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A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time (MN) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Wilbers , Sawbill Canoe Outfitters , Bill Hansen

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Teasing out the history of a place celebrated for timelessness--where countless paddle strokes have disappeared into clear waters--requires a sure and attentive hand. Stephen Wilbers's account reaches back to the glaciers that first carved out the Boundary Waters and to the original inhabitants, as well as to generations of wilderness explorers, both past and present. He does so without losing the personal relationship built through a lifetime of pilgrimages (anchored by almost three decades of trips with his father). This story captures the untold broader narrative of the region as well as a thousand different details sure to be recognized by fellow pilgrims, like the grinding rhythm of a long portage or the loon call that slips into that last moment before sleep.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2129 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1M2TSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,358,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of the BWCA 19 Sept. 2011
By Brian K. Johnson - Published on
The terrific combination of the author's talents as a writer and writing instuctor, coupled with his years of experience canoeing the Boundary Waters, makes this a marvelous read. Whether you have been to this wilderness paradise or only dream of doing it before you are too old to hoist a canoe on your shoulders, this book will introduce you to the zen of paddle and portage. As you read Wilber's descriptions of the BWCA stillness, you can hear the loon's call shatter the silence in your imagination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit the Boundary Waters without leaving your chair 5 Mar. 2012
By Lynell - Published on
Whether you are a canoeing enthusiast or you are a couch potato without the slightest idea of what BWCA stands for, you will find much pleasure in reading Steve Wilbers' newest book: A Boundary Waters History, Canoeing Across Time.
Dr. Stephen Wilbers, author, teacher and writing instructor, lives in South Minneapolis. He wrote this book to commemorate 30 years of canoe trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, most of them with his father.

I traveled to the BWCA only once and it was many years ago. Reading this book evokes so many memories: the song of the loon, the intense beauty and quietude of the wilderness, and the smell of popcorn burning over the campfire.

Steve's story is at once a geological and political history of the Boundary Waters and a compilation of charming stories of many trips with friends and family members. Filled with photographs from these trips, the book brings the reader an appreciation of the people as well as the environment he loves so well.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories 30 Dec. 2013
By Smiles - Published on
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My boyfriend and I got this to take on our first trip into the boundary waters. Great stories and we found out we even ended up camping at the same site that the writer and his family did on one occasions. Really fun to read while in the boundary waters but would be good anywhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories 11 Dec. 2012
By Gail R. Kleven - Published on
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I like a memoir that tells a good tale. Wilbers does just that. His writing is excellent, and he keeps up pulled in with his stories of canoeing with his father and other friends. I, too, in my youth canoed the Boundary Waters reularly, and reading this book gave me great pleasure. There are also several photographs. You'll love this book if you a fan of the BWCA.
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2.0 out of 5 stars more like a diary 31 Oct. 2014
By cpidon - Published on
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Wasn't really a history, more like a diary. Sure, he tells you how it was legally formed but not really anything about the "history" of the area. Got tired of hearing about sunsets, paddling on the lake at dusk, etc. Also, not much of a fisherman, calls northerns show in pictures "medium", "good-sized" - anyone else would call them snakes. (Small)
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