A new like blogger focused on Boundary Waters Wilderness

My sister found an article from a trail runner / outdoors person who is travel around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), and our mom sent it my way. He and I have some commonalities. Quote, “A unique aspect of my advocacy is that people see the Boundary Waters as canoe country, and rightfully so. But in addition to world-class canoeing, this area is also home to hundreds of remote wilderness backcountry trails. So, it’s my idea to collectively run hundreds of miles in a landscape of over 1,100 lakes to bring a different perspective to our fight.

He obviously is working to build awareness of the BWCAW, it’s fight for survival and all that others can do to help. His description of his experience so far is priceless, quote: “While running through the Boundary Waters I’ve seen moose and bears, been bitten by at least a million mosquitos, jumped in lakes and streams to avoid heat exhaustion, and refilled my water supplies from the waters around me while rushing along the trails. I’ve panicked once or twice from being lost, turned off the trail onto a portage route between lakes and had to backtrack a mile or more. I’ve stopped for blueberries, raspberries and thimbleberries, taking advantage of nature’s aid station food supply. I’ve been rained on and snowed on. I’ve watched eagles soar at eye level as I paused on 300-foot cliffs to look out over the wilderness. I’ve gotten sunburned, broken a toe and have permanent scars on my shins from wild rose thorns. I’ve seen the sun rise over the United States and set over Canada on the same run. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of being so small while so connected to one million acres as I’ve run through this wilderness and hoped this place will be around for generations to come.”

The article being published in Patagonia is not without tips on what we can do, quote: “Right now, there is a bill working its way through Congress—H.R. 5598, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, authored by Representative Betty McCollum. This bill will permanently remove the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining from the watershed of not only the Boundary Waters but also Voyageurs National Park and the Canadian Quetico Provincial Park. Three protected landscapes are at peril from this proposed mine. You can join the fight at Patagonia Action Works.”

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