This is just a quick update to say that I had a third amazing summer as a Girl Scout canoe guide in the BWCAW and Quetico. The August 7th presentation went well and I am working with a high school in southern Minnesota to present later this season!
I am very honored to be presenting as part of a symposium put on by Sustainable Ely, in Ely Minnesota! The symposium features north woods expeditions and I will be one of many telling their stories throughout this summer-long program. Below is a brief bio of my presentation and the details for when and where! If you will be in Ely this August, I sincerely look forward to meeting you and sharing stories!
Description: "A Surprise Half Solo Superior Circumnavigation"
After four summers canoeing, and to answer the often-asked question of "what's next?", she devised the paddle around Superior of 2013 to be a fun summer vacation for her and her partner.
When he was called away for work, it became a huge personal growth opportunity as her first kayak trip and first night alone in the woods ever, turned into paddling over half of Superior solo, while facing a challenging illness, as the weather worsened and her family begged her to "just come home".
While telling her story, the presentation will range from themes on empowering young women, to practical suggestions for expeditions on Superior, to snafus, hard laughs and the incredible mind-numbing generosity of total strangers!
Thursday August 7th, 2014
Vermillion Community College Auditorium in Ely, Minnesota
Put on by: Sustainable Ely http://www.nmworg.org/save-the-boundary-waters/
I just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to everyone who not only came out to see me present at the Outdoor Expo, but were also so kind and generous with their congratulations and genuine words of thanks after the presentation. It was deeply rewarding, after weeks of nerves and days of prep, to have folks tell me they were moved by my story. I got so much more out of it than I gave and will keep working on the book!
Up Next-I have been asked to present this summer in Ely, MN as part of a series for Sustainable Ely! I will update the blog as for date and time as it will have to be worked around my summer dream job of guiding trips for teen girl scouts in the BWCAW! If you will be up there this summer, I hope to see you out on some beautiful clean lake or rocky, historic portage trail:).
Some Really exciting news- Lindsey has an upcoming presentation at the 58th Biannual Outdoor Adventure Expo in Minneapolis! The event is put on by the local independent gear store- Midwest Mountaineering and held on store property and all over the University of Minnesota campus from April 25th-27th. If you’ve never heard of this event- it's Huge! Over 120 presentations, 100+exhibitors, Beer and Gear night, etc etc etc! It’s pretty much a big party for the whole outdoor family, and we would love to see you there. Below is all the information on Lindsey’s presentation, click around the link- let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting you there!
Lindsey Lee “A Surprise Half Solo Superior Circumnavigation”
Sunday April 27th, 10:30am
University of Minnesota Campus- Humphrey Center, Cowles Auditorium
1 hour talk/ Q&A, Free and Open to the Public
I had a blast presenting to 7-12th grade students in Luck, Wisconsin last week! While it can be difficult to explain just "what" I do, the below outline was designed to communicate both an idea of several outdoor adventure jobs I have held, as well as the two trip experiences detailed on this blog. With the information on the those experiences came an underlying message that finding meaningful work is possible, but will require some tenacity and the courage to follow your heart. I was really impressed with the attentiveness and interesting questions by the students. If you are interested in a presentation from us on a wide variety of topics, just send us an email!
•From Suburbs of Twin Cities
•Education AND Experience
–Major and Work/Volunteer/Clubs
•What do I do?
•What kinds of jobs in the outdoors have you heard of?
•Which ones sound interesting?
•Any questions I could address before we start?
Outdoor Lifestyle: 2.5 Years of Fulfilling Work
–Anathoth Farm Intern
–Assistant Geology Instructor for St. Thomas
–Outdoor Education Instructor
–Up Next: Book Writing & Wilderness Therapy in UT
–Canadian Waters Expedition 2010
–Kayaking Around Lake Superior 2013
•When: June-August in 2011 and 2012
•Where: Boundary Waters of MN/CA
•WHAT? Taking young women ages 11-18 on 3-10 day wilderness canoe trips
•LOVED: Learning that you can do anything, watching people ‘germinate’, scenery, co-guides
•Challenging: work 24/7, get tired!
