Boys to Men- Not the Band

     Just the other day my 9-year old son(for a couple of more days) said something that made me think. I told Josh I had trained in a tow boat driver and he responded with a laugh.  I asked him what was so funny thinking I would get an earful about me driving the boat but instead he said, "You, a woman teaching a man how to drive the towboat."  Then he proceeded to say, "Or is he(the trainee) a boy?"

     At what point does a boy become a man?  I’m sure there are as many answers to this question as there are stars in the sky.  With Voyageur Hudson Bay Expedition Crew member Adam’s birthday the other day his father suggested I do a blog about how Adam has changed over the years we’ve known him.

     Adam Maxwell and BillieAdam came to Voyageur on a canoe trip with his Uncle close to the end of the 2007 season.  He and his girlfriend Billie worked for us a for a couple of months and he’s been a part of the crew ever since.  He just turned 23 this year and I’m not sure of the exact moment it happened but Adam made the transition from boy to man sometime during the past four years.

  Andrew Spaeth Voyageur Extraordinaire   Andy or as he now likes to be called, Andrew, also came to Voyageur in 2007 as a boy.  Just out of High School he was young and seemingly carefree.  He has now graduated from College and spent time in the real world.  Andy also made the transition from boy to man sometime over his years at Voyageur.

     Mike Swenson arrived in 2007 as well but only spent a couple of years with us.  But we see it now, they are all grown up men.  They have become wiser and are incredibly wonderful individuals.  It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to watch these young people mature into adults.  

Mike Swenson

     I don’t feel like I have gotten any older over the years but when I look at all of the Voyageur Crew we’ve had over the years, I realize I must be getting older too.  I’m not sure about the wiser part, but definitely older.  

     I am so proud of these young men and Will Tanner for setting their sights on a goal to paddle from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay.  I know many of you have seen these men over the years and you may want to support their trip of a lifetime.  You can do that and follow along on their adventure of a lifetime by visiting the website and blog.

Voyageur Hudson Bay Expedition Crew

Adam Maxwell Voyageur Canoe Outfitter Star

Mike Swenson BWCA guide

Andrew Spaeth Voyageur Crew