Paddle to the Amazon

Paddle to the Amazon

Book - 1989
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An epic 12,000-mile canoe trip is the subject of this breathtaking father-and-son adventure. From Winnipeg the Starkells paddled south down the Mississippi, along the coast of Central America, inland through the waterways of Colombia and Venezuela, and eventually down the Amazon -- the longest canoe trip ever recorded.

Throughout their journey, nature and man provided an endless mosaic of sights and terrifying dangers. They encountered piranhas, wild pigs, and hungry alligators; they were arrested, taken for spies, and set upon by pirates; and they lived through violent hurricanes, food poisoning, and near-starvation. But the greatest test was the love and conflict between father and son as they struggled to complete their odyssey together. This is a voyage that they -- and the reader -- will never forget.

Publisher: Rocklin, CA : Prima Pub., 1989
ISBN: 9780914629917
Characteristics: 316 p., [3] p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 11, 2012

This book was epic! It was amazing how Don and Dana paddled to the Amazon!

Jul 23, 2012

I read this book years ago, and re-read it again a couple of years ago. It is by far one of the most exciting and informative biographical stories I have ever read. I need to buy a new copy because, of course, once you loan out your own copy, it quickly gets passed on from reader to reader...

Jan 26, 2012

I would have to agree with the other comments. I read this many years ago, and still think of it alot. It is an amazing adventure and an amazing book. I own this and would be very careful about lending it out, as I wouldn't want to lose it. Due for a re-read in the near future!

Sep 26, 2011

This is an amazing adventure story. The adventure part is astounding, when you read about both the trials and triumphs of this father and son team it leaves you breathless. What I really appreciated is that 1) they found a good editor to help bring the book together from Don Starkell's diaries, and 2) there was a lot of honesty, so that the whole book wasn't gushing all the time about how wonderful the adventure was. The honesty took this book from a great adventure read to a fascinating read, for me. I couldn't put it down.


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Oct 11, 2012

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Nov 12, 2016

January 27[1982]: Caicara, Orinoco River, Venezuela
"We had a magical experience as we left camp this morning. Several big toninas [fresh water dolphin] were swimming along in front of us, half watching us as we stroked. Every so often, one of them would break away from the rest and power towards us, jumping into the air a few feet from the canoe and doing a complete somersault, sending a high spray of water over us. A second or so later, a delicate rainbow would appear out of the spray and hang for several seconds before disappearing" (248).


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