A Close Call and Calling it Quits in the Boundary Waters

Canoeing the Boundary Waters

One day before capsizing in the Boundary Waters.

My marriage was falling apart, but none of that mattered as we frantically collected floating items from the icy waters while swimming toward a rocky shoreline. We struggled to flip the canoe upright in an effort to get to our life preservers, which we had tied to the seat frames in the canoe. My husband screamed, "HELP!" at the top of his lungs. I could feel the chill setting in.

In August of 2010, my (now ex-)husband and I came up with a last ditch plan to perhaps breathe some life back into our dying marriage: vacation! A chance to get away from the stresses of life and reconnect. Romantic dinners on the beach. Beautiful scenery. As folks struggling with their marriage often do, we thought vacation might be just what we needed....

Did we book a relaxing, romantic trip to Hawaii? No. Did we reserve an all-inclusive vacation to an adults-only resort in the Caribbean? No. A cruise in the Mediterranean? Nope.