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.

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4 comments:

  1. Hey there!

    Back when you guy's were making your way around Lake Michigan you came ashore at our cabin at the Old Mission peninsula near Traverse City due to wind (from what I recall). Me and my wife (then girlfriend) were just reminiscing about up north and you two got brought up. After a bit of digging on google I finally found your site (even though you told us what it was, but we totally forgot).

    Looks like your doing pretty well for yourself with the documentary and all. Also, thanks for the shout out in your blog (http://lakemichiganinadugout.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-long-home-stretch.html)

    This is Brian, btw, representing Sarah, Danielle, and Brandon as well.

    Glad to see you guys survived! To be completely honest we thought you guy's were nuts, but HOLY CRAP what an adventure that had to have been.

    Anyway, if you ever find yourselves on an adventure on the high seas again and need a friendly place to come ashore, our beach is always welcome to you guys.

    P.S. Not sure if you read the comments on here, but if you ya do, shoot me and my wife an email at blade3d1(at)gmail.com to say hi!

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