|Dave portaging near the Taltson River in the Northwest Territories.|
The end of their route has taken them through Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Dave and Amy are thrilled to be back home near Grand Marais as they wrap up this 5-month leg of their journey. Bryan Hansel joined them at Crane Lake for the final 240 mile stretch.
|Amy gazing at majestic Manitou Falls on the Fond du Lac River in Saskatchewan.|
The purpose of the North American Odyssey is to raise awareness of North America's waterways and wilderness. It is also a call to action, urging people to simplify their lives, reduce their carbon footprints, and get outside to enjoy nature. Their message has been heard by about 65,000 school children from around the globe so far.
Dave and Amy update an educational website, www.WildernessClassroom.com, where students and educators interact with the expedition team. A second website, www.NorthAmericanOdyssey.com serves as a blog for armchair adventurers to see what they are up to.
|Bryan, Dave, Amy and Fennel heading out on the last stretch of Stage Four.|
Despite this homecoming after about five months of paddling, the couple are just over halfway done with the North American Odyssey. They are taking this winter break to give school presentations and attend other speaking engagements. They will be guiding dogsled trips over in Ely, too. In the spring, they will dust off their paddles once again and travel through the Great Lakes out to the East Coast, where they plan to follow the annual whale migration down the Atlantic Coast to the Florida Keys.
Everyone is invited to their pizza bake and slide show at North House on October 27th in Grand Marais. The pizza bake starts at 5 pm, followed by the slide show at 6:30. The Wilderness Classroom will provide the dough, cheese, and sauce. Bring your favorite toppings and invite your friends. All are welcome!