Any color you like – September 17-31, 2016

September 17-18, 2016 Richard-Hoefelmeyer Homestead. Beresford, South Dakota We decided to sleep in a little to commemorate the completion of the Upper Missouri River. It took us about 100 days to paddle from Three Forks, Montana to Yankton, South Dakota. Some of those days were top notch, world-class days. Some of them felt like the Read More

Life on the Plains – End of August 2016

August 20, 2016 Whitlock State Park, Lake Oahe, South Dakota The sail only works under a very certain set of conditions: tail- or slight cross-tailwind. Wind must be between about 5-10mph, sustained. Less is not enough to pull the sail, more and you may end up dealing with too much fetch (waves caused by wind) for Read More

You win, Lake Sakakawea. July 30th- August 4th, 2016

July 30, 2016 New Town Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota Not a bad day in paradise. A light breeze out of the east not causing much trouble. The Saturday motorboat crowd, here for the fishing tournament, was stirring the water today. They aren’t so bad either. At least something to watch. The landscape is shifting too, as we paddle east. The Read More

Canoeing Through New York City

11_17_14Student Response (Lower) 11_17_14Student Response (Upper) As Dave and I paddled down the Hudson River we began to see more and more buildings. The buildings got taller and taller. Trains rumbled down each side of the river. Cars whizzed overhead on bridges. Dave and I looked at each other and he said, “We are a 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

More rapids and a community

The nature of the river has changed. The calm stretches between rapids are shorter and there are many more small rapids and riffles. Like Roosevelt we have noticed that the trees are getting larger as we descend the river. This was a very important fact for Roosevelt because very soon his men would have to Read More

Preparing to canoe the Rio Roosevelt

5_12_14StudentResponse(Lower) 5_12_14StudentResponse(Upper) On Friday Paul  Schurke and I will get on an airplane in Duluth, Minnesota and fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil.  We are busy organizing and packing our equipment for our trip. We will spend over 6 weeks in Brazil. We will be exploring the Amazon Rainforest. We will spend over a month canoeing Read More

North American Odyssey

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  On Earth Day (April 22) of 2010 Dave and Amy Freeman began a three year, 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled. Their goal is to gain support and protection for North America’s waterways and introduce over 75,000 elementary and middle school students to wild places though this website and Read More