||Mary Jean Blaisdell, 61, lives in Independence, Iowa. She is a retired elementary principal who loves wilderness paddling and camping. She had limited experience with the sport growing up, but once older and on her own again, she discovered it was a passion. She had heard of wilderness places like the Boundary Waters and dreamed of going. Early on, she attended a Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop to learn some basic skills and then tried camping on her own. She went on a small guided group trip to the Apostle Islands in her sea kayak and learned new skills. From there, she went on to do BWCA trips and also local river paddling outings with others. Once exposed to the BWCA, she set out to do short, successful solo trips. She has taken over 15 trips (3 of those solos) to the BWCA/Quetico areas, participated in three Wabakimi Project (Canada) trips, and recently completed her longest solo yet of 6 nights in the BWCA.
Have you been thinking of taking a wilderness trip alone or with others and haven't done so yet? In this presentation, Mary Jean Blaisdell will take you on her personal journey of completing a 6 night solo in the Boundary Waters by taking one step at a time and planning for success. By setting small goals to achieve each trip, and identifying and resolving apprehensions along the way, she upped her game a little at a time.