This Water Goes North (Hardcover)
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.
"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