"A canoe trip in 1839 convinced Thoreau that he should
not pursue a schoolteacher's career but should instead
aim to become established as a poet of nature."
~Age of the Sage
"In 1842, Thoreau's brother John became ill with
lockjaw, the result of a small untreated wound. John
died in Henry's arms...Upon returning home in December
of 1843, Thoreau began to write an account of canoe
trip he had taken with John in 1839. That book would
become A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers,
combining poetry, historical background, and philosophical
reflections with the narrative of the trip. Realizing
he needed fewer distractions in order to concentrate
on his writing, Thoreau decided to simplify his life
by building and living in a cabin by the banks of
Walden Pond, about a mile and a half from the center
~ Grade Saver
"I sailed up a river with a pleasant wind,
New lands, new people, and new thoughts to find;
Many fair reaches and headlands appeared,
And many dangers were there to be feared;
But when I remember where I have been,
And the fair landscapes that I have seen,
Thou seemest the only permanent shore,
The cape never rounded, nor wandered o'er."
~ Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and
"And when I must leave the great river,
O bury me close to its wave,
And let my canoe and my paddle
Be the only mark over my grave!"
~Traditional Folk Song
"I went along to iron out the wrinkles in my soul."
~ Ormond Solandt, When asked why he went on a 4 week,
500 mile expedition down the Churchill River in Northern
"There is one thing I should warn you about before
you decide to get serious about canoeing. You must
consider the possibility of becoming totally and incurably
hooked on it."
~ Bill Mason, Path of the Paddle
"I remember my very first canoe trip. I was terrified.
We were venturing out into what seemed to be uncharted
territory, perhaps never to be seen again. Every aspect
of it was intimidating … but especially the idea that
somehow our survival depended on us doing stuff and
doing it together and doing it right. Of course, steadily,
terror gave way to triumph, and I returned with an
indescribable feeling of achievement."
~ Michael Eisner
"Love many, trust a few, and always paddle your own
"Originality is unexplored territory. You get there
by carrying a canoe. You can't take a taxi."
~ Alan Alda
"The bush pilot asked the Indian how long it took
him to reach his trapping cabin by canoe. "Four days"
was the Indian's reply. The pilot told the Indian
it would take only an hour by pontoon plane. "Why?"
remarked the Indian.
"I would be loading up the canoe right now."
~ Matthew T. (?), Responding to the question, "If
you were to die tomorrow, what would you do for the
rest of your life?"