Kate managing a tipped sled as the dogs begin to raise the level of adventure by cutting the corner on a patch of Alders.
Kate after a day filled with adventure, warming up on the couch with Phoenix and chatting with friends.
I met Kate roughly four years ago at a wilderness training weekend for educators. We hit it off right from the start and almost immediately began planning how we could work together for a women's dog mushing adventure that I was dreaming. I attended a Navigation Workshop she was teaching for the Three Rivers Park District in Hennepin County, MN and she later came to teach at my very first Points Unknown Women's Winter Adventure which was held in the winter of 2005-2006 and I taught her a bit about dog mushing. She had been a big part of the program since that first winter and had became a wonderful friend.
Kate was the kind of person that touched the heart and soul of everyone she met with her infectious passion for life and her love of the outdoors. Kate died unexpectedly this spring. She was an amazing teacher, a kind soul, a dear friend and a patient mentor and will be deeply missed.
I was fortunate enough to recently receive a CD filled with photos that Kate had taken during our PUWWA2008 at Gunflint Lodge Adventure last March. What a treasure. Below are some of those photos that bring back fond memories of dogs, winter, fun and friends.
This adventure on the lake involved a photographer and Kate, speeding out ahead of the dog teams on a snowmo to snap shots as we ran by.
Karen resting her team as we are greeted with hot chocolate by the resident of the wall tent pitched on Camper's Island.
The PUWWA2008 Gunflint Lodge Adventure group.