This is going to be a good one! Friday after a day of paddling be sure to stop by the headquarters, grab a refreshment and be prepared to be inspired by a couple of ladies who had a dream and acted on it!
“Lake Michigan in a Dugout: The Documentary” is a film following the story of two women chasing their ridiculous dream: to journey around Lake Michigan aboard their handmade dugout sailing canoe, an adventure that would ultimately take them over 1200 miles in 93 days. Told in part through the friendly banter between the two and the friends they made along the way, the documentary explores the search for everyday adventure and the power of our imaginations to push dreams into reality.
Amy Lukas graduated from Valparaiso University in 2011 with a BS in Biology, minors in Chemistry and Humanities. Mary Catterlin graduated from Indiana University in 2011 with a BA in Fine Art, minoring in Art History. The summer of 2012 found them doing other things… When Mary started hand carving a cottonwood tree into a dugout canoe, Amy knew they were in for an adventure. Spurred by their love of Lake Michigan and a desire for a challenge, they dreamed big. Both Amy and Mary were relatively (okay, completely) new to long distance expeditions when they set off on their 1200 mile journey around Lake Michigan aboard their handmade dugout sailing canoe in the summer of 2012.
Amy and Mary are also completely new to the realm of book & film, but they thoroughly enjoyed the process of telling a story they love. Their 93 day adventure has recently taken the form of a published illustrated journal and a full length documentary detailing the ins and outs of their dream coming to life. They hope to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter how big, small, or ridiculous.
When asked what is currently taking up their time as 27 year olds, frequent answers include speaking, writing, creating, and adventuring on the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan. Side jobs include non profit work, graphic design work, surf instructing, traveling, and ice cream scooping. They have also decided on their next adventure; to finish what they started by circling the remaining four Great Lakes in one nonstop multi-modal journey. This time, the answer to your question is, yes, they will be taking Makeba, the dugout sailing canoe, for a small portion of the trip. A very small portion. This journey will take them over thousands of miles of freshwater shoreline through seasons as they travel by dugout, kayak, SUP, bike, snowshoe, ski, and sail. Needless to say, they have a lot of planning to do.