Time to ‘fess up, Readers. How many miles have you walked at one time? Have you ever walked five miles? Ten miles? An unbelievable twenty miles?
Please register your all-time record in the comments below. Mine was five miles on Fort Myers Beach maybe ten years ago. I walked up the beach from the south end of the island to the north. Afterward, I ached for two days. OK, OK, I’m not in the most tip-top physical shape!
Tonight I want to share an Inspiring Story with you. It’s the story of two people who aim to walk 1,800 miles around the shores of Lake Superior starting on April 29th. Yes, you read that correctly. Kate Crowley and Mike Link, a husband & wife team from Minnesota, both in their 60’s, will circle around the Big Lake. Their trip is estimated to take six months.
Can any one of you readers imagine accomplishing this? I am so inspired about their Sisu. (Sisu is the Finnish word for strength of will, perseverance, determination, dedication. We know that because a lot of Finns have settled around Lake Superior and taught us about the valor of this word.)
There are two ways we can follow their progress. I discovered about this adventure in Lake Superior Magazine. This is an absolutely beautiful magazine with incredible photographs of Kitchee-Gami. (That’s the Ojibway word for Lake Superior.) Truly, if you ever leaf through this magazine, you will drool at the dancing colors of water, the up-close views of moose and bear, the exquisite shades of leaves in autumn.
They are helping sponsor the 1,800 mile adventure. Every month we’ll get updates about the progress of the two hikers.
Our other option is to visit their website: Full Circle: A Journey Around the Greatest Lake. Today it says: 34 days until countdown.
They plan to stay as close to the shore as possible as they circumvent the lake. They are both naturalists, interested not only in the adventure, but also in educating others. Therefore, they have a second important goal: to record the flora and fauna that exists in 2010 around the shore of the lake. This kind of information was recorded a century ago, but there have been many climate and landscape changes since then.
Won’t it be interesting to see what differences and similarities they discover?
Want to know some other fascinating statistics published in the Lake Superior magazine? Let’s say that you decided to walk 1,800 miles south from Marquette, Michigan. You know where you’d end up? Cozumel, Mexico. (That’s how far they’re walking, folks!)
I am suddenly thinking my five-mile lifetime expedition should be upped a bit. Maybe to seven miles? What do you think? YIKES–Why did I just write that??
My other thought is: it would be fun shout “hello!” or even stop by talk to Kate and Mike when they’re navigating next to the Huron or Keweenaw Bay sometime next summer or fall. I could even tell you guys about it.
Anyway, just wanting to wish the couple GOOD LUCK! and safe and enjoyable hiking around our beautiful lake. They truly have Lake Superior Spirit. We’re cheering them on from the sidelines!