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Canoeing in the wilderness

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Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,756 / 101 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 8,001
Added to site: 2011.06.25 30236

From the great nature writer behind Walden comes an account of a trip he made into the wilderness.

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that he did not like to cross the lakes "in littlum canoe," but nevertheless, "just as we say, it made no odds to him."

Moosehead Lake is twelve miles wide at the widest place, and thirty miles long in a direct line, but longer as it lies. Paddling near the shore, we frequently heard the pe-pe of the olive-sided flycatcher, also the wood pewee and the kingfisher. The Indian reminding us that he could not work without eating, we stopped to breakfast on the main shore southwest of Deer Island. We took out our bags, and the Indian made a fire under a very large bleached log, using white pine bark from a stump, though he said that hemlock was better, and kindling with canoe birch bark. Our table was a large piece of freshly peeled birch bark, laid wrong side up, and our breakfast consisted of hard-bread, fried pork, and strong coffee well sweetened, in which we did not miss the milk.

While we were getting breakfast a brood of twelve black dippers,[2] half grown, came paddling by within thr

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Marie Bruemmer

This is an excerpt from his book "The Maine Woods". I found the way he talked about his Indian guide to be insulting. Other than that it was less enjoyable than Walden but not too bad, really.



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