Archives for September 2015
Today we paddled through Little Gabbro Lake and Gabbro Lake. Twin Metals has been test drilling about a mile from Gabbro Lake and less than a 1/2 mile from the Wilderness boundary. Last year Amy and I portaged a canoe from Gabbro Lake to one of the test drilling sites just outside the Wilderness. I guided numerous canoe trips through Gabbro and Little Gabbro this summer and every time I paddle through this area I think about portaging to that test drilling site, how close it is to Gabbro and Little Gabbro. The edge of the Boundary Waters, our nation’s most popular Wilderness, just isn’t the right place to build a copper mine in a sulfide-ore body.
I am going to sign off now and watch the family of otters playing off our campsite. This is a special place, a place worth protecting. Please help us speak loudly for this quiet place. Sign the petition at http://ift.tt/1x2erSX. #savethebwca @savethebwca #OnlyinMN #sunrise #moon
When we returned to our campsite Amy announced that it was time to bake a cake. Today is my birthday and so we baked a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! We can bake just about anything you can bake at home in a conventional oven using a neat little pot with a special lid called a FryBake. The cake was delicious and we have one small piece left, which we plan to split as a special breakfast treat tomorrow. #wildernessyear #savethebwca #birthday
The wind has died and we are cooking dinner on a large rock overlooking Clear Lake. Two loons are calling to each other in the distance. I hope we continue to hear them for many more days. Its hard to imagine a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip without the sound of a loons haunting calls across the lakes still surface at dusk. #wildernessyear #savethebwca #eagle #boundarywaters #bird
We paddle and portaged for several hours and are camped on my favorite site on Clear Lake. A gentle breeze blew all day and we have spent much of the afternoon on a large rock by the waters edge soaking in the sun. We even went for a swim and Amy wondered if September 26th will be our last swim of the year. It feels like a summer day, but we know this weather will not last long, so we better enjoy these fleeting warm days while we can. We lingered on the rock as the sunset cast a warm glow over the lake before disappearing below the horizon. #wildernessyear #savethebwca #boundarywaters #sunset #onlyinmn
On September 23rd, 2015 my wife, Amy Freeman, and I embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to protect the Boundary Waters from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on the Wilderness edge, and to teach people about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. During 366 in the Wilderness we travel more than 2,000 miles by canoe and dog team as we explore more than 500 lakes and streams throughout the year. We shared our adventure through regular blog posts on a variety of websites as well as social media.
Canoe and Kayak Magazine / National Geographic Adventure / Save the Boundary Waters Blog / Wilderness Classroom / Instagram.com/freemanexplore / Facebook.com/FreemanExplore / twitter.com/freemanexplore
We are excited to share Bear Witness with you. We hope you enjoy this 12 minute short film about A Year in the Wilderness. We are also working on a book about A Year in the Wilderness with Milkweed Editions! We encourage you to sign up to be notified via email when the book is released! We would also love to come bring our Year in the Wilderness to your community through fun and engaging live presentation. If you know of a school, organization, or business that might be interested in hosting us for a speaking engagement let us know!
Many of you have been asking us where we will sleep and what type of tent we will use. Well, welcome to our new home! For the next year we will be living this 8 person SeekOutside tipi tent. It has a collapsable wood-stove inside, so we can heat the tent when it is cold. In the winter we will also cook our food on the stove. The tent, center pole, wood-stove, tent stakes, and ground tarp only weight about 15 pounds. Plus, we will have plenty of room when visitors join us from time to time, and our tipi tent is easy to set up and carry with us from one campsite to the next.
We look forward to sharing our adventure with you! #wilderness #savethebwca #wildernessyear #boundarywaters #camping #seekoutside #tent