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10/09/2020 03:27PM  
 
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Northwoodsman
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10/09/2020 04:38PM  
Wow! What an amazing feat. Great job! Great article also!
 
MagicPaddler
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10/09/2020 05:41PM  
It took me several days to recover from the challenge. When she finished, she went back and did the hard part over. Then just looked like she had been for a walk in the park.

Thanks for the write-up.
 
Mocha
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10/09/2020 05:44PM  
She is just amazing! Great article.
 
GopherAdventure
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10/09/2020 05:46PM  
Kendra: “will you hand me my paddle please?”
Me: “Sure, which one is it?”
Kendra: “It’s the one that says bad motherf***er on it.”
 
10/09/2020 06:22PM  
GopherAdventure: "Kendra: “will you hand me my paddle please?”
Me: “Sure, which one is it?”
Kendra: “It’s the one that says bad motherf***er on it.”
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Yeah--what GopherAdventure said...

TZ
 
BearBurrito
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10/09/2020 06:33PM  
Great write up. Absolutely amazing story! Thanks for posting it.
 
Savage Voyageur
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10/09/2020 06:36PM  
Outstanding adventure, way to go.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/09/2020 10:01PM  
Inspirational awesomeness!
 
smoke11
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10/10/2020 06:59AM  
Awesome accomplishments!
 
jillpine
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10/10/2020 07:01AM  
"She only had the final nine-mile portage left to go!"
Determination, smarts and a smile throughout.
One of the best stories this year.
 
missmolly
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10/10/2020 07:21AM  
Eons ago, when mastodons still walked the world, a deep, disembodied voice said to the great, advancing glacier,"If you build it, she will come and paddle and portage it."

So, the glaciers dug deep and filled high and faded away, and sure enough, she came and she paddled and she portaged and she paddled.

And all is good.
 
10/10/2020 09:31AM  
Some dream it, Kendra does it.
 
10/10/2020 09:59AM  
fadersup: "Some dream it, Kendra does it."

Yes to your statement
 
dogwoodgirl
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10/10/2020 11:15AM  
Dang, I feel like a lightweight now! Very inspiring.....just DO it!
 
straighthairedcurly
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10/10/2020 03:13PM  
Awesome, just awesome!
 
10/10/2020 04:03PM  
Yeaaaaah Kendra!
 
jillpine
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10/10/2020 05:36PM  
missmolly: "Eons ago, when mastodons still walked the world, a deep, disembodied voice said to the great, advancing glacier,"If you build it, she will come and paddle and portage it."


So, the glaciers dug deep and filled high and faded away, and sure enough, she came and she paddled and she portaged and she paddled.


And all is good. "

Can't find the heart emoji :) so here's this:
<3
 
Grandma L
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10/10/2020 07:21PM  
Wow, they actually put the article in the paper! Kendra was reluctant to let me write about her adventure, let alone put it in the paper. She is a pretty humble gal!
I am so proud of her!
 
Grandma L
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10/10/2020 07:48PM  
MagicPaddler: "It took me several days to recover from the challenge. When she finished, she went back and did the hard part over. Then just looked like she had been for a walk in the park.
Thanks for the write-up.
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Thanks Magic - you know first hand how difficult that trek is. You started a day late, caught and passed the pack to finish in style!
FYI - they are already signing up for next year's Challenge. Hope to see you there!
 
10/10/2020 08:33PM  
Very inspiring. That some hardcore endurance.
 
pswith5
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10/11/2020 07:21AM  
Kendra. One of my newest heroes.
 
missmolly
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10/11/2020 08:38AM  
Grandma L: "MagicPaddler: "It took me several days to recover from the challenge. When she finished, she went back and did the hard part over. Then just looked like she had been for a walk in the park.
Thanks for the write-up.
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Thanks Magic - you know first hand how difficult that trek is. You started a day late, caught and passed the pack to finish in style!
FYI - they are already signing up for next year's Challenge. Hope to see you there!"


Congrats on getting published...again...GL! Tell Kendra that telling her story is invaluable in ways she'll never know, so a young girl might read about Kendra and in response, take the road not taken.
 
missmolly
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10/11/2020 08:41AM  
jillpine: "missmolly: "Eons ago, when mastodons still walked the world, a deep, disembodied voice said to the great, advancing glacier,"If you build it, she will come and paddle and portage it."



So, the glaciers dug deep and filled high and faded away, and sure enough, she came and she paddled and she portaged and she paddled.



