Amy and Dave Freeman landed their kayaks in Key West on Thursday, April 4, 2013, completing a 3-year, 11,700-mile expedition across North America by kayak, dogsled and canoe. Over 80,000 elementary and middle school students from around the world have participated in the expedition virtually.
The Freemans began their human (and dog) powered North…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on April 12, 2013 at 9:45pm — No Comments
The Wilderness Classroom is thrilled to be part of the first annual Canoe and Kayak Awards. We are one of the nominees for the Paddle with Purpose Award. The winner will be decided by an online vote.
Please follow this link and vote for North American Odyssey (Wilderness Classroom): http://www.canoekayak.com/canoe-kayak-awards/vote/paddle-with-purpose/…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on July 13, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Dave and I are teaming up with former state legislator and Grand Marais-area dogsled racer Frank Moe for an epic dogsled trip from Northern Minnesota to the State Capitol in early March. We are calling for the protection of the region's natural heritage, including clean water and wilderness. Dave and I will be delivering petitions from Ely to Finland, Minnesota by dogsled. Frank will continue with those petitions and many more on to the State Capitol.
Maybe you have seen the…Continue
Fires are an important natural process. They help forests regenerate. They return nutrients to the soil. They create openings in the trees for animals to graze. Moose and deer like these openings. Some plants, such as jack pine, won't grow until after their seed cones have been in a fire. However, when a wildfire burns close to a town, threatening people and buildings, the wildland firefighters work to contain the fire.…Continue
Boreal forest surrounds the lake, so the classic Boreal forest-dwelling animals can be found here. We were fortunate enough to see a couple of the larger mammals of the Boreal forest. Just a couple of days ago, we saw a young bull moose eating vegetation along the shore of a rocky point. Moose are quite common in this area and we are hoping to see more.…Continue
We spent a few days paddling the west channel of the Nelson River. Playgreen Lake is essentially the west channel, so we only had to battle the current in a few narrow spots. After a day of paddling, we found ourselves on the main body of the lake. This body of water is much different than others we have paddled on throughout the spring and summer.…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 31, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments
What a week! Paddling the rest of the Grass River was phenomenal. We spent some time observing the pictographs on Tramping Lake. I recognized some images easily – a caribou, a person, hand prints – but some images were a mystery to me. Symbols that meant something to their maker long ago.
We camped near Wekusko Falls and paddled across Wekusko…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 25, 2011 at 2:11pm — No Comments
The last week has been a time of transitions. After being whisked down the Sturgeon Weir River we struggled up the Goose River to Cranberry Portage like many Voyageurs before us. This now abandoned route used to be an important link between the Saskatchewan watershed and the Nelson River watershed. When we marched through downtown Cranberry Portage on Portage Rd we were following in the footsteps of Samuel Hearne who passed this way several times in the 1770s. He established the Hudson Bay…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 25, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
In the past week we paddled downstream, upstream, and then downstream again. Shortly after our last update, we reached the confluence of the Reindeer River and the Churchill. We had a short paddle up the Churchill to Frog Portage. After portaging across the historic Frog Portage, our travel has been downstream again. We then paddled through a series of lakes to reach Pelican Narrows. From there, we have been paddling on the Sturgeon Weir River.…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 25, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments
After a break of several days in Southend, Saskatchewan we began paddling the Reindeer River. Our time in Southend was spent as it is in most towns, catching up on computer work and eating foods that we crave while in the woods. We stayed in a little cabin at Nordic Lodge, which is just a couple miles out of town. So we even experienced the luxuries of taking showers, cooking stuff in an oven, and sleeping in a bed. Fennel seemed to enjoy this time off too, sleeping on the kitchen floor…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 1, 2011 at 6:32pm — No Comments
There is just something about big water. That something calls to both Dave and myself. Is it the clear, cold water? Is it the distant horizons and expansive views? Is it the potential for big waves? Or the amazement in the calm moments that such a massive body of water can lie entirely still? Is it the fact that you can easily find a rocky point with a breeze to escape the torment of mosquitoes? There is just something about big lakes.
We have spent the past week on Reindeer Lake.…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on August 1, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments
Greetings from Swan Lake. We have made quite the transition since our last update. We went from paddling and lining upriver to paddling downriver. We bade farewell to the Fond du Lac as we waded and worked the canoe through a maze of boulders where it trickles out of Wollaston Lake.
Our time on Wollaston Lake was glorious. We had…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on July 18, 2011 at 10:33am — No Comments
Greetings from the Fond du Lac River. Since our last update, we have left the sloping granite shores of Lake Athabasca and begun paddling among the sandstone ledges of the Fond du Lac River. I'll try to sum up all that has happened in between.
Our stay in Stony Rapids was amazing thanks to Ed at the Whitewater Inn and Waterfront Lodge. He was super helpful in numerous ways, and we enjoyed talking with him and hearing stories about the area. We spent two nights in Stony Rapids. When we…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on July 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
We have spent the past week paddling on Lake Athabasca. After making our way off of the Tazin River through a series of lakes and portages, we came out onto the big lake near the community of Camsell Portage. It is a very small town, but they do have all the modern conveniences – electricity thanks to nearby hydroelectric dams, phone service, and even internet via satellite.
Added by Amy Freeman on July 8, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Our travels have been good since leaving the dam on the Taltson River. I will try to sum up the highlights of the past week. We decided to have a rest day at a beautiful campsite high up on a granite slope. Dave managed to catch three Lake Trout over the course of the past week. Fennel has become an avid observer of Dave catching and filleting fish.
Added by Amy Freeman on June 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Paddling up the Taltson River has gone well so far. The current is not very strong and the water level is low. We have witnessed a change in the landscape as we have traveled south. The in the delta of the Taltson, the banks were lined with mud. The farther upriver we go, the more rocky it gets. Granite dominates the landscape, along with lichen, moss, and Jack Pines. We have entered the Canadian Shield.
Added by Amy Freeman on June 15, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
The fourth stage of the North American Odyssey has begun! Dave, Fennel, and I got a ride up to Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories from my father. We gave a few presentations at the school in Fort Resolution and then hit the water.
The principal was nice enough to drop us off at a great starting point on the Slave River. From there, we…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on June 6, 2011 at 1:04am — No Comments
I must stop playing catch up with this winter's blog. It is time to switch from the snowy months of March and April to the present. To quickly fill in the gap. . . We traveled from Gameti to Behchoko to Yellowknife and finally Fort Resolution. The rest of the trip went by quickly with the warming weather and long days. By the end, headlamps were unnecessary and Tally had a sunburn on her nose.
On Great Slave Lake, the conditions were ideal for skate skiing. For once, I felt like I…Continue
Added by Amy Freeman on May 24, 2011 at 3:57pm — No Comments