Swinging in the Slates

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LAMAR: We are now in the Slate islands again. In Terrace Bay we presented at the high school. I helped with an activity for the first time and I really liked it. I definitely want to do it again next time and maybe even do more. It’s funny because at the beginning of the trip I was way too freaked out to do anything with the presentations, but now it is fun to get up and do something in front of a crowd. Even if it’s not a very big thing.

Now it’s raining and windy so we’re all hanging out in the cabin. I like these days in the boat because it’s so cozy. Later this afternoon we might go hiking.  Mom was just trying to take a picture of us but it took her ten tries because someone kept blinking or turning away. We were all laughing.


Cedar Gordon: People often ask, “What do you eat?” This trip there are lots of people with food allergies and Keera who is vegan. In fact Zander and Lamar are the only people on board without any food allergies. We eat a lot of beans and rice. We also eat lots of vegetables that keep a long time such as: cabbage, carrots, parsnips, onions and potatoes. When we get to a port that has a grocery store then we get stuff like lettuce, cauliflower, and fruit. For dinner we mostly eat one-pot meals like curry, or stir-fry. We mostly have soup for lunch, and for breakfast we have some version of hot cereal, eggs, and beans. When somebody feels like making a cake or some cookies, then we have a treat. We also drink lots of water and tea. We always have plenty of food although it’s not super fancy.

Coulter: The crossing from Hydro (Terrace) Bay to the Slate Islands was really great—much better than the day before when I threw up twice. We started out with a nice wind. The water was very smooth and it was kind of hazy so you could not see where the lake ended and the sky began. The water was so clear and clean that we filled the water tanks. We checked for clarity and you could see 56 feet down. The wind slowly died and we motored the rest of the way into the Slates. I steered the boat through a pencil-thin channel. I was nervous but I followed Mark’s signals and it went smoothly. We dropped the anchor and had a nice evening swinging.

Cedar Holden at the wheel

Cedar Holden: Terrace Bay High school was my first presentation as crew. Everyone was teaching about climate change. I talked only a little bit with the microphone since it was my first time. I told the students what my family does to keep our carbon footprint lower. We have many big gardens which we eat from in the spring, summer, and fall. This food needs no shipping or packaging and is healthier. In the winter we still have to buy some food. We get all our meat from our neighbors so there’s no shipping or processing. We have a composting toilet and I am working on a way to use our rainwater at home. Our rainwater has no chemicals and is probably cleaner than the water you have in your home. Next time I want to tell people about bees.

What is Sea Change 2016? A spring sailing voyage on Lake Superior!  Life-changing adventure with a purpose:  to inform, demonstrate, and inspire climate change solutions along the shores of Lake Superior. Follow along through the crew’s regular blog posts.

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