A few days ago, Kathy Mumford (pictured here) became the first woman to finish the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile canoe route through New York, Vermont, Canada and Maine. Along the route, she passed through 22 rivers and streams, 56 miles of lakes and ponds, 45 communities, three national wildlife refuges and more than 55 miles of portages in 62 carries.
“My kids were grown and gone, I’d been laid off from a job that I loved and was sending out resumes but getting no response,” Mumford said. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’m going camping.’”
The trip took 58 days, and because of the size of her boat, a 35 pound kayak not rated for anything above Class 2 rapids, and a promise to her mother, Mumford portaged around the big rapids. She also kept a journal everynight (“really just one long run-on sentence”) that I can imagine will be a book soon enough. Rightfully so.
Nice job, Kathy Mumford. That’s pretty studly. Full story at the Bangor Daily News.