Paddle to the Sea, by Holling C. Holling, was one of my boyhood favorites. It’s the story of a young Indian boy who carves a little man in a 12-inch canoe that he names Paddle-to-the Sea.
He sets the canoe off on a journey from the snowy banks of a river on the Canadian side of Lake Superior and it travels through the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and finally the Atlantic Ocean.
Along the way there are dangers and adventures and each time Paddle-to-the-Sea appears to have come to the end of his voyage, a kind stranger picks him up, reads the words carved on its side, “Put me back in the water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea,” and gently sends it back out into the world.
At the end of the story, years later, the young Indian boy, now a man, learns that his little boat is the subject of a newspaper story and has made a journey all the way to France . . .
This is my first book and, as I shove it off, like a little piece of twig into the torrent of words rushing headlong into the river of literature, I bid it farewell and wish it a joyous journey of adventure. Be strong, my little baby book. Watch out for the haters and bandersnatches. Make the Long Journey. Ride the raging rapids. Sail the bountiful seas to exotic ports of call. Return to me laden with stories and riches from your voyages.
Ok. I don’t know about you, but that’s about as maudlin as I can stand.
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|6/1/2018 23:10:10||Rachael Lancaster||NYC||USA||Naturopath||Saw it on Amazon||Loved it, and inspired to do this hike!|
|5/18/2018 20:57:54||Willi||Linz||Austria||Saw it on Amazon||When is your next book comming?|
|5/6/2018 18:15:43||Shannon Courier||Wellston, Michigan||United States||Saw it on Amazon|
|5/1/2018 0:35:54||Pam B Foster||Culleoka, TN||USA||Digital Media Designer||Kindle||So much of what you wrote resonates in my soul. I’ve read the same books you’ve read. I dream to wander this world, to write about and share it, just as you have. Your account was fun and informative. I had never heard of this STS trail, but now it is on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your adventure. Happy trails!|
|3/25/2018 17:00:17||Myra Rice||North Adams, Michigan||United States||Retired||Saw it on Amazon|
|3/11/2018 16:27:03||Donald J.||Portage, MI||USA||Free ebook site||A nice virtual companionable short walk that I may wish to experience parts of in reality. Thanks for the inspiration.|
|3/10/2018 14:30:20||Sarah||Weehawken NJ||USA||Preschool teacher||Saw it on Amazon||Scheck's Place was my great great uncle's farm. Camped there all the time as a kid.|
|2/19/2018 19:34:09||W Weintraub||Owego, NY||USA||Saw it on Amazon, Free ebook site||I enjoy reading about adventures especially since I have a medical condition that prevents me from having many of my own...but that's okay, books are wonderful!|
|2/8/2018 11:35:00||Alexander Bol||Burton, MI||US||Saw it on Amazon|
|2/4/2018 17:43:32||Jeanie Hembel||Sturgeon Bay, WI||USA||Lunch Lady by day, Innkeeper by night||Searched "Hiking Books"||I was looking for a hiking story that was a similar experience to the places I hike in Wisconsin. I live on the "other thumb" on the "other side" of Lake Michigan. The book was more than I expected. I loved the history and humor. I think I live in the greatest area ever for those who love time outdoors in all seasons, and life by the big water. But a visit to your neck of the woods is now on the bucket list.|
|1/1/2018 4:39:37||Joyce Orobello||Bali||Indonesia||Recovering Lawyer||Word of mouth||Thank you for the entertaining read, Will. Truth be told, I think this is a love story.|
|11/15/2017 3:12:09||Kevin courtright||Maryland||US||Project manager||Saw it on Amazon||Read it while on a hiking trip in the Xitou forest area of Taiwan. A fun and interesting read, especially for a native Yooper.|
|11/9/2017 15:35:49||Nancy||Clinton, TN||USA||homemaker||Saw it on Amazon||I read lots of "trail hiking" books and found this both different and most interesting. I really appreciated there being so many suggestions for expanding research of various subjects covered in the book.|
|11/9/2017 10:36:32||Steve||Thornton, CO||USA||Retired||Gift from daughter||Have a cottage in Harbor Springs|
|11/5/2017 7:49:25||Julia Chambers||Ludington, MI||USA||Retired teacher||Bookstore||Fun to walk with you, listening to your comments, the places, history, and characters!|
|9/8/2017 20:12:00||Jim Overholt||Ohio||USA||Sales||Wills little Brother|