And all is good. "

Can't find the heart emoji :) so here's this:
<3"


I feel I sometimes write mostly for myself, to merely amuse myself, but I'm happy when someone else cracks a smile too.
 
10/11/2020 05:24PM  
It might inspire young girls, and it does inspire and amaze us old men too.
 
Basspro69
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10/12/2020 12:38AM  
Wow what an amazing story !!!
 
Jackfish
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10/12/2020 08:02AM  
Kudos and my highest respect to Kendra. More intestinal fortitude than any ten people combined. Simply amazing and what a great example of confidence and strength that she's setting for her daughters.
 
10/12/2020 09:21AM  
Grandma L: "Wow, they actually put the article in the paper! Kendra was reluctant to let me write about her adventure, let alone put it in the paper. She is a pretty humble gal!
I am so proud of her!"


We all have to thank you for writing the story. Thanks for sharing.
 
GoWhenYouCan
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10/12/2020 12:56PM  
What a great story.
Congrats on your accomplishment Kendra.
Thank you Grandma L for writing it.
 
10/12/2020 01:32PM  
Quote from the article- "She set her goal and she did it..." Yes she did!
 
10/12/2020 01:45PM  
After 2 weeks of adventuring, Kendra definitely felt right at home in the "sticks". By the time she reached the Grand Portage trailhead the second time around (this time with the rest of the team), this was becoming a problem.

 
missmolly
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10/12/2020 04:26PM  
BeaV: "After 2 weeks of adventuring, Kendra definitely felt right at home in the "sticks". By the time she reached the Grand Portage trailhead the second time around (this time with the rest of the team), this was becoming a problem.


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So, that's what livin' in the sticks means.
 
10/12/2020 04:39PM  
Way to Go Kendra! You Rock! You are Quite the inspiration to all Women! So, what's Next? What ever you have in mind, I am sure you will accomplish your goals!
 
JimmyJustice
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10/12/2020 05:20PM  
Trix: "Way to Go Kendra! You Rock! You are Quite the inspiration to all Women! So, what's Next? What ever you have in mind, I am sure you will accomplish your goals!"

Trix, your personal CHALLENGE quote is apropos in this instance. A job well done by the girl from Delano...
 
LaughingWarrior
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10/13/2020 07:25AM  
That's a level of strength and grit that few poses. Congrats on completing another epic adventure and thank you Grandma L for sharing this wonderful Story!

Much Aloha
 
LaughingWarrior
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10/13/2020 07:27AM  
Ohhh one more thing... you'd think that most people would be sick of a canoe at this point... but NOT Kendra... Here's a photo of here stealing away another chance to hop back in one after greeting other challengers at the finish line!

 
10/13/2020 08:06AM  
Thanks for all the post trip Cheers!!!
It was an adventure I won’t forget. I didn’t have much time to prepare for this trip. Things started to fall into place about two weeks before I headed to the start, so I went. This is how my schedule is most of the time.

I’m just a regular person like most of you, not a hero or a wonder woman, just a mom with a job and life responsibilities who had a ‘I wonder if I could do that’ moment and went for it!
 
hobbydog
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10/13/2020 09:39AM  
Kendra:
I’m just a regular person like most of you, not a hero or a wonder woman, just a mom with a job and life responsibilities who had a ‘I wonder if I could do that’ moment and went for it!
"


All that may be true but not everyone who dreams big acts on those dreams nor accomplishes them. That puts you in a special category. Well done!
 
missmolly
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10/13/2020 05:07PM  
Yes, we can go over the top in admiring BeaV and Kendra. I only met them once, on a portage trail that went up and up and up. BeaV could see I was tired, so he dashed back to the beginning of the portage trail, climbed a mighty red pine there, and hauled the portage trail up behind him, so the portage trail now went down, down, down. I was so giddy with gratitude that I ran with my canoe to the portage trail's end, but picked up too much speed on the way and I tumbled at the water's edge, with my canoe landing in the water and drifting away. Luckily, Kendra was there and she walked on water to retrieve it. So, see, they're just two, friendly, fellow paddlers.
 
