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Kate Crowley and Mike Link passed through Two Harbors and Lighthouse Point last Thursday as they made their way down to Duluth and the end of an 1,800-mile walk around Lake Superior. Mike Creger1 / 2
On Saturday, the Willow River couple was swept along by a throng of well-wishers along Duluth's Lakewalk as they took the final steps in their five-month walk. Mike Creger2 / 2

Kate Crowley and Mike Link passed through Two Harbors and Lighthouse Point last Thursday as they made their way down to Duluth and the end of an 1,800-mile walk around Lake Superior.

On Saturday, the Willow River couple was swept along by a throng of well-wishers along Duluth's Lakewalk as they took the final steps in their five-month walk.

"This lake has taught us many things," said Link to a crowd of about 75 well-wishers, friends and family. "The first is that it's in charge."

The couple made their walk to celebrate Link's retirement from the Northwoods Audubon Center in Sandstone and to call attention to the importance of fresh water resources. Ceremonies at the lakeshore Saturday included a tobacco offering to the lake, remarks by Link and Crowley, and poem readings.

Link and Crowley began their final day at Brighton Beach, hiking six miles to downtown Duluth. They finished exactly where they began their hike on a blustery, gray April 29. The hikers said their walk reinforced their faith in humanity. "Four grumpy people in 1,550 miles," Link said.

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