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Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log

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We quake to the haunting calls of loons and wolves, gape at the shimmering curtains of the northern lights, look expectantly for the iconic moose. But the richest and most engaging qualities of Wilbers’ memoir are its social scenes. Far from being alone in the wilderness, he is surrounded by family and friends. —Greg Breining, author of Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters–Quetico Wilderness This is a deeply personal, yet universal story. Stephen Wilbers keenly observes nature, within the wilderness and ...
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We quake to the haunting calls of loons and wolves, gape at the shimmering curtains of the northern lights, look expectantly for the iconic moose. But the richest and most engaging qualities of Wilbers’ memoir are its social scenes. Far from being alone in the wilderness, he is surrounded by family and friends. —Greg Breining, author of Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters–Quetico Wilderness This is a deeply personal, yet universal story. Stephen Wilbers keenly observes nature, within the wilderness and within the human heart. A well-told memoir that is funny, poignant and ultimately profound. —Bill Hansen, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters This second volume…takes on true form and meaning because of Eddy, the author’s son, whom we watch grow from age four (baby toads in the water jugs) to a tall twenty-two who makes the wilderness his own at every turn. It is through Eddy that we feel the movement of time, through his humor and antics that we love our own children even more. —Beth Waterhouse, Executive director, Ernest Oberholtzer Foundation
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609497323
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,015,219
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction. Before You Embark 11

1 Debbie Ventures North, a Black Bear Attacksand One Ugly Fish 13

2 In Search of a Whole, Live Moose 19

3 Another Moose, Two Black Bears, One Dramatic Rescue and a Remembered Image of the Natural World 36

4 A Lake Named Night and One Ferocious Mouse 46

5 An Old Friend and His Nephew, a Scary Pack of Wolves, Two Crazy Loons and the View from Eddy's Lookout Tree 63

6 Spectacular Lightning Strikes, Fasting to Death on a Wilderness Quest and a Perfect Day 71

7 Loon Stories and the Stakeout 78

8 One Honkin' Lake Trout, Spectacular Northern Lights and Summer's End on Flame Lake 87

9 Wolves Howling, Beavers Cooing and Boys Chattering 102

10 The Natural World, an Intrepid Intruder and Stargazing with Your Best Friend 113

11 Kate at Last 120

12 A Meltdown and a Broken Bow 133

13 No Youngsters and One Moose 137

14 One Foursome and One Lost Girl 139

15 Eddy's Return, a Moose Bawling in the Woods and a Plethora of Smallies 142

Epilogue 149

References and Sources for Quotations 157

About the Author 159

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