SteveSteve Nelson, owner and guide of Spirit of the Wilderness, started canoeing the Boundary Waters when he was in Boy Scouts. He has a passion for traveling and introducing others to the BWCA. Steve started out as a high school science teacher in Mankato, MN. After budget cuts left Steve out in the cold, he moved on to sales and marketing in the animal health field. As a self proclaimed “Corporate Dropout” Steve and Kathy decided to purchase Spirit of the Wilderness, formerly Hill’s Wilderness Trips in 1999.