Paddle to the Amazon

Paddle to the Amazon

The Ultimate 12,000-mile Canoe Adventure

Book - 1994
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It was crazy. It was unthinkable. It was the adventure of a lifetime.

When Don and Dana Starkell left Winnipeg in a tiny three-seater canoe, they had no idea of the dangers that lay ahead. Two years and 12,180 miles later, father and son had each paddled nearly twenty million strokes, slept on beaches, in jungles and fields, dined on tapir, shark, and heaps of roasted ants.

They encountered piranhas, wild pigs, and hungry alligators. They were arrested, shot at, taken for spies and drug smugglers, and set upon by pirates. They had lived through terrifying hurricanes, food poisoning, and near starvation. And at the same time they had set a record for a thrilling, unforgettable voyage of discovery and old-fashioned adventure.

"Courageous . . . Exciting and always immediate." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland and Stewart, 1994, c1987
ISBN: 9780771082566
Branch Call Number: 910.4/STA
Additional Contributors: Wilkins, Charles


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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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