaked around Lake Superior and biked and paddled their way across South America as well. For that trip Amy took along one of my pink canoe paddles.
We first met Amy when she worked at a Gunflint Trail canoe outfitter years ago. She and her husband split their time between Ely and Grand Marais when they aren’t out on an adventure. We wish them the best on their newest pursuit.