I have read Canoeing with the Cree by Eric Sevareid several times. While I was home this Christmas Break, I looked into trips that have repeated that epic journey. I was astonished that I couldn't find any women who had been in the media for trying the route. I asked around and no one had heard of any women who had attempted to paddle to Hudson Bay from Minneapolis. When class started again, I asked Natalie if she'd be into paddling this route with me this summer. After some discussion about the purpose of the trip and a meeting with Scott Miller (who completed the trip in 2005), we decided that no matter what we're going canoeing this summer! Ever since that decision, Natalie and I have been in a whirlwind of planning. We decided to pursue sponsors and media connections, so that the trip can be meaningful for a greater community. Last weekend, I went to Grand Marais and Menogyn to publicize our trip and to hang out with my friends who are working for Menogyn this winter. It was a great weekend! I met with Eric Humphrey (an Ole!) at the Lake Superior Trading Post and Jan Lemke at Stone Harbor. They've decided to sponsor us! LSTP will be providing some gear and Stone Harbor will be providing a Langford Canoe! Natalie and I are so pumped! Right now, we're in the process of working with Mike Holm (St. Olaf '11) to build a website that will have more information including: a mission statement, trip plan, sponsors, bios and how you can help! We'll let you know when it's up.
105 days until departure on June 2nd!!!