Friday, May 27, 2011

Hudson Bay Bound Launch Party

Hello friends! With graduation and our launch from Fort Snelling just around the corner, it is definitely time to celebrate! So...

You and your family are invited to the Hudson Bay Bound Launch Party! This is a chance to get together and thank everyone for their support for our upcoming trip. Also, we want to party before we hit the river on June 2nd. There will be live music from 7-11 and a pig roast dinner from 6:30 - 8:30. It costs no money to attend.

When: Monday, May 30th 6:30 - 11
Where: The St.Paul Pool and Yacht Club

I really hope you can make it. Here is our website and facebook invite for more information!

Enjoy the day,
Natalie and Ann

In between games at D3 Ultimate Frisbee Nationals in NY last weekend! Um Ya Ya.
P.S. Sierra Designs just gave us a tent! It is a Sierra Designs Meteor Light...thank you Eric Larsen for all of your support. =)

Friday, May 20, 2011

On the Mississippi with WI and UWCA

This last Tuesday (May 17th) Natalie and I went canoeing on the Mississippi with a bunch of really great people from WI and beyond. WI runs a program on the Mississippi that brings Minneapolis middle schoolers out on the river for an afternoon in 24 foot voyageur canoes made by the Northwest Canoe Company Inc.

Just north of Minneapolis on the Mississippi heading for the East River Flats

This was our first time going through a lock. It was awesome! We were placed in different canoes so we got to meet some really great people who are working in different ways to get more people outdoors. If you haven't paddled on the Mississippi yet, you should definitely try it.

When we arrived at the East River Flats, Ann Bancroft was there! Natalie and I were introduced by Erik Wrede of the DNR. She was so encouraging and positive and meeting her was a very memorable experience.

 We are SO EXCITED to depart on June 2nd, but before we leave we want YOU to come party with us. Our launch party is at the St.Paul Pool and Yacht Club on May 30th (Memorial Day) from 6:30 - 11pm. There will be live music and a delicious pig roast dinner! It is free to attend. Please bring your friends and family, it's going to be a great celebration!

We are currently in Buffalo, NY for D3 frisbee nationals. We have our first games tomorrow morning! Um Ya Ya. Then we fly back to Minneapolis Sunday, finish up finals, enjoy our last few days on campus before graduation, party on the 30th, and hit the river on the 2nd. It'll all happen in the blink of an eye!

For those of you who have donated, we are really thankful for your support. We have $3,200 now, which means at least $700 to put in the Menogyn scholarship fund. We will keep fundraising before, during, and after our trip, so please consider pitching in to help young women go on wilderness adventures!

Have a wonderful week, thanks for following our blog! We'll have about two more until the big adventure begins. 


Natalie and Ann

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Um ya ya

Hey everyone!

Andy, Alex and us after an afternoon of filming!
This week has been great for Hudson Bay Bound. We leave for the Bay in 23 days, wooo! Last week we got together with Andy from UpNorthica Blog to film a piece about our trip to be released in June. We had a great time getting to know Andy and Alex (videographer).

We've met so many people in the past few months and we really feel connected with the outdoor community here in Minnesota. We talked with Erik Wrede from the DNR recently and we are officially teaming up with the Parks and Trails division this summer! They are sponsoring us with a camera if we stop in State Parks along our route to take pictures and talk to park rangers about the area. We hope that this collaboration will inspire Minnesotans to get out and spend time in these beautiful and accessible areas, even if it is just for a day. Besides that, here is a list of our most recent media hits:


West Central Trib

Manitou Messenger

T-shirts will be here tonight! Huzzah! If you haven't already ordered one, please send us an email with your order at They are $10 and $1.50 for shipping. They are light blue with our logo in dark blue and "Hudson Bay Bound" underneath. Voted number one most stylish t-shirt for the summer... ;)

Ann and Mama Raiho at Pool and Yacht
Party plans are made! Mark off May 30th (Memorial Day) on your calendars! It is at the Yacht Club in St.Paul and there will be live music from Billy Braasch and the Bootleg Bandits, potentially Sober Peter, and potentially The Walker Brothers Band (I will play saxophone on a few of their songs!) along with other musical guests. The party will go from 6:30 until around 11:00. A pig roast buffet will be available from 6:30 until 8:30 followed by some deserts. Check out the facebook invitation. It is going to be a blast -- don't miss it!

We are only $100 away from our trip budget of $2,500 (we lowered it from $3,000 to 2,500 recently since we've acquired most of our gear!). If you haven't donated yet and you are still interested please go to the How to Help page on our website or send a check to:

Hudson Bay Bound
1500 St.Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057

We want to give Menogyn a significant amount of money for their scholarship fund before we leave on our trip. Please submit your donation as soon as possible or before May 31st! We hope to raise at least $4,000 for the scholarship fund before then and we would really appreciate your support. If you have already donated -- Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Last Saturday morning we volunteered at a 5K Walk for Hope in Burnsville, MN. Our sponsor Valley Natural Foods Coop put on this 5k event to benefit Hope for Tomorrow, a local non-profit mentoring program for young boys and girls. Hope for Tomorrow is really awesome check it out:

We had another gun safety session with Ann's neighbor Bob Hurst. We feel ready to safely use the shotgun in times of extreme necessity. Thanks Bob!

