The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

11_10_14Student Response (Lower) 11_10_14Student Response (Upper) Dave and I finally made it to the southern end of windy Lake Champlain. From there we paddled on the Champlain Canal to the Hudson River. The canal has a series of dams and locks. It was pretty nice to use the lock system instead of having to portage. Read More

Learning About Lake Champlain

11_3_14Student Response (Lower) 11_3_14Student Response (Upper)   Dave and I are now paddling our canoe on Lake Champlain. I am happy to report that we are back in the United States too! Lake Champlain is a very big and interesting lake. Did you know that it is the sixth largest lake in the United States? Read More

Portage to the Richelieu

10_27_14Student Response (Lower) 10_27_14Student Response (Upper) Greetings from the Richelieu River! We portaged our canoe from Montreal to the Richelieu River, because that is what won the last Cast YOUR Vote. Portage means to carry a canoe and supplies over land from one body of water to another. We loaded our canoe, Sig, onto our Read More

A Visit to Victoria Island

10_20_14Student Response (Lower) 10_20_14Student Response (Upper)   We made it to Ottawa, the capital of Canada! I have some information about Victoria Island to share with you now! Remember, students voted in a recent Cast YOUR Vote for us to visit Victoria Island while we are in Ottawa. Thank you for choosing Victoria Island. It Read More

Almost to Ottawa

10_13_14Student Response (Lower) 10_13_14Student Response (Upper) Last week’s Cast YOUR Vote determined what we should do in Ottawa, Ontario. Students chose that we should visit Victoria Island. We will visit Victoria Island, which has been a gathering place for First Nations people for centuries. This week, I will share what I know about the Ottawa Read More

Paddling the Historic Mattawa River

10_6_14 Student Response Worksheet (Lower) 10_6_14 Student Response Worksheet (Upper) Dave and I have been canoeing along the Voyageur’s Highway.  We have paddled up the French River, across Lake Nipissing and down the Mattawa River. As we paddled our canoe on the Mattawa River, I could imagine brigades of voyageurs paddling their canoes, singing songs Read More

Animals of the Fur Trade

9_29_14 Student Response (Lower) 9_29_14 Student Response (Upper)     Last week students voted on what we should study this week. The vote was majorly in favor of studying the beaver and other animals that fueled the fur trade. Did you know that beavers are responsible for the exploration and settlement of Canada and large Read More

Lake Superior Animals

9_22_14StudentResponse_lower 9_22_14StudentResponse_upper   Last week’s Notes from the Trail was all about fish found in Lake Superior. As promised, this week we will focus on the other animals that live in and around Lake Superior. Animals that spend time in and around Lake Superior are mammals like river otters and beavers, amphibians like wood frogs, Read More

The Fish of Lake Superior

9_15_14StudentResponse_lower 9_15_14StudentResponse_upper   The results of last week’s Cast YOUR Vote are in. Students have chosen that we should research the fish and animals of Lake Superior. There are 34 native fish species and a total of 88 fish species in this massive lake. “Native species” means a plant or animal that lives in the Read More

Paddling Across the Boundary Waters

9_8_14Student_Response_lower 9_8_14Student_Response_upper   Dave and I just spent eight days paddling through the BWCAW. BWCAW stands for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Our journey began on the South Kawishiwi River near Ely, MN. Friends came to say goodbye and wish us luck on our trip. Twenty canoes paddled the first mile with us. Did Read More