In addition to being a somewhat bizarro event that traverses 25 miles in search of a (possibly mythical) lake creature, the In Search of Memphre event is aimed at increasing peaceful and fun relations between the U.S. and Canada, which share a border that slices across Lake Memphremagog about five miles north of Newport, Vermont.
Crossing international borders (via lake in the middle of the night, no less) can be a bit of a dicey proposition, but thankfully, we've had a ton of support from the local customs and passport offices in the area on both the Canadian and American sides of the border. Seems like the nice folks who enforce the rules about the borders think our little adventure is interesting, and lucky for us they want to help. (Even if they might secretly think we're nuts. 'Cause let's be honest, we sort of are.)
In any event, this video about our "Bizarre Border" with Canada surfaced today among the organizing and volunteer group working on the Search, and it's just too interesting not to repost. Who knew there was so much to this border?
All Swimmer Scouts are henceforth encouraged to find the border line in the lake. Could be tough in the pitch-dark of night, but then, it'll just help hone your eyes to look for the creature.