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We received the following letters from Eric Sevareid's son Peter and Walter Port's son Michael:
Dear Mr. Miller and Mr. Foster,
My cousin, Janet Sevareid Olson, informed me of your planned trip for 2005 to recreate the canoe trip taken by my father and Walter Port in 1930. It would be the 75th anniversary of the adventure written about my father in his book Canoeing with the Cree. I have seen your excellent web site.
I am delighted to learn of your proposed plans and you have my full encouragement. I know that my father, if he was alive, would be most excited about what you intend to do.
I wish you both the very best.
Temple University School of Law
How we got to know Peter Sevareid
Scott met a man named Bill Eggert while buying a copy of "Canoeing with the Cree" at a local bookstore. Bill was enthusiastic about the expedition and mentioned that his Mother lived in Danbury, WI and was good friends with Eric Sevareid's niece Jan Sevareid Olson. Scott and Todd contacted and met with both Jan and Bill's Mom Darlene. They were amazingly friendly, talked Scott and Todd's ear off, and Jan said she would contact Peter (who lives on the East Coast). About two weeks later we got a letter from Peter in the mail.
Mr. Scott Miller
"We got to see the country in a way few people ever do, to know
it intimately, to get the feel of it. Paddling, portaging, cooking, moving
on gave us something real to try our strength and ingenuity on."
Keep On Paddling,
Michael D. Port
How We Got to Know Michael Port:
Soon after we had the idea for to re-create Sevareid and Port's trip for the 75th anniversary, we did some research to track down descendents of Sevareid and Port. Todd spent a few hours on the Internet and ascertained that one Michael Port of Minneapolis, MN was more than likely one of Walter Port's sons. Soon after that Scott went and met for a few hours with Mr. Port at his office. Michael Port is a very generous, kind man who was more than willing to discuss his Father and his Father's trip. He also gave us many ideas about who to contact to get support for our expedition. Not many years ago, he and his wife Martha decided to devote their lives to their own particular adventure-assisting families in the 3rd world by supplying them with a solar cooking stove that greatly reduces the back-breaking labor of keeping cooking fires going for hours and hours everyday. To that end he co-founded the Solar Oven Society based out of Minneapolis. He serves as the Executive Director.
You can read more about the Solar Oven Society at www.solarovens.org.
We are very thankful for the support of the Mr. and Mrs. Port and their family.