long silence followed by important announcementAugust 3, 2011
Seeing as that is a familiar pattern with me and my half-hearted blogging (just kidding on the half-hearted part, I love you all and am just lazy about updating ), I will cut to the chase. This Saturday I am doing something just a little bit rash and crazy on my part and paddling 30 miles in a canoe! Back when I joined the board of Wilderness Wind in October of 2010, I thought that I might attempt such a thing. But see, that was back closer to my previous trip to the Boundary Waters, in which I had done all sorts of affirming things like portage an 80lb canoe all week, learned how to paddle in the back of a canoe (i.e. steer), set up a cook stove and generally keep 6 high schoolers and one other “adult” from killing themselves (and if you really want to know, it was probably the later that gave me more trouble (just kidding Zeb! ).
Anyways that leads me to this week, long past the point where I thought that I would use this as excuse to train and get all kinds of buff and much closer to the “what the heck did I sign up for” part. But like much of life, this too shall pass. However this is where you come in lovely blog readers, family and friends. The reason I am doing this crazy thing is because I really really love this organization called Wilderness Wind. I went on my first canoe trip through this Mennonite camp back as a little recently graduated 8th grader and I went with 3 other girls my age and our marvelously forgiving fathers. The trip was only a week long trip including the long drive to and from Ely, Minnesota, but that was all it took to get me completely hooked. Sure part of the appeal is obvious; water, trees, rock and big blue sky, but it goes much further beyond that.
Where else can you experience the thrill of crossing large bodies of lake with whitecaps to finally pull yourself up and out onto a wooden pier at the end of your trip. Memories like that stay with you and help build up connections you have not only with your friends, who willingly shared a canoe with you, but to the grand sense of your own small part in the natural world.
Wilderness Wind continues to work to provide wilderness experiences that connect with people spiritually, ecologically and in the deep way nature can change how a person views their life. It is a small organization and as I have learned during the past year on the board, every dollar makes a difference. This year marks our 25th anniversary and so we have one of our largest paddle-a-thon teams to date. Over 20 paddlers will be participating on Saturday and each of us has a goal to raise $500. My wonderful friend Steph and I are paddling together and also fundraising together, but we could definitely still use your help. So if you love the wilderness, enjoy reading the blog from time to time, or just appreciate my willingness to post embarrassing photos of myself
Please, pretty please, considering donating a couple bucks to this wonderful organization.