Grandma L
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10/13/2020 07:14PM  
Miss Molly,
Love your short "stories". You are right! They are just 2 friendly paddlers, that happen to do dynamic things!
 
missmolly
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10/13/2020 07:25PM  
Grandma L: "Miss Molly,
Love your short "stories". You are right! They are just 2 friendly paddlers, that happen to do dynamic things!
"


Given the rate at which I crank out whoppers, I should be a Burger King! ;-)
 
10/13/2020 08:22PM  
LaughingWarrior: "Ohhh one more thing... you'd think that most people would be sick of a canoe at this point... but NOT Kendra... Here's a photo of here stealing away another chance to hop back in one after greeting other challengers at the finish line!


"


I don't know, I could see putting a sleeping pad in there and having a comfy snooze for the ride home :)
 
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10/14/2020 12:35AM  
Geez Kendra, that's quite an accomplishment. Where were you when I was trying to hire Firefighters? Its hard to find people that don't know how to quite!!
 
10/16/2020 01:59PM  
Trix: "Way to Go Kendra! You Rock! You are Quite the inspiration to all Women! So, what's Next? What ever you have in mind, I am sure you will accomplish your goals!"

Trix, Getting through my daughters wedding in a week is next. I won't be as tough that day, I know I'll cry. I didn't on the trip.

As far as inspiring people, I hope I do! It was people from this very forum who inspired me, supported me and believed I could do it! Thanks Friends!

Also a thank you to Grandma L for letting me use her Spot.
And thanks Team BeaV (BeaV, Deke, Meatpuppet, Whitewolf, and McPipes) for actually stopping to pick me up on the island at Birch narrows for round two. I don't know for sure, but there could have been a discussion prior to my pick up that went something like this, "I don't know guy's, she's a chatty one and she hasn't talked to anyone in more than a week?" Hahahaha! I was happy to be back with my team! Then JimmyJustice (another team member with a bum knee this year) showed up at Fort Charlette with some "toasting juice" and walked the Grand Portage with the team. A great way to end it all was greeting the other paddlers who also finished the Border Route Challenge!
 
10/20/2020 03:42PM  
Congratulations; amazing accomplishment.
 
10/21/2020 09:36AM  
MHS67: "Geez Kendra, that's quite an accomplishment. Where were you when I was trying to hire Firefighters? Its hard to find people that don't know how to quite!! "

I would like to be on a firefighting crew with Kendra, but not in front of her on the line. She would be telling me to move faster and take another swing with my tool. I'd rather be behind her on the line, probably would not be much to clean up after she came through.

Good job Kendra.
 
afromaniac
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10/21/2020 01:33PM  
Wait a second

I called the Grand Portage State Park staff and they told me that the portage does not lead to the BWCA - are people actually able to do this portage?
 
10/21/2020 02:02PM  
Technically, you leave the bwca at North Fowl and then head on down to the Pigeon via South Fowl. At that point I'm guessing you are in SNF until you hit Fort Charlotte and the Grand Portage Reservation which the portage runs through. I'm reading that off a couple of maps but I stand open to correction.

It shouldn't be a problem if the above is correct---you're not heading back into the BWCA after you leave it, for example. You are just continuing onward.
 
10/21/2020 02:21PM  
HighnDry: "Technically, you leave the bwca at North Fowl and then head on down to the Pigeon via South Fowl. At that point I'm guessing you are in SNF until you hit Fort Charlotte and the Grand Portage Reservation which the portage runs through. I'm reading that off a couple of maps but I stand open to correction.


It shouldn't be a problem if the above is correct---you're not heading back into the BWCA after you leave it, for example. You are just continuing onward."


Yes you leave the BWCA and don't reenter.
 
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10/21/2020 02:26PM  
Kendra: "HighnDry: "Technically, you leave the bwca at North Fowl and then head on down to the Pigeon via South Fowl. At that point I'm guessing you are in SNF until you hit Fort Charlotte and the Grand Portage Reservation which the portage runs through. I'm reading that off a couple of maps but I stand open to correction.



It shouldn't be a problem if the above is correct---you're not heading back into the BWCA after you leave it, for example. You are just continuing onward."



Yes you leave the BWCA and don't reenter. "


Very cool. Looks like quite the beast but my travel buddy and I are looking to check this box. Of course you have checked a hell of a bigger box than us :)
 
Grandma L
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10/27/2020 11:32AM  
Kruger-Waddell Route - Approximately 250 miles, including 40 portages (20 miles)
Folks are already signing up for next falls. Dates are set - starting Saturday, August 28, 2021 with a paddler's meeting on Friday, August 27 in Ely. check it out at WaterTribe.com


 
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