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Love in Northern Rapids book

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  • Love in Northern Rapids book
$24.95
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Summary Love in Northern Rapids recounts canoe trips over more than a dozen years on many arctic rivers and on the Beaufort Sea, as well as the Inside Passages (in both B.C. and Alaska), the Sea of Cortez, and other waterways. Freda’s tales of wilderness exploration will entertain experienced recreationalists as well as armchair adventurers – for the places she describes are so remote that they are visited by very few. Woven into the stories are the couple’s ups and downs of their growing relationship. At age sixty-two, seven years a widow, the author met Ted Mellenthin, an enthusiastic whitewater paddler of the same age who brought along a canoe on their very first date. The adventurous pair hit it off immediately, and Ted started to teach Freda the first basic paddling strokes. In the summer of 1999, only months after that first blind date, Freda and Ted set out on their first canoe expedition - into the Canadian Arctic. They paddled 1200 kilometres in six weeks, from northeast of Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to Baker Lake, in Nunavut. Despite run-ins with wildlife, dangerous whitewater, and punishing portages, they were soon planning their next adventure. Preface This book shares the stories of eighteen paddling trips that my husband and I undertook between the years 1999 and 2012. Both of us were already in our early sixties when we met and became canoeing and life partners. Love in Northern Rapids is a personal account of our joint struggles and joys alone in the wilderness, and, as the title suggests, it is also our love story. A few of our trips were group efforts, but the most strenuous and most remote ones Ted and I did alone. We paddled many thousands of kilometres on remote arctic rivers. From the mouth of several major tundra rivers we canoed to various northern communities which sometimes involved paddling stretches of Arctic Ocean. On all of our canoe trips I kept a diary. Every evening after putting up the tent for the night and eating our meagre meal, I sat in our mosquito tent and recorded all the details of the day. After returning home I edited and transcribed each diary, the first ones on an old-fashioned typewriter, and the later canoe trips on a computer. In 2004 we were invited to give a presentation at the Wilderness and Canoe Symposium in Toronto, organized by Professor George Luste. There we also met Allan Jacobs, a canoe enthusiast, who offered to scan my arctic canoe journals and post them on the internet. If you are interested in these journals, you can find nine of them on the site called Canadian Canoe Routes, www.myccr.com, maintained by the Wilderness Canoe Association. Click on “Routes” at the top of the website. Once the page has opened, type “Freda Mellenthin” into the search box on the left. After scrolling down a bit, you will find my journals. Over the years different clubs and organizations that learned about our canoe trips invited us to give slide presentations. I usually took some copies of my canoe journals along and sold them for the cost of printing. When we presented a slide show of the Kazan River at the Abbotsford Learning Plus Society, one man asked me during the question period: ”When are you going to write a book about all your canoe trips?” And that’s when the idea to write this book was born! Particularly now that we are in our late seventies and don’t go on extreme paddling trips in the North anymore, it was a pleasure for me to go through my journals and recollect the main events and different moods of each voyage. Reminiscing about our adventures, I can still feel our happy moments and also our anxieties. I can see the colours of the sky and the different hues of the land, and I can smell the aroma of the wild herbs in the tundra. Titles and subtitles of some chapters in my book: Forty Days on the Hanbury and the Thelon Following the Mackenzie River Barges How could I not get into a canoe with such a man? Remote communities, isolated cabins Encounters with caribou, muskoxen, and one human Through the rapids and on to Fort Good Hope Sand dunes, waterfalls, plus one killer canyon We reach Inuvik after 28 days A pingo on the Thelon and a final push to Baker Lake Anderson River Odyssey Honeymoon on the Kazan Wild,wet rides over ancient limestone Into the boreal forest and back to the fragrant tundra Paddling north into colder climes and arctic waters Helpful inukshuks herald hazardous whitewater Lost amid log-jams in the murky muskeg Surviving the Back River Sun and Mud in the Mackenzie Delta Five initial portages nearly cause rebellion Camping challenges west of Tuktoyaktuk Spectacular wildlife and the thundering Cascades Long day in "perfect wind" leads to mutiny Drenched by the treacherous Rock Rapids A roller-coaster ride south to Aklavik Meeting some people above the Arctic Circle Tundra Farewell on the Horton River Beware of the Coppermine River Squeaking through the canyon rapids A hazardous hole and into the drink Downstream badlands, oxbows, and smoking hills Conquering Rocky Defile and the exit rapids Through the Arctic Ocean and up a creek to Paulatuk

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