The Lure of Faraway Places: Reflections on Wilderness and Solitude Paperback – May 11 2007
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The Lure of Faraway Places is the publication canoeist Herb Pohl (1930-2006) did not live to see published. But Pohl's words and images provide a unique portrait of Canada by one who was happiest when travelling our northern waterways alone. Austrian-born Herb Pohl died at the mouth of the Michipcoten River on July 17, 2006. He is remembered as "Canada's most remarkable solo traveller."
While mourning their loss, Herb Pohl's friends found, to their surprise and delight, a manuscript of wilderness writings on his desk in his lakeside apartment in Burlington, Ontario. He had hoped one day to publish his work as a book. With help and commentary from best-selling canoe author and editor James Raffan, Natural Heritage is proud to present that book, Herb's book, The Lure of Faraway Places. "There's nothing like it in canoeing literature," says Raffan. "It's part journal, part memoir, part wilderness philosophy and part tips and tricks of the most pragmatic kind written about parts of the country most of us will never see by the most committed and ambitious solo canoeist in Canadian history."
About the Author
James Raffan, a much experienced writer, paddler and northern traveller, has been recognized with many honours including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. He is the Curator of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, and resides in Seeleys Bay, Ontario.
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Herb's story is inspiring in so many ways: he started paddling late in his life, much in the spirit of Verlan Kruger, another legendary paddler who also was in his late 40s when he discovered what would become his life's passion. As someone who returned to paddling fairly late as well, I was glad to see that I wasn't "too late" to re-start my career of adventuring in a canoe..
However, that is where Herb's and my similarities end; while I've so far stuck to the local provincial parks and crown land, Herb immediately 'struck out for the territories" to quote Mark Twain...his journeys took him to the far edges of Canada's wilderness, into areas most of us have ever only vaguely heard of, let alone thought of visiting.
Ultimately, his journey ended in July of 2006 on Lake Superior...
I initially thought it sad that he went that way (I even initially thought he'd decided to kill himself that day, but have since discovered that not to be the case)
However, I think that his journey was meant to be that long and no longer.
Just as I think this book was meant to be discovered and published.
Enjoy and absorb...
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