MINNETONKA — Imagine spending a whole year traveling by canoe and ski in a wild landscape — not flipping on a light switch, driving your car or even setting foot in a building or crossing a road for an entire year.
That is exactly what Amy and Dave Freeman did in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The Freemans, 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year, undertook this journey to bear witness to the wilderness and share their experience through social media and online articles in partnership with the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters.
And they have recently written a book about their yearlong adventure, “A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters.”
This book tells the story of that year in northern Minnesota. The Freemans show the value of wilderness. Readers hear loons whistling softly under a moonrise. They taste lobster mushrooms cooked over a fire. They watch a pine marten stalking a hare through winter’s first snowfall. We linger, reverently, at the edges of a silent lake after other campers have gone home.
Amy and Dave Freeman will be at the General Store of Minnetonka, 14401 Highway 7, for a meet and greet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20. All proceeds from the sale of their book on that day will go to the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Refreshments will be provided, including samples of locally made Boundary Waters Blueberry KaKookies.
The Grit Pickers, an old-time bluegrass band, will perform.