Distant Fires by Scott Anderson

By Scott Anderson

Starting on a entrance porch in Duluth, Minnesota, and finishing 3 months later in Hudson Bay, writer Scott Anderson took each canoeist's dream journey. choked with humor, mis-adventure, and final good fortune, far away Fires is a must-read for a person who has ever picked up a paddle. An American Library organization top ebook for teens

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The Swat. But even then they had the last laugh. I wonder how we would have looked that night from a distance, thrashing about at random intervals, repeatedly smashing our heads with gloved and bundled hands. When morning finally, mercifully, arrived, we fled that horrid island. Once free, we must have paddled a good half hour before daring to remove the headgear that protected us from the bloodthirsty horde. After another two hours we felt that it would be safe to stop for some breakfast.

We dried our gear, replenished our food supply from the cache that had been left for us and gave the canoe a fresh coat of Fiberglas to smooth the bottom we had worn so ragged. We also added an old worn guitar to our gear. The tent that we had left behind at Grand Portage was back with us, too. Saunas and swims completed the physical rejuvenation. When we finally left, a new set of maps guided us to the Soldier Portage that linked Namakan to its northern neighbor, Rainy Lake. Soldier Portage, a short carry, ended at a small stream feeding into Rainy Lake.

We also added an old worn guitar to our gear. The tent that we had left behind at Grand Portage was back with us, too. Saunas and swims completed the physical rejuvenation. When we finally left, a new set of maps guided us to the Soldier Portage that linked Namakan to its northern neighbor, Rainy Lake. Soldier Portage, a short carry, ended at a small stream feeding into Rainy Lake. Though passable in wetter years, the stream was so low that we were forced to portage almost its entire length so as not to scratch the newly refmished canoe.

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