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  • Writer's pictureEmily Ford

Ready to launch

It feels surreal, intimidating and exciting all at the same time.

I've only spent a little bit of time in this wilderness and was introduced to it when I was 17, but I know that the BWCA is special. With thousands of lakes and melange of species, I know that getting to live in it for a month is meaningful.

This is not a trip about "conquering the trail". I'm not sure if I ever want to be known as a conqueror. This trip is about the sacred space that is the wilderness, me as a human visitor to that space and our relationship.

How do we continue to protect these spaces if we don't know what we are protecting? I don't want to forget that the BWCA still exists in the frigid winter. How are we to remember that all of the water in these lakes are connected to each other and, in turn, connected to all of us if we don't spend time in them and on them?

This trip is for you, for me and for us to be reminded that the outdoors is for everybody. It is the great equalizer. No tree, stream or wolf knows my gender, race or where I land on the economic spectrum. I feel lucky to spend time in it.

Follow along here! I will post when I have service.


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