Organic Farm Intern
•When: September-November 2011-NOW
•Where: Near Beautiful Luck, WI
•WHAT: daily tasks associated with an organic vegetable farm and raising real good pig, chickens and steers
•LOVED: Daily work outdoors, very satisfying, incredible food, life in a sustainable community
•Challenging: some tasks, seeing what it really is like to raise and butcher meat, togetherness
Geology Field Camp Instructor
•When: Month of January 2009-2012
•Where: Utah, Nevada and California
•WHAT: Spend a month instructing daily fieldwork while camping/hotels across the states
•LOVED: Teaching in outdoors- so exciting, keeps you on your toes, working with college students, being paid to travel and camp and play and learn, doing science!
•Challenging: 24/7, need to find ways not to get overwhelmed being around same people
Outdoor Education Instructor
•When: March-June 2012
•Where: North and South Carolinas
•WHAT: Live and work on 1600 YMCA property teaching classes about outdoors, teamwork and adventure!
•LOVED: Getting paid to hike, teaching high ropes or rock climbing, working with groups to grow bonds and teach conflict resolution, living with other people my age and having the whole place to play!
•Challenging: Long hours, group dynamics of living and working together
Canoeing Canada 2010 (Canadian Waters Expedition)
•What? Canoeing 1300miles over 65 days with my partner while collecting water samples to test for human influences
•Why? Two Reasons:
–1) To seek adventure and freedom, space to learn and grow in the great outdoors
–2) To design and do a science study on a topic we were both passionate about: clean water
–Posses far Great Capabilities than you can ever know
–To plan, reach for and succeed at a challenging GOAL
Kayaking Lake Superior 2013
•What? Kayaking ALL the way around lake Superior- 1060miles and 89 days. I did over half of it completely alone.
•Why? To reach for another challenging goal in order to make space for personal growth
–To use your mind for good work (it can bring you through challenges or sink your ship in calm waters!)
–Hard Stuffs Hard!
The Idea Here
•You can MAKE your Way
•Live an “authentic life”
•High self esteem correlates when doing what you’re meant to
•Work hard towards your dreams
•Remember the compliments! And give them generously J
•MAKE GOALS. Make them Challenging! Work towards them in little tiny bite sized pieces and eventually you can eat the whole cakeJ
•Questions for YOU
•What kinds of things do you do where time just flies and you feel like that was good work?
•When do you feel most confident taking on a task? Like- I got this!!
•What do you get excited about doing?
You Can Do IT
•YOU Are Capable of SO Much more than you even know. The only way to find it out is to push harder then you ever have! If you shoot for the moon and you miss, you will still land among the Stars.
•Take good Care of yourself
•If only do what you have already done, you will only get what you have already got
•You create your own _______
Hey there!If you are checking this page you are probably interested in seeing how the trip is progressing! We leave for our trip this weekend, but today I tested the SPOT locator beacon at home to make sure all the contacts and map were set up correctly. Next update will be coming from The Lake! It is finally setting in, and I am very excited to begin!
To see our most recent location (and our check-ins for the last 7 days) you can follow the link below.
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A quick journal entry:
Wow, mix of thrill and nerves right now. Between confidence and respect. Think: we know wilderness. We know paddling. We know risk management, teamwork, hard work, swallowing pride, respecting the sheer immense power of nature. Nervous; lots of details need to tie together, getting subs/transportation for Luke looking challenging. This lake has claimed so many, so so many, worthy intelligent, strong, experienced, wise folks. We wouldn’t be any different. However, like our friends Matt and Hannah, many many more people have traversed these waters respectfully and come out unscathed. Better for their knowing. I try not to have too many expectations, but there is still a lot of wondering. Luke and I, Myself. I know the things I run from really come with. And I look forward to raging with them out there. As we always do. Peace and serenity to drink in. That clarifies things almost painfully, but from deep knowing, deep challenges, comes deeper peace, deeper roots. Roots and wings. Now we are both more knowledgeable and experienced than we were going into our last trip-which means I know now how real the risks are more so than before. And just like last time- we will make up for a lack of experience, with a great amount of preventative tentativeness.
