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The Idling Bulldozer and other Paddling Adventures

The Idling Bulldozer and other Paddling Adventures

by Donald D. Yackel


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This book contains ten paddling adventure stories that take place in locations across the US and Canada. In each location, the author is surrounded by nature offering whatever conditions the natural world presents. Sometimes they are beautiful, offering deep transcendent moments, but at other times the author is cold, wet, frightened, or driven mad by swarms of bugs. These trials are the dues paid to experience a glorious sunrise over a salt marsh, or to watch manatees playing in the shallows, or to hear the muttering of a group of Ibis foraging along the shore of a beautiful river. The stories show one man's attempt to regain a deep connection with the natural world through wilderness experiences that challenge, frighten, confound, and glorify, in the hope that his adventures may inspire others to experience the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947353398
Publisher: Austin-Macauley Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 03/30/2018
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Donald D. Yackel was born under the water sign: Aquarius. Maybe that explains his lifelong affinity for water and boats. He spent his summers on Oneida Lake near Syracuse, New York, sharing long hours with his grandfather, learning about the natural world. Over the years he progressed from playing in power boats to sailing Lake Ontario; a move to Albany, New York, near the Adirondack Mountains introduced him to canoe camping and finally, kayaking. Along the way he built a sailboat and a kayak, before learning that his great, great, grandfather was a boat builder too, who built boats and barges for the Erie Canal.

Table of Contents

A 10,000 Island Sojourn 15

February 2007 15

Retired, Sort Of 15

Cold, Wet and Gray 16

Two Days at Lulu Key 18

Fakahatchee Island 21

Panther or Hog Key? 24

A Sprint to the Finish 28

On the Big Bend Salt Water Paddling Trail 31

March 2008 31

How It Began 32

The Idling Bulldozer 35

The Grim Reaper Arrives 36

Hot Dogs and Sundaes 41

A Bad Day on the Big Bend 44

Soft Beds and a Hot Shower 48

Off Shore to Sink Creek 51

Windy Butler Island 54

Return to the Town Of Suwannee 56

Paddle to the Bay: D.C. to the Chesapeake 61

June 2008 61

An Orientation 63

Washington and the Potomac 64

Novices in Danger 67

High Winds and the Graveyard of Ships 72

Or? Saint Clements Island 79

An Early Wake-Up and the Night of the Ticks 84

The Chesapeake Bay 88

Lake George End to End 93

October 2008 93

Complicated Planning 93

The Gathering 95

Anthony's Nose and Other Historical Trivia 100

Way down upon the Suwannee River 105

March 2009 105

First, a Road Trip 105

Florida's River Camps 109

On To Holton Creek River Camp 113

River Camp III, A Commando Camp 115

To Peacock Slough River Camp 117

River Camp V: Our Second Commando Camp 121

Gornto Springs County Park 124

Our Trip Ends 129

Never Paddle in Pennsylvania in Early April 131

April 2009 131

Otter Creek 131

Meeting Tom 134

Alan's Great Pizza 138

An Ignominious End 139

On the Flat Water Colorado 141

May 2009 141

Finally, the Colorado 143

Back To Lee's Ferry 153

The Beautiful Saguenay Fjord, Quebec 156

August 2009 156

It's a Long Way to Quebec City 157

Au Jardin de Mon Pere 159

Underway 161

A Killer Headache 164

Heatstroke 173

Bernard 176

Whales, Whales, Whales 181

Blown Away on Woods Island, Lake Champlain 185

October 2009 234

Heavy Winds and Rocky Shores 186

Stuck 188

An Anti-Climax 190

Into the Everglades 192

February 2014 192

The Day Before 193

Early Morning, Everglades National Park 195

Strangers in the Night 199

Ghosts of the Watson Place 202

Wind and Bugs at Pavilion Key 204

I Need Coffee! 207

Heading Home Controversy 211

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