We met Jon Westby and his group on the final short portage into Square Lake. Jon is a teacher and he signed up to help with a resupply shortly after we put out a call for volunteers in the fall. He knew this would be a good time for him to organize a group because it is during his summer break. Jon explained that over the last few days when it came up in conversations that he was paddling supplies into us many people said to say hello for them or were curious about why this couple spending A Year in the Wilderness.
After saying goodbye to Jon and his party we met up with a group of high school students from Chicago who are part of their school’s Wilderness Club. They are exploring the Wilderness with us for five days and everyone was still brimming with excitement as we roasted marshmallows and swapped stories by firelight as the brightest stars emerged.
One of the most important aspects of our resupplies is the opportunity to meet folks like Jon. It gives us a chance to share about our journey and the reason we are out here. The Boundary Waters belong to all of us, and it is imperative that we all speak loudly for this quite place to ensure its protection. Sulfide-ore copper mines, like the ones proposed by Twin Metals, are identified by the EPA as the nation’s most polluting industry. This place is just too precious to risk and now is the time to act. Please visit @savethebwca at http://ift.tt/1x2erSX and take action today.
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