Our guided Boundary Waters Wilderness trip with Peta Barrett was one in a million! Who knew when my parents bid on and won a guided Boundary Waters trip with our then-BOSS (owner of the talent agency my wife and I were both registered with) at a live-auction fundraiser it would be an experience quite like this one was.  From the start, Peta was clearly experienced, outfitted, wilderness-wise, and prepared.  It was clear we were in GOOD hands!  She handily made up for gear we didn’t have (which was most of it) and struck a perfect balance of suggesting routes and activities, even menu items (more on this later) while also leaving most decision making up to us as to what we really wanted the trip to look like.  Our trip included an evening to plan things out at her house with her, where we set our menu, looked at maps and chose a general route, talked dates and times and gear lists, etc.  The actual trip was a total blast! Peta pushed us where we needed to be pushed and just chilled when it was time to relax.  And the FOOD!  We ate like kings and queens and Peta’s cooking was truly something worth raving about. This was no camp food folks, even though it was tight packed, vacuum sealed and made over a fire. Once we found a base campsite, which we decided on instead of moving around everyday, she suggested a few things and otherwise let us choose what we wanted to do.  We made memories on that trip We’ll carry the rest of our lives, surely.  To this day, I am quick to say that if I get to take one person with me with which to survive in the wilderness, it would be Peta Barrett!  Granted there would most likely be a colony of us all showing up together in said wilderness with Peta, since anyone who knows her would be a fool to choose otherwise.

(Nathan’s parents Randy & Gayle Cousins were on the trip, too!)