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Couple ventures off into the Boundary Waters for one year of exploring

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With a sendoff Friday, Dave and Amy Freeman get one last hurrah before setting off to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for a year-long expedition.

The couple's claim to fame is holding the title of 2014 National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.

The Freemans have logged more than 11,600 miles through paddling, dogsledding and hiking across the continent, according to National Geographic.

Their itinerary calls for the couple to officially start their journey on the fall equinox, which is Sept. 23. They will visit 120 different sites and roam around 3,000 miles. They'll paddle as long as they can, then dog sled during the winter.

They plan to collect data and share their stories with "brave decision-makers, journalists, photographers, videographers, artists, and storytellers who choose to join us—not to mention 100,000 school children and their teachers who will participate in the educational aspects of the adventure online," Amy writes on the Wish Pond profile.

The Pioneer Press reports the Grand Marais couple also wants to raise awareness about copper mining in northern Minnesota – something they do not support.

The Freemans paddled earlier this year by canoe earlier this year from Ely to Washington, D.C., where they talked with lawmakers about the state's wilderness.

The send-off celebration is slated to go from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Patagonia, 1648 Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

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