Amy and Dave Freeman Complete Incredible Paddle to DC

After 100 days of paddling, sailing and portaging from Ely, on December 3rd, Amy and Dave Freeman completed their quest to deliver their petition canoe “Sig” to Washington D.C. From the shores of Birch Lake, the Freemans paddled through the BWCA, portaged across the Grand Portage, sailed down the north shore to Duluth, across Lake Superior and Lake Huron, then paddled the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers to the Canadian capitol, then down Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, then south to Baltimore and Washington D.C. There they were joined by forty people from Minnesota who visited with lawmakers and agency staff to tell them that the Boundary Waters is too precious to put at risk from the world’s most polluting industry. The Friends of the Boundary Waters is one of thirteen partner organizations in the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, which provided logistics for the trip and organized the meetings in D.C.

Learn more at the Paddle to D.C. website, check out this amazing film by Patagonia’s Nate Ptacek about Amy and Dave’s journey, and see some of the best photos from the journey below.

Paddle to DC: A Quest for Clean Water from Nate Ptacek on Vimeo.

Here are Amy and Dave after meeting with White House staff to tell them about the threat to the Boundary Waters.

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“Sig” bears the signatures of hundreds of people (joined by thousands more who signed an electronic petition) asking President Obama to protect the Boundary Waters watershed from sulfide mining.

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All along the way, Dave and Amy did events to raise awareness of the threat of sulfide mining – in little towns like Knife River, MN and big cities like Ottawa, Canada. This picture is at the Patagonia store in Washington, D.C.

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In D.C., Amy and Dave presented “Sig” to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, who will put it on display in the U.S. Forest Service headquarters.

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It’s not often you see a canoe being portaged past the Washington Monument…

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or paddled past the Statue of Liberty.

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Thanks to Dave and Amy from bringing the message about the threat to this precious place from Ely, Minnesota …


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To the intersection of Ely and Minnesota in Washington D.C.!

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Photo credits: Dave and Amy Freeman (freemanexplore on Instagram) and Nate Ptacek (arborealis on Instagram)

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