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2014 Outdoor Adventure Series
"Paddling to Winter" | Julie Buckles | February 4, 2014 | 7pm | Free
Fourteen years ago on May 1, Julie Buckles and Charly Ray embarked on a rather unusual honeymoon, starting one mile from their front door. Dipping their paddles into Lake Superior, they paddled their handmade wood-canvas canoe 1,700 miles north and west to Wollaston Lake in Saskatchewan and landed at Estevan Island—where they lived for eight months. This presentation will also include a book signing of Julie’s book “Paddling to Winter.”
"Appalachian Trail - A 6 Month Thru-Hike" | Sara Mowchan | February 11, 2014 | 7pm | Free
In April of 2013, Sara Mowchan set out to do the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail extending between Georgia and Maine. She would complete the trail in 6 months, hiking through a total of 13 states. The Appalachian Trail has grown in popularity for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. On average in 2013, 4,000 hikers started the trail intending to finish it. Of that number, only 25% of those people were successful. Sara will talk about the physical and mental endurance, adventure, and minimalist lifestyle required to complete the journey, and share many of her photos taken along the way.
"New Zealand - A Search For Closure" | Mike and Kate Link | February 18, 2014 | 7pm | Free
In 1990, Backpacker Magazine featured an article highlighting the conversations that Mike and his son Matt shared over campfires before untimely Matt’s death in 1989 while kayaking in New Zealand. This presentation will follow Mike and Kate’s journey to New Zealand nearly 2 decades later in order to discover additional meaning to Matt’s passion for outdoor adventure and the inherent risk we all accept in pursuing our passions.
"Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids" | Mark and Katya Gordon | February 25, 2014 | 7pm | Free
The Gordon’s are a bone fide sailing Family! Together they have sailed well over 15,000 miles on Lake Superior and beyond with their two daughters, Cedar (11) and Lamar (8). Their sailing vessel, the Amicus II, is a custom built 40' steel cutter. She weighs 25,000 lbs., has a 11.5' beam and a 5.5' draft. She carries 100 gallons of water and 70 gallons of diesel fuel. In June 2013 they completed their second sailing cruise to the Bahamas and back from Lake Superior, logging just over 5,000 miles in 10 months aboard Amicus II. The Gordon’s will share their stories of sailing the high seas and big waters of Lake Superior while studying climate change and raising a family.
"Preparation for Raptor Migration" | Erik Bruhnke | March 4, 2014 | 7pm | Free
Have you ever wondered what kind of hawk that is... hanging out in the woods, or circling overhead? Is that raptor in the backyard constantly causing identification troubles? Birds of prey tend to be one of the more difficult variety of birds to identify. Join Erik Bruhnke as he shares an exciting assortment of field identification techniques and personal experiences for learning raptors both up close and at a great distance. Throughout the past six fall seasons, Erik has captured the hearts of visitors at Hawk Ridge through teaching others about the subtleties of avian field identification. He is ready to get you hooked on the thrilling world of raptors, using a combination of his raptor photography, identification tricks and his love for teaching others about birds. Are you ready to learn about raptors?
"Pow Wow - The Wounded BWCA Trail" | Martin Kubik | March 11, 2014 | 7pm | Free
Would you go in if you knew that you might not come out? The Forest Service built the Pow Wow Trail after the “BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978” was passed. Thirty three years later, the Pow Wow Trail nearly vanished in the inferno of the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011. Kubik speaks about the hikers’ ordeal on the Pow Wow last summer while they climbed over 1,200 treefalls blocking the trail. In this presentation you will be able to see how quickly nature takes over: scores of lost rock cairns, fireweed growing shoulder high, impenetrable wall of aspen going wild after the fire. Forest Service crews worked to resurrect the trail, but Martin Kubik shows that much more needs to be done. He offers simple and yet effective ideas on how to help to bring this BWCAW treasure trail back … so that hikers like you can enjoy the Pow Wow again.