Thursday, March 31, 2016

Some Recent Fun!

This March we were able to bring Makeba on the road with us!
We attended the snowy Quiet Water Symposium in Lansing, Michigan. The trip went off without a hitch! (...though we did have minor trailer issues, but that's a story for another day!) Everyone enjoyed seeing Makeba alongside the other wooden boats displayed.
A newly created documentary DVD stand also made it's debut along with Mini Makeba!
The following weekend, we attended Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin. This event is always a blast - being the largest watersport show in the US, it's a show full of new gear, new boats, new adventures, and new and old friends. Our buddies at MTI Adventurewear were gracious enough to let us set up Makeba on the corner of their booth. We helped them sell some of our favorite pfds in return - look who it is!
We were happy to finally be able to include Makeba in all the fun. Many people who had heard our talk in previous years we excited to see our craft in person. We also got to share our documentary on Sunday afternoon to a large crowd.
 (I guess we wore the same outfits both weekends? Just like our trip...)
We are also happy to announce that we were recently awarded Best Amateur Documentary in the National Paddling Film Festival! The festival is usually overloaded with whitewater kayaking films and male filmmakers - so we're ecstatic to get in the lineup with our documentary! Check out all the other films that won awards here!

Log Jam

Dear friends near and far,

First off, we can’t thank you enough for your continued support and enthusiasm, without which our dreams would be much harder to accomplish and pursue day in and day out.

Due to unforeseen delays, we have had to push back the printing of the Log. Since first deciding to turn our trip journals into print, we've devoted countless hours to brainstorming, writing, revising, illustrating, and designing a book to share with all of you. Believe us when we say we want to see this book in our hands just as much as you. Most of all though, this book is meant to be shared with friends and family, and those who may just need that last push to start off on a journey of their own. We don’t want to sell ourselves, or you, short on quality. Don’t worry, the book will still be on its way shortly. It will just not be in your hands, ready for page turning, by March 15th as originally hoped.

It’s more exciting this way, isn’t it? More of an adventure. Where is my book now? Does it know where to find me? Is it traveling safely? You never know when that package will make its way home, but you know it will.

We are hoping to send the final files to the printer by the end of March, so…we don’t want to say exactly when the UPS man will come knocking at your door, but you can count on it being a spring surprise when he does!

The Log of our journey is a combined illustrated journal that tells the story of how Mary got the big idea to build a dugout sailing canoe and how Amy agreed to take the tree-boat 1,200 miles around their backyard, Lake Michigan. Filled with sketches, watercolors, and photos, this book is very much a relic to our story and what this experience has meant to us. The 6x8.75" book will contain full color illustrations and entries by yours truly. You will receive a signed and numbered edition of your Log, jam-packed with after production markings and creative add-ins. Your book preorder will help offset printing costs for a small batch edition of 250 copies. Orders can still be placed at: lakemichiganinadugout.bigcartel.com

We hope you understand. Thank you for your help in making the first print a success. Along with you, we are hoping this book is worth the wait!

Cheers,

Amy & Mary

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dig the Dunes!

Dig the Dunes is a unique social media platform that uncovers all the hidden treausures of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan - from trails and beaches, to people, to events and even the history and geology. We were recently featured in their "Meet Your Neighbors" segment where they interview interesting people who have a connection to the dunes area. Be sure to visit their page for fun facts and new adventures for you to embark upon!

http://digthedunes.com/meet-your-neighbors-amy-lukas-and-mary-catterlin/

Monday, December 21, 2015

Preorder the Log!

We are happy to announce that we are finally ready to print Lake Michigan in a Dugout: The Log! Your preorder will help offset printing costs for a small batch edition of 250 copies. The book will be printed and shipped Spring 2016.

The Log of our journey is a combined illustrated journal that tells the story of how Mary got the big idea to build a dugout sailing canoe and how Amy agreed to take the tree-boat 1200 miles around their backyard, Lake Michigan. Filled with sketches, watercolors, and photos, this book is very much a relic to our story and what this experience has meant to us.

