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Rae-Rae: In Love With Being On Trail

I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend and VOBS instructor extraordinaire, Rachel Hedlund. Rae-Rae, as she is affectionately known, has a super-infectious laugh, a surfer alter ego and is the only person I know who refers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “Notorious RBG.” I was lucky enough to spend 8 days in her company…

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Leaving No Trace

When I first met Brian Meyer, I did not anticipate that he would move me, and the rest of our Boundary Waters crew, to tears with his writing. On Expedition, I discovered a patient and thoughtful friend, and I think Brian discovered that he is an artist. Experience leads to such discoveries. Fleming may have…

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Stormy Weather: An Adversity Epiphany

The air is thick and the barometric pressure is dropping. Something is brewing. Tension is building– in the atmosphere and in our crew. It’s just after 5pm on day 6 of our 8 day Boundary Waters Canoe Expedition in the Minnesota wilderness, and we’re trying to pick a campsite. “We” are seven adults, ages thirty…

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New Lens on Life

“Silence is powerful.” Gayle Smaller takes off his glasses and with one sweeping gesture, invokes the grandeur of the North Shore. “Out there, the guys can hear it.” “The guys” are the promising young black men who are New Lens Urban Mentoring Society, and Gayle Smaller, New Lens founder, is a big man, with big…