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Hudson Bay
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Natalie and Ann Natalie and Ann met through YMCA Camp Menogyn in 2007. They went on the same seven week trip on the Kazan and Kunwak Inuit heritage rivers of Nunavut, Canada, ending in Baker Lake. After this monumental trip, both Natalie and Ann attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Natalie Natalie grew up in Miami, Florida where she attended the New World School of the Arts for saxophone performance. In 2005, she flew to Minneapolis and headed north to Menogyn. After a two week canoeing trip in the BWCA, Natalie fell in love with the wilderness and later decided to pursue an Environmental Studies degree at St. Olaf. In the fall of 2010, Natalie participated in a Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) program in Minneapolis where she delved further into the world of environmental sustainability. She spends her free time playing the saxophone, dressing up as a bear, and working on organic farms. After a year of public speaking about Hudson Bay Bound, Natalie started Wild River Academy to provide river trips for teenagers. Natalie is currently living in Minneapolis, MN where her business is based. She still gives presentations on the Hudson Bay Bound expedition.

Ann Ann grew up in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota where she attended Convent of the Visitation High School. For most of her life, Ann's family brought her adventuring in the north woods to their cabin at the end of the Gunflint Trail. In 2008, Ann worked as a cook for Camp Menogyn and in 2009 and 2010 she worked as a trail guide. At St. Olaf she majored in mathematics with a concentration in environmental studies. Ann is interested in going to graduate school for population ecology in the distant future. Ann currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado where she is getting her Masters Degree in Ecology from Colorado State University. Myhan, the dog the girls acquired on their trip, lives with Ann and frequently video chats with Natalie.