"Ka-Ka-Ska-Ska": ("Headwaters to the Gulf" - in a kayak) (Paperback)
"Ka-Ka-Ska-Ska" ("Headwaters to the Gulf" - in a kayak) is a very entertaining story of four friends' adventure down the Mississippi River. The expedition was not a scheme to fulfill a lifelong fantasy of man against nature or even an attempt to satisfy an unruly midlife itch, but simply the result of an impulsive decision over a cup of coffee. With little thought to detailed planning, the foursome strikes out to conquer the third largest river in the world in kayaks. The chronological travelogue covers the highlights as they paddle through uninhabited wilderness and along the banks of river towns. This is not another boring guide book on how to paddle or where to paddle nor is it just a narrative of a sole expedition. Instead, the reader discovers a blend of colorful accounts of other paddling trips and a bit of history - all seasoned with humor. Anyone interested in the outdoors and/or travel who enjoys the lighthearted approach will love this book.
Jim Lewis, now retired, lives with his wife of forty-plus years in Grand Rapids, MN, a small town in northern Minnesota where there are over 1,000 lakes in the county. Jim and Sharron have three grown married children and four grandchildren. Both he and Sharron are involved with church and community. Jim began paddling a canoe at age twelve and bought his first kayak in 2003. He has since logged in over 4,000 kayak miles on lakes and rivers across the northland, in thirteen states and Canada. When not on the water, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, biking, hiking, camping, and trip planning. He is also an avid photographer. Though this is his first published book, Jim has kept other travel journals over the years.