About the Book:
The story of two 18 year-old boys who graduated early from high school to embark on a wilderness journey from their backyards is an inspiration to those who fear adventure is lost in the 21st Century. Captivating the heart and soul of the Midwest, Colton Witte and Sean Bloomfield paddled their canoe 2,200 miles from Chaska, Minnesota to the permafrost shores of Hudson Bay. Raging rapids, ocean-size waves, and an unforgiving Canadian wilderness stood in the way of their quest to reach the North Atlantic Ocean.
Their route began in downtown Chaska on the Minnesota River. The first three hundred fifty miles were spent paddling up the flooding Minnesota River to the South Dakota border. After Big Stone Lake and Lake Traverse, the pair met up with the Red River, traveling down its entirety into Lake Winnipeg. The eleventh largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Winnipeg runs over two hundred fifty miles from the south to north end, at which point began a five hundred mile wilderness jump down the Hayes River to Hudson Bay at York Factory, Manitoba.
About the Authors:
Sean Bloomfield (Author): Sean teaches 8th grade social studies and coaches high school hockey and lacrosse in Chaska, MN. After canoeing to Hudson Bay, he attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. In the summer of 2011, he and three college friends lived off the land in the Absaroka-Beartooth Region of Montana for one month. Sean currently lives in Chaska with his wife and children.
Colton Witte (Creative Editor): Colton studied international relations, institutional philosophy, and business at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He continues to backpack, canoe, fish, and hunt with friends and family, and enjoys exploring music and culture with his girlfriend. In his free time, he plays guitar and sings, performing professionally in weddings and at social events. Currently, Colton resides in Minneapolis.