By Scott Anderson

Starting on a entrance porch in Duluth, Minnesota, and finishing 3 months later in Hudson Bay, writer Scott Anderson took each canoeist's dream journey. full of humor, mis-adventure, and final good fortune, far-off Fires is a must-read for somebody who has ever picked up a paddle. An American Library organization top publication for teenagers

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This is for you," he said and turned and walked away, not waiting for a reply. "Thanks," we called out, wondering what could be in the package. Steve carefully unwrapped the paper and revealed a bundle of golden hued smoked herring. We were overjoyed. That night at Gulden's was like a new beginning for the trip. Dean and his wife, Jean Gulden, were themselves preparing for a trip with the kids. Duluth packs were taken from their secret, musty hiding places, and clothes and foodstuffs were arranged, first haphazardly and then neatly into piles.

The boulders below, a good 20 feet down, were as clear as if they had been just inches away. " But we knew this was just a disguise. We had seen its real face, and we wanted off. In our eagerness to make progress we overshot our destination and made land at the wrong side of Hat Point. We had to backtrack. Finally we reached our intended landing point and for the last time touched the nose of the canoe on the shore of the big lake. Steve and I looked at each other with deep satisfaction. Lake Superior was behind us.

The true test for a young man in those days was to be able to run along the entire distance of the booms without falling into the water, or at least without staying in the water. We bet Holly had been a master. Before we left the restaurant a man came in and handed us a white paper package. "This is for you," he said and turned and walked away, not waiting for a reply. "Thanks," we called out, wondering what could be in the package. Steve carefully unwrapped the paper and revealed a bundle of golden hued smoked herring.

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