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Book Title: Distant Fires|
The author of the book: Scott D. Anderson
Edition: Min Pfeifer-Hamilton Pub
Date of issue: November 30th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780938586333
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 557 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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Distant Fires is a fast read, but an enjoyable one. Scott Anderson and his friend Steve Baker spend several months during the summer of 1987 in a canoe, following the path of two of their explorer heroes - Walter Port and Eric Sevareid, who wrote Canoeing with the Cree. The latter two men made a voyage from Lake Superior up through Canada to Hudson bay in 1930 (I'm reading that book now and am really enjoying it!). Anderson and his friend did their best to exactly duplicate this trip, down to details like carrying their canoe from their front door in Duluth Minnesota to the lake several miles away.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the upbeat writing style. Even recounting miserable nights spent in sleeping bags in frigid rain, Anderson adds a little humor and understatement to the story. A similar book I read recently got bogged down in the difficult parts, which changed the whole mood of the book. I liked that they were broke college kids and didn't have the best and latest in wilderness gear or food. I enjoyed the way they interacted with American, Canadian and Native locals along the way. I wish I'd had adventures like theirs when I was a carefree 20 year old!
The book is full of the things you'd expect of a river adventure in Canada - mosquitoes and blackflies, portaging through swamps and around rapids, getting lost on the wrong branches of rivers, and sightings of moose, caribou and large fish. But Anderson adds a magical touch to his story when he tells of nights that they saw the Aurora Borealis, and about the spray from the falls and the mass hatching of Mayflies/Fishflies they paddled through.
This is a really great book that I'm sure any outdoorsy person will enjoy.
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Read information about the authorScott Anderson is an F-16 Air Defense Pilot with the Minnesota Air National Guard. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering and History from Standford University.
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