Voyageur Canoe Crew Spotted!
If you haven’t been following the Voyage of the Hudson Bay Expedition Crew then you are missing out. These four guys are on an adventure of a lifetime and it’s very exciting to be a part of it. It’s difficult to not keep a constant eye on the SPOT locator to see where they are at and what they are doing.
Yesterday they were spotted by Andrew’s Dad at the narrows at Sha Sha Resort near International Falls. He took some photos of them and had a nice, quick visit with them. Later on that day I had a chance to talk with them when Adam called. It was great to hear about the beauty of the Quetico Park; towering pine trees, beautiful water falls, endless stretches of paddling without seeing another person and the scenic beauty of the wilderness.
They are having a wonderful trip in spite of the wind, rain and huge boats they are now encountering in the civilized area of Voyageurs National Park. They are looking forward to their paddle to Lake of the Woods and then heading north away from civilization again.
There have been many expeditions like the one these guys are on. What makes this one so special is not only the guys but also the year. It’s our 50th Anniversary at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and it’s 2011. People these days are so dependent upon their gadgets to keep in touch with the real world 24-7. When other people have made the trip in the past, even ten years ago, it wasn’t such a big deal to be away because you weren’t used to constant contact with everyone.
It’s a new world out there in case you haven’t noticed. Everyone is texting, calling, emailing and having to know what’s going on every second of the day. We have parents calling Voyageur asking about their kids who are out on a trip because they aren’t texting every minute or they didn’t call on their cell phone. We have staff who goes through withdrawals because their cell phone isn’t attached to their hip. And then we have the Voyageur Crew who is giving up this technology not just for a week, or a month but for almost three months!