The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Stroke
With paddle and pluck, an adventurous twosome—one a student, one an alumnus—circumnavigated Lake Superior in kayaks last summer. Hannah Abbotts, a senior in forestry and environmental science, and her husband, Matt Abbotts '07, of Calumet, were right at home braving the restive waters of the world's largest lake. Their passage measured one thousand miles and took nearly three months. The endeavor was hard to do but good to have done, Matt said. They saw enough eagles to make them commonplace, especially on the US side. The view from the lake ranged from the hills of Canada, to the flatlands of the eastern UP, to Munising's sandstone bluffs. "On the north side of the lake, we hit the start of the boreal forest," Hannah recalled. "You could smell the balsam fir. It was a rush."