Lastly, We've decided to name the canoe Kawena Kinomaeta meaning no worries in Cree. Queeny, not weeny, for short.

We hope you are having a great week! Remember to send in your donations soon, RSVP to our party on May 30th, and let us know if you want a t-shirt!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Parent Exposé: They made us!

We thought it'd be a good idea to recognize our parents for who they are, how they feel and all that they've done...

The Raihos

Pamela Jean (Niewinski) Raiho grew up in East St. Paul. You can tell by her characteristic Minnesotan accent. Recently retired from 30 years to service to the US Federal Government, she enjoys gardening, going out to eat, the theater and traveling.


Ray Roy Raiho grew up in Duluth. His Nordic stature is accentuated by his refusal to wear shoes most of the year. Ray is retired from a long career starting with the US Coast Guard and ending with the US Post Office as an electronic technician. He enjoys fishing, MSNBC and the north woods.

The Raihos currently reside in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.  They are planning to sell their home and spend the summer months at their cabin (with the only blue roof in Cook County) on Lake Saganaga and travel in the winter.
From Ann:
My parents have always been very supportive of my wilderness endeavors. From driving me to Jackson Hole, WY for a winter NOLS course to comforting me after a rough trip in the BWCA, they have encouraged me to apply for outdoor jobs and pursue whatever it is that I like to do. I feel privileged to be their only child and am looking forward to seeing them more than usual this summer when they bring our first two food drops!

From The Parents:
How have Menogyn experiences effected Ann and Natalie?
Mama Raiho:
To name a few experiences that I know of for Ann;
1. her energy of compassion while leading a Menogyn group to Isle Royale,
2. her self discipline when canoeing and camping and being very hungry
3. maintaining a good attitude under adverse conditions when coming to the aid of other Menogyn campers in her group who had acquired foot rot, assuring that they were taken for medical care. 
Papa Raiho: The experiences have made them grow into mature young women.

What did you think when we first brought the idea up?

Mama Raiho:
We believe this canoe adventure will be a exciting endeavor for Ann and maybe she can find a full time job somewhere along the way.
Papa Raiho: Oh god no,  I hope this doesn't happen. I think it will be a long and tough trip and I know they are up to it.

What is your largest concern for this summer?

Mama Raiho:
Ann and Natalie going over dams in the canoe, crashing into rocks, being attacked by polar bear or regular bear, being stalked by a crazy person, surviving a tornado, getting sunburn,  getting sick, breaking something, arguing, losing the SAT phone, losing the canoe paddle, missing the float plane, missing the train, missing mom and dad.
Papa Raiho: Rough weather on Lake Winnipeg.  Navigating the Hayes with the waterfalls and rapids.  Hope it doesn't get too cold by the end of the trip.

What do you think will be the most exciting part about this trip?

Mama Raiho:
Paddling Lake Winnipeg and meeting the native people of Canada.
Papa Raiho: Meeting people and visiting new places.

Is there a short story that you would like to share about either of us?

Mama and Papa Raiho
: For Ann's 16th birthday she received a cedar strip canoe.  We brought it to the indoor pool at our community center (since it was December). She and her Menogyn friends paddled it around in circles. They had a great time.  Ann and that canoe have a lot of stories to tell.

The Warrens

Lisa Warren
Lisa was born and raised in Miami, FL, where she still lives with her above-average-looking, babe of a husband, Richard. She is a elementary school music teacher who loves to sing, garden, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Her ability to dress up like a clown and cook delicious banana bread compensates for her inability to pronounce peoples names and stay up past 10 pm.

Richard Warren
Richard was also born and raised in Miami, FL. A pro at the guitar, Richard has been a great musical inspiration to Natalie throughout the years. You can catch them rocking out together at morning church services when Natalie is home. He also enjoys brewing beer and playing tennis. A man of few words, everything he says is subtly witty and challenges the stereotype that old people can't be genuinely funny.

Natalie also has a 25 year-old sister, Leslie, and a 26 year-old brother, Timothy. Leslie is a financial adviser for J.P. Morgan (she loves mutual funds!) in Philadelphia and is getting married this July. Timothy has his own film company in Miami and currently attends graduate school at the University of Miami for film. They are both really great and supportive!

From Natalie:

Whether it was biking around the neighborhood as a child or supporting my trips to Menogyn, my parents have always given me the freedom to explore and make my own decisions. They are the greatest example of a loving couple -- they take time for themselves, their hobbies, and their children. Even though we don't get to see each other often, their support is like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day!

From the parents:

Q: How have Menogyn experiences effected Ann and Natalie?

Warrens: Menogyn experience. Natalie grew up in in Miami Florida so going to Menogyn exposed her to the culture and habitats of the midwest. She also developed strong ties with other girls who enjoy the outdoors and adventure.

Q: What did you think when we first brought the idea up?

Warrens: Another crazy idea of Natalie's. No you are not going!

Q: What is your largest concern for this summer?

Warrens: That you show up to your sister's wedding unscathed and on time. After all you are the maid of honor! Also your safety.

Q: What do you think will be the most exciting part about this trip?

Warrens: Enjoying the sights and sounds of the wilderness. Meeting people whose life style is unique or at least quite different.

Q: Don't you think we are the coolest children ever? ;)

Warrens: You are only cool because you are in MN.
I do appreciate the fact that you find pleasure in the simple things like nature and home-made bear costumes.