The 6x8.75" book will contain full color illustrations and entries by yours truly. You will receive a signed and numbered edition of your Log, jam-packed with after production markings and creative add-ins.

Order now at:
lakemichiganinadugout.bigcartel.com

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Blue Heron Can Fly!

We were finally able to put the boat in the water this past fall! It was a short season, but it looks like our boy, Blue, is ready for a full summer of fun next year. The bird and Makeba are going to get along great!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Adventure Continues...1/5 done.

You've been waiting for us to tell you the next adventure for awhile now...Well the time has finally come to spill the idea for at least one of our next big dreams. We have recently applied for a $10,000 grant that could help us make this dream a success. Now we need your votes everyday until July 21st! Please VOTE HERE!
My best friend, Amy Lukas, and I dream of finishing what we started 3 years ago: we wish to circle the entirety of the Great Lakes. In 2012, we circumnavigated Lake Michigan in my handmade dugout sailing canoe in 93 days. We didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of something bigger. We started asking ourselves, “What if we kept going?” We plan to complete this incredible journey in our usual fashion: using creativity, ingenuity, and humor to succeed on our own terms in unconventional ways. On our nonstop multi-modal journey, we’ll adapt to the vast array of conditions we encounter by paddling the dugout, kayaking, SUPing, tandem biking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rowing, and sailing with the seasons. We would travel through 8 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and pass over 35,000 islands. There is a proposed plan to make this route into the longest continuous marked trail in the world. Consisting of more than 9,500mi of shoreline, the Great Lakes Trail would be 5 times longer than the AT and 4 times longer than the PCT. Traveling such a distance of freshwater coastline could amount to 350-400 days in an ever-evolving environment. This all started because I couldn’t afford to buy a boat and things snowballed from there. We’re 1/5 of the way to our dream, but we know we can’t finish on pennies and scraps. With your support, we know we can do this. Otherwise, this turns back into a whispered dream and we’ll always wonder, “What if…”
Sunrise. Day 52 of 93 going 1200mi around Lake Michigan in our 300lb handmade dugout sailing canoe. The final four Great Lakes await us.

Help us out by voting everyday HERE!

https://www.wishpond.com/lp/718142/entries/38262371

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Walnut Ink First Friday Event and Music/Documentary Screening Extraordinaire on June 12th!

We are super excited to be joining Walnut Ink Projects for a film screening event next Friday, June 12th! Walnut Ink Projects is an innovative and creative gallery and working space in the downtown arts district of Michigan City, Indiana. It's one of our favorite local galleries to venture into from time to time and we are ecstatic to collaborate on an event with them.

We were able to promote the upcoming event by putting Makeba on display outside the gallery for Michigan City's First Fridays event last night.
Many people stopped by to check out our unique craft and talk to us about next week's music and film event.
We are happy to say that Naomi Marie will be coming down to play music next Friday before the film is shown. Musician Naomi Marie, who we met on our Lake Michigan trip when we stopped in Racine, Wisconsin, allowed us to use her songs as the backdrop for our documentary. Her vibe and words meshed perfectly with our footage, plus we love that we met her on our actual adventure!

A little bit about our lovely musician for the documentary and for this special evening:

Fueled by honest wonder and countless cups of coffee, singer/songwriter Naomi Marie writes of love, loss and life’s oscillating adventures. Performing thoughtful, acoustic-folk-pop songs in cafes, intimate theaters and local venues, she is an active musical contributor all along the 3rd Coast of Lake Michigan.

Website: http://www.naomimariemusic.org 
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/naomimariemusic
See a video of Naomi performing here!

Our documentary will be screened in full following some tunes from Naomi Marie. Amy and Mary will be around for all of your questions and Makeba will also be in attendance for the evening:

Trailer of Lake Michigan in a Dugout: The Documentary

You can expect to hear some fantastic music, watch a pretty great documentary, drink some drinks, mingle with an eclectic group of people, and have a whole lot of fun. Come on out to Walnut Ink at 5:30pm on June 12th!