February 26, 2018

Paddling the Boundary Waters has been a dream for many of us. Paddling the Boundary Waters on a SUP has never been done until now. The waters can be calm at times but wind and rough water can play a factor. The draw is the wilderness, the solitude, the paddling, and the absolute pristine beauty you can encounter along the way. 

Inspiration struck two months earlier. For years I had dreamed of making a solo trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and to make it work I assumed I would need a solo canoe.

I never imagined that I would make the trip standing up.

But last summer my wife, Liana, and I bought an inflatable stand-up paddleboard. It was an innocuous purchase meant to add a little summer fun for us and our kids. But it set in motion a journey that would take me through miles of America’s most expansive wilderness and deep into my own being.

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