MN Reads: “Hudson Bay Bound” by Natalie Warren
The paperback version of Natalie Warren’s Hudson Bay Bound is just over 200 pages long. The journey within those pages clocks in at over two thousand miles.
The story recounts the three-month quest for Natalie Warren and her paddling partner Ann Raiho as they make their way from the Twin Cities to Hudson Bay via Canoe. Warren (originally from Miami, FL) wound up in Minnesota for college. Two days after graduating, she and Raiho started paddling.
Although there is plenty of peril and more than a few harrowing battles with the elements, the book goes beyond focusing on the adventure aspect of such a journey and takes its moments to address the finer details of the people, the land, and the emotions. "The relationship, the environmental issues, all these things we learned about ourselves along the way kind of took the spotlight for me especially as I reflect back on it," says Warren. "The really beautiful part about this trip is that I'm still learning from it."
The book is available online and through most booksellers. "I highly recommend going to your local bookstore to support them," says Warren.
Minnesota Reads is produced at The North 103.3 with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.