Paddling solo along New England’s Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Dreams, even improbable ones, deserve a chance to shine. In the summer of 2015, at age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Traveling 740 miles alone in a small canoe, she encountered challenges, expected and unexpected, that pushed her to the limits of her courage and endurance. But for every moment of wild weather, upstream struggle, or exhausting portage, there was the joy of seeing nature in all its glory and drama.
The detailed journals that she kept on her 53-day trip provided the foundation for the Bremen author to write her first book, the adventure memoir Upwards. Providing one of the first looks at the country's longest mapped inland paddling route, this tale weaves faith, nature, and the goodness of people into an inspiring adventure on storied rivers from the Adirondacks to the Allagash.
“In Upwards,” wrote V. Paul Reynolds, of the Northwoods Sporting Journal, “you get more for the price of the book than just a good outdoor story. Chandler can write as skillfully and passionately as she paddles! A must read for paddlers, and a quality reading experience for anyone who likes the natural world and values thoughtful, sensitive prose.”
Join the author on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockland Public Library for an up-close look at the landscapes, history, and wildlife of waterways that have been travelled since the dawn of history. A book signing will follow the one-hour slideshow.
The illustrated talk, sponsored by Friends of Rockland Public Library, will take place in the Community Room and is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 80 Union St. FMI: 594-0310.