Paddle to the Amazon: The Ultimate 12,000-Mile Canoe Adventure

by Don Starkell | Outdoors & Nature |
ISBN: 077108241x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 9/7/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 07, 2006
In 1980, the author and his two teenage sons embarked on a canoe trip from Winnipeg to Belem, Brazil, where the Amazon meets the Atlantic. One son, discouraged, returned to Canada from Mexico, but Starkell and his other son went on, completing the trip in two years. Traveling 12,000 miles on rivers and open seas in their 21-foot canoe, they encountered every conceivable obstacle--wild animals, hostile natives, near-starvation, terrifying ocean weather, arrest, robbery, illness and despair. They also met many sympathetic people who encouraged them and helped them survive. Starkell's story, in diary form, focuses on contrasts between wilderness and civilization, poverty and luxury, suspicion and trust, depression and elation. It is a curious account of the world observed by two people with minimal supplies depending on their wits and the good will of strangers as they brave the forces of nature and the vagaries of people in unfamiliar countries.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
This is the story of a father and son who travel over 12,000 miles by canoe. They leave from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Progressing down the Red River and on eventually to the Mississippi river down to New Orleans, along the entire Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean to Trinidad, up the Orinoco River and finally down the Amazon to Belem. The story is told in diary style by the father.

What an adventure!! From animals, to wild coastal waters, to foreign police, it was a roller-coaster ride. It was interesting to note that the people in the most abject poverty were the most generous. It was also curious how the Starells dealt with the police of Central and South America.

Don Starkell, the father, put his son in danger many times in order to complete their accomplishment. As a parent I do not understand this. The dangers were many and I think they were very lucky to come out of this alive. What also was a crying shame is that not one single person was at the end to greet them. There must be more to this story!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, September 13, 2009
mailed today to RootMartin who took this as a trade for the book offered in the PanAsian swap

Journal Entry 4 by rootmartin from Wellesley, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thanks, Ace of Hearts! Looks very interesting.

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