On Planing and Prepping:
Got the kayak out today! Felt so great, really really excited to do that everyday. And pumped that I can train this week so I will be less sore than Luke, hahaha. poor guy, I'm gonna be all like "what my arms don't hurt YET." 6 days till we meet the Lake! Got our Spot locator device setup today. Going to the coop tomorrow to test out prices and a few new foods to try before I go in and make the big final purchase where people stare at us because we just bought 120 cups of oats. Hope to do more paddling with a dear friend tomorrow. Got the first aid kits in order today. One big one and one smaller "backup" ultra waterproof one. Only need to buy a few band aids, thermal blanket and a couple smaller items. We are very lucky to have been supplied by a family friend for our first trip (to Hudson Bay) with an extensive first aid kit. And with me having my Wilderness First Responder and two years of BWCAW guiding, I am able to just do updates and replacements on the old kit to make sure we have plenty of whatever we could need. Well, off to bed late, really excited. If anyone ever needs help planning for something like this- or even for a much shorter trip- I keep all my lists and spreadsheets around to make the process much easier and I love organizing and planning! And did I mention we have received so much support and help from other paddlers? I would love to pass that on to anyone else!
More to come:)
Hey everyone! Thanks for the support as we enter the final planning stages of our trip for the summer- still lots to do but we are really motivated and excited as the time draws closer to meet the big lake! Please see our introduction page to learn more about our plans for the summer
Hey Everyone! Luke and I are really excited to officially announce our plans to circumnavigate Lake Superior this summer! We decided in late march that we wanted to do another expedition, but have been trying to plan a route and align our schedules with Luke's new job-who are being very supportive of us and we are so appreciative of that! Needless to say, we are very excited and have a lot of details to hammer out before our expected launch date in late June (June 23rd!). Check our "updates" tab for details and below is some general trip information:
Expected Approximate Dates: June 23rd- September 30th
Mileage: Lake Superior Coastline-1600miles; Expected Paddling- 1200miles
Needs: Just some Love! This trip we are trying to emphasize giving back and being involved so we are happy to announce that we had a little fundraiser last week and are donating half of the proceeds to the Northern Lakes Canoe Base- an INCREDIBLE program that takes girls 11-18 on canoe trips in the BWCAW out of Ely, MN. For more information on the canoe base here is there alumni association website: paddleanimal.org. Check out the "history" tab to learn about how awesome it is or the "council" tab to learn how to schedule a trip for your group! Men allowed when coming with a family or potentially as a parent "chaperone (even though chaperones are not needed but welcome!!).
BIG THANKS Already: To Matt and Hannah of A Superior Adventure: asuperioradventure.com
Alex and friends of The TranscanEAUda Expedition: http://transcaneauda.ca/
And the community of Paddlers in minnesota who are practically throwing (okay, at least generously offering) us words of wisdom, extremely important gear items and more.
Finally- thanks to family and friends who are offering to help with the logistics of food drops, transportation!
Why Lake Superior?: After looking at many beautiful and worthy routes in NW Canada, we settled on Lake Superior for two main reasons: 1) we can save an incredible amount of time, money and CARBON by starting and ending our journey so close to home! 2) Luke and I will have some interesting logistics as he will need to leave for a couple of exciting work trips during the summer- so him needing to leave and return would have been impossible if we had chosen a route in faraway places. This is exciting because it opens the opportunity for Lindsey to have loved ones sub in or to do some Solo paddling- a longtime dream. And- without needing to say it- Lake Superior offers beauty and adventure beyond words...
Tracking Us During the Trip: We have great respect for the challenges and dangers of Lake Superior, so similar to our last trip we will be carrying a SPOT locator with which we can press a button daily that will plot our location on a map. (Sidenote-the device can also be used to call for help.) So once we have that all set up we will post the link on here and you can click on it and see where we are at!
More Love and Updates to Come!
Lindsey and Luke
Lindsey just completed her second summer as a Girl Scout Canoe Guide for Northern Lakes Canoe Base out of Ely into the BWCAW and Quetico and had a wonderful time taking girls 11-18 and family groups on trips all over that beautiful region. If you know a girl over 11 who you think would benefit from a boundary waters trip please feel free to email Lindsey- it is an excellent program for the girls! Luke spent his summer squeezing in good times at the twin cities premier gear store-Midwest Mountaineering- between many adventurous trips. Lindsey and Luke were able to spend 6 days canoeing the BWCAW together- the first time canoeing since the big trip. And guess what- it was so much fun! Thank you again to all who supported us in our original endeavor, we have become lifelong paddlers and continue to share this passion with others.