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Arrowhead Journey – Erik Simula – 1000 mile canoe journey

Arrowhead Journey 1000 Mile Canoe Journey

Arrowhead Journey 1000 Mile Canoe Journey

While on a hike this afternoon with my dog near Grand Marais I met Erik Simula on a unique canoeing journey.  Erik is a Duluth native and he is in the midst of a 1000 mile Minnesota canoe journey spread of the next 3 months. The journey started in Grand Portage on earth day April 22nd and Erik will paddle and portage his way from Grand Portage to Duluth to Grand Rapids to International Falls and back to Grand Portage in time for the 2009 annual rendezvous on August 7th. O’yea….BTW…  All in a canoe he made by hand and with his paddling partner dog Kitigan.  Click Here for the details of his trip on Erik Simua’s blog. Good Luck Erik!

See a couple more pictures I took during my brief conversation with him on the shores of Lake Superior as he landed on shore to camp due to the poor wind conditions and rough seas for paddling. Hopefully he will be in Duluth within the next week or so!! Here is the url to his web site: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/

Eric Simula & Kitigan

Erik Simula & Kitigan

Eric Simula - Arrowhead Journey - May 3rd, Fall River

Erik Simula - Arrowhead Journey - May 3rd, Fall River

Arrowhead Journey - Hand made birch bark canoe and canvas water skirt

Arrowhead Journey - Hand made birch bark canoe and canvas water skirt

Erik Simula's hand made birch bark canoe tied with roots and sealed with spruce tree gum.

Erik Simula's hand made birch bark canoe tied with roots and sealed with spruce tree gum.

13 Comments

Nick

about 9 years ago

This is awesome. Godspeed Erik!

rediguana

about 9 years ago

In 2002 I worked with Erik at Grand Portage Nat'l Monument. He's an awesome canoe builder, and builds them right out in the open at the monument for visitors to come and watch (at least he did the summer I was there). Best of luck to him!

Cory

about 9 years ago

Looks like he made it to Duluth......



Read DNT story here:
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/120070/

Megan

about 9 years ago

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Erik? I work for Kokatat watersports wear and would like to get him a new PFD.

Cory

about 9 years ago

These guys should be able to direct you to how to get a hold of him. According to his blog his wife plans to meet him in Duluth today.

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To contact Bearskin about Erik's trip or to contribute or help in some way:  [email protected]

Or call Bearskin Lodge (218) 388-2292 for information.

Sue McCloughan

about 9 years ago

Bearskin Lodge is writing and maintaining the Arrowhead Journey blog.(http://arrowheadjourney.wodpress.com)
  
If you leave a blog message for Erik, he will eventually see it when he reaches a place with an internet connection. This is the best way to leave your good wishes and thoughts. 
 
Bearskin Lodge can get a message to Erik through other means for something important.  Give us a call or email us. We can get the information to him at some point.

Cory

about 9 years ago

Meet Erik at Indian Point Campground.

Info posted on his blog: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/ 

We've heard from a few people who wished they could have connected with Erik in Duluth. You still have a chance tonight. If you're near Duluth, join Erik tonight for a Fireside Chat at his campsite in the Indian Point Campground. Or listen to the discussion that will be broadcast on WTIP North Shore Radio at 7 PM tonight (Thursday). To reach the Indian Point Campground, head towards the lovely historic Willard Munger Inn at 7408 Grand Avenue in West Duluth. Go 3 blocks south of the Inn to find the campground. Erik will be at campsite #53. Find out just what happened to that pesky PFD zipper.
Info posted on his blog: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/

Cory

about 9 years ago

He made it to Grand Rapids!

http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/arrowheadjourney/

Courtnie Thunberg

about 9 years ago

We ran into Eric on Rainy Lake. What an amazing story, we were so inspired by his journey!!! I have a pic I'd like to send of him.

Cory

about 9 years ago

You can email your picture you want to send Erik here: [email protected]

Thanks - Yes it is a truly inspiring journey!!

Nancy Bermel

about 9 years ago

Greetings Erik from Troop 143, Duluth Georgia. We met you at Otterback lake on the Hunter's Island loop.We were with your friend and our guide, Fred Marks. We really enjoyed seeing your canoe and speaking with you.  We finished the whole Hunter's Island loop (all 166 miles)just a few days after seeing you.  The boys were really encouraged and inspired by your trek and wanted to everything they could to finish the whole Hunter's Island loop. Blessings on your trek.  
Nancy, Jeff, Mark, Cliff, Lang, Alex, Erik, Grant and Fred.

Cory

about 8 years ago

Journey Complete.


Just quick update to say Erik Simula finished his "Arrowhead Journey". I met Erik just south of Grand Marais on May 3rd as he was setting up camp, he completed his 1000 mile journey on August 7th, 2009.

Read his great daily journal entries from his trip on his web site at: http://arrowheadjourney.wordpress.com/

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