My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)

Three months after a family vacation in Costa Rica ends in tragedy when two fellow rafters die on the flooded Rio Reventazón, John Lane sets out with friends from his own backyard in upcountry South Carolina to calm his nerves and to paddle to the sea.

Like Huck Finn, Lane sees a river journey as a portal to change, but unlike Twain’s character, Lane isn’t escaping. He’s getting intimate with the river that flows right past his home in the Spartanburg suburbs. Lane’s three-­hundred-mile float trip takes him down the Broad River and into Lake Marion before continuing down the Santee River. Along the way Lane recounts local history and spars with streamside literary presences such as Mind of the South author W. J. Cash; Henry Savage, author of the Rivers of America Series volume on the Santee; novelist and Pulitzer Prize–winner Julia Peterkin; early explorer John Lawson; and poet and outdoor writer Archibald Rutledge. Lane ponders the sites of old cotton mills; abandoned locks, canals, and bridges; ghost towns fallen into decay a century before; Indian mounds; American Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites; nuclear power plants; and boat landings. Along the way he encounters a cast of characters Twain himself would envy—perplexed fishermen, catfish clean­ers, river rats, and a trio of drug-addled drifters on a lonely boat dock a day’s paddle from the sea.

By the time Lane and his companions finally approach the ocean about forty miles north of Charleston they have to fight the tide and set a furious pace. Through it all, paddle stroke by paddle stroke, Lane is reminded why life and rivers have always been wedded together.

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Paddle to the Sea (The Criterion Collection)

Paddle to the Sea (The Criterion Collection)

Based on Holling C. Holling s beloved Caldecott-awarded children s book, William Mason s stunning film follows the adventures of a tiny, wood-carved canoe as it forges its own path from Lake Superior through the Great Lakes and down to the Atlantic Ocean. Buoyed by beautiful photography and a sense of true wonder about the sun, Earth, and water, the Academy Award nominated Paddle to the Sea is an unforgettable tribute to the forces of the natural world, as well as a thrilling journey across the waves and rapids of North America.

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One Woman's River: A Solo Source-to-Sea Paddle on the Mighty Mississippi

One Woman's River: A Solo Source-to-Sea Paddle on the Mighty Mississippi

Pack your paints and your paddle; we’re going on a 2,552-mile creative adventure from source to sea on the mighty Mississippi River in a 14-1/2 foot kayak named Inspiration… alone. In 2014 artist paddler and educator Ellen Kolbo McDonah left the security of her home and family to find creative power along the banks of the Mississippi River and during the spring flood celebrated her sixtieth birthday in the headwater marshes. Experience towering cityscapes, reflective Mississippi beaches, pristine wilderness and people met through Ellen’s richly illustrated book with glossary, including 42 color paintings and 69 pen and ink/pencil drawings completed from and during her journey. From Lake Itasca, Minnesota, through the Gulf of Mexico, river friends were gifted with artwork created in return for kindness and assistance, but who was the true benefactor? Feel your pulse pound and your knees buckle as you race toward tows and barges in the river channel against the pull of current and dodge ocean-going vessels in the shipyard before New Orleans. Learn the rare story of determination and hope from the cockpit and perspective of a kayaking artist’s 107-day passage that only the Mississippi River can teach, as what first began as a creative quest soon became the discovery of a lifetime.

 

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Sea Kayak Rescue: The Definitive Guide To Modern Reentry And Recovery Techniques (How to Paddle Series)

Sea Kayak Rescue: The Definitive Guide To Modern Reentry And Recovery Techniques (How to Paddle Series)

This book is a comprehensive course in all the techniques of sea kayak rescue for beginning, intermediate, and advanced paddlers. Step-by-step photos illustrate the many ways to right a swamped or capsized boat and safely reenter the kayak. Covering both self-rescues and assisted-rescues, this manual provides additional information on towing disabled boats and rescuing swimmers.

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Paddle to the Arctic: The Incredible Story of a Kayak Quest Across the Roof of the World

Paddle to the Arctic: The Incredible Story of a Kayak Quest Across the Roof of the World

After his astounding 12,000-mile canoe trip from Winnipeg down to the Amazon (recounted in his bestseller Paddle to the Amazon on page 48), Don Starkell decided to paddle a kayak from Hudson Bay 3,000 miles through the Northwest Passage. This is Don's diary of this journey from Churchill, Manitoba, to Tuktoyaktuk, close to Alaska, a voyage by kayak (paddled on water or dragged on a sled over the ice) that took him three Arctic summers and almost cost him his life. Through this compelling book we find ourselves sharing his blazing, driving determination to reach his goal, as he closes in on his destination, with his supplies running out and his ocean highway freezing over, making death a near certainty. Armchair travel at its best.

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