This Water Goes North

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From the tranquil farmland waters of Minnesota to the treacherous wilderness rapids of Manitoba, four young men in two old canoes experience an adventure that every kid talks about, but few take. With leaky tents, little experience, and no TV cameras or big-time sponsors, the lads set out in 1979 to paddle 1,400 miles north to Hudson Bay. Why? Why not! Driven by a youthful sense of adventure, they took the chance of a lifetime just to see what lay around the next turn. Sit in their canoe as they glide through ...

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Overview

From the tranquil farmland waters of Minnesota to the treacherous wilderness rapids of Manitoba, four young men in two old canoes experience an adventure that every kid talks about, but few take. With leaky tents, little experience, and no TV cameras or big-time sponsors, the lads set out in 1979 to paddle 1,400 miles north to Hudson Bay. Why? Why not! Driven by a youthful sense of adventure, they took the chance of a lifetime just to see what lay around the next turn. Sit in their canoe as they glide through smooth waters and survive rushing rivers. Experience with them the desolation of true wilderness and go on humorous escapades with local characters. With graceful storytelling, Dennis Weidemann weaves this richly diverse tale of near disasters, splendid sunsets, bootleggers, Mounties, polar bears, and the indomitable spirit of youth. Share the dream that still lives, and that will surely inspire others.

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"For a fine story about the dreams, resilience, and joys of youth—and youth remembered—This Water Goes North is a trip well worth taking."  —Canoeing.com

"Delightful . . . beautifully written. More than just a travelogue, it is about living life to the fullest, jumping in despite the fear, and taking each moment as it comes. Every library should own a copy."  —Wendy Wendt: 2008 president, Minnesota Library Association

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For a fine story about the dreams, resilience, and joys of youth-and youth remembered- This Water Goes North is a trip well worth taking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979685200
  • Publisher: Manitenahk Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 705,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Weidemann is a canoeist, an educator, and the director of communications for a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving quiet places. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2009

    A true adventure retelling that left me smiling, not nail bitten!

    Adventure at its best. These unlikely Voyageurs made their way along 1400 miles of waterway, over several months and not only lived to write about it, but are still friends! I think nearly everyone could identify with these down-to earth-guys and the tale of their journey.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Fascinating Read

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm a sucker for these type of travelogues. The book follows four college students from Iowa on a canoe trip from a lake in Minnesota down the Red River to Lake Winnipeg up that lake to the Hayes River which they travel down to Hudson's Bay at York Factory.

    The journey starts with a father asking one of the four Iowans while fishing a lake in Minnesota, "Where does this water go?" "The Mississippi", the son replies. "No, Hudson's Bay." From that point, he was obsessed with the romance of canoeing from That lake in Minnesota to Hudson's Bay.

    The only disappointment I had with the book is the author doesn't follow up with the four canoeists. He does contact some of the people they met along the way, though.

    Do you need to be a canoeist to enjoy this book? No. Hell, you could get me in a canoe................at gunpoint, but it would have to be a big gun.

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