After Matt’s 2008 Appalachian Trail hike he returned to his home in Houghton, MI with the intention of going into the Peace Corps. Our relationship had grown into something that neither of us wanted to abandon and after a few weeks Matt decided to stay. This change in plans came with one condition: we needed a big trip on the horizon, so we decided to paddle around Lake Superior the following summer. We both loved the Lake and it sat right out our back door. The only problem was neither of us had ever kayaked before.
We bought boats and gear, rounded up a few awesome sponsors, paddled a little, and on June 9th, 2009 we set off out of Houghton, MI and into an adventure we couldn’t have expected. Oh, and did I mention we got engaged a few days before we hit the water?
We paddled clockwise around the Lake, heading west out of Houghton, MI toward Duluth, MN and then north to Canada. About seventy days, 1,200 miles and countless adventures later we paddled back into Houghton and landed on the same beach we started from. Along the way we met some amazing people, learned how to paddle on the largest body of fresh water in the world, and saw some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. On top of that we tested our relationship in ways we could have never predicted and came through stronger than ever. We both kept a daily journal and shot a few photos to document and share our trip.
We hope you enjoy reading about our adventure and seeing the photos we took. If you have questions or if there is some info you would like to see here please feel free to get a hold of us. If you don’t have questions get a hold of us anyway, we love talking to people. You can find our contact info in the “Contact Us” section of the site.