|7/2/2017 11:02:22||Timothy Andersson||Farmington Michigan||USA||Attorney||Saw it on Amazon||Great book – I read it in two sittings. I love the combination of humor, history and nonfiction.|
|4/23/2017 15:25:39||Judy Cedar||White Bear Lake, mn||USA||Retired from City Development Work||Bookstore||I picked up this book at the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor, MI and glad I did. It's a warm-felt, educational and humorous book to read. BTW, the Riverfront Pizza & Specialties of Glen Arbor at the other end of the street is fantastic!|
|4/4/2017 21:58:19||Sheila Rae Kiefer||Wellston||United States||Business Owner||Bookstore||Loved it!!|
|9/21/2016 16:16:57||Adam||Sioux falls SD||United States||Saw it on Amazon|
|6/28/2016 18:59:59||Marlene||Hartland, MI||USA||Word of mouth||Book #2|
|5/29/2016 9:41:36||Mitch Wood||Lansing, MI||Usa||Attorney||Word of mouth||As I creep toward retirement myself, and as an adventure wannabe, I'm really looking forward to this book. Congrats on your accomplishment, Bill!|
|4/13/2016 20:41:36||Barbara Smith||Farmington Hills, MI||USA||Homemaker||Newspaper/magazine story||I thoroughly enjoyed your book, Will; your positive and enthusiastic attitude and outlook on life is contagious and inspiring! Your descriptions of the little towns, stores, campgrounds, etc. made me feel I truly was following in your footsteps all the way. Thank you for the humor (we need a lot more of that these days!) and thank you for the detailed historical info on so many topics. I especially enjoyed reading about the ice industry and the man who worked so hard to get ice down to the islands; I remember the description Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in Farmer Boy when the French Canadian men came to cut the ice from the frozen lake or river for Almonzo's parents' ice house. I hate to admit it (although you made me admit it twice in the registrations!) that I am old enough to remember the ice man delivering a block of ice every few days to my neighbors next door. Thanks for giving your readers lots of research reading to do to learn more about these interesting topics. I think we may just do some hiking once again! I am delighted I can share book #31 with someone now. The best of everything to you!!|
|3/5/2016 2:23:08||Lindsay Swartz||Naples||Italy||Nurse||My uncle sent me his book!|
|2/24/2016 19:27:17||Joyce Brooks||Westland, MI||USA||school secretary||Word of mouth||Bill, I got really caught up in this book, as if I were right there with you along the trail. Your tale seemed exciting and new, yet familiar and comfortable at the same time. Don't know how you accomplished that, but it was a real pleasure. Thanks.|
|2/23/2016 20:44:19||Kerosene||Plymouth, MN||USA||Healthcare IT product executive||Saw it on Amazon|
|1/15/2016 20:32:54||charlie lyon||ithaca, mi||usa||Farm work||Well done. I've done the shore to shore many times but still learned a lot from your book! Looking forward to next summer's ride more than ever! Thanks!|
|1/7/2016 9:33:02||Tag Along||Canton/MI||USA||author||Saw it on Amazon||Yeah, baby!|
|1/1/2016 9:53:38||Dexter||United States||electrical engineer||Bookstore, Nicola's books in Ann Arbor in the Michigan Author Section||As an outdoor lover(whitetail hunter, hiker, and fishermen), the cover of the book caught my attention. When I saw it was about hiking for many days, I had to get it! I am very glad I did. Will has a way of pulling you into the book to make you want to continue reading. I will recommend to friends.|
|12/25/2015 20:50:03||Tom Grant||Troy Michigan||USA||Bank Manager||Saw it on Amazon|
|12/14/2015 13:43:47||Michele Arble||Redford||USA||Data Technician||Word of mouth, Book club||Travel book #4|
|12/13/2015 20:42:43||Wayne||United States||retired secretary||Word of mouth||This book was very entertaining and funny.|
|11/22/2015 16:28:57||Stacey Banks||Plymouth||USA||Special Education Teacher||Word of mouth||This book, written by a man who encouraged me to try a different path, has inspired me in many ways. I, too, had a difficult transition at work and am looking toward a brighter future that is right around the corner. Keep living life to the fullest and keep writing, I will definitely keep reading!!|
|11/22/2015 13:03:20||Therese||BIG RAPIDS||United States||Retired School Psychologist||Newspaper/magazine story|
|11/10/2015 14:28:26||Jackie||Garden City||USA||Media Clerk||Friend|
|10/21/2015 12:51:12||Bea Kay||Fenton||United States||Housewife||Word of mouth||Great book!|
|10/11/2015 8:43:12||Julie Roberts||Wayne, MI||usa||secretary/wanna be author||Word of mouth||Mr. Bill! I thoroughly enjoyed your book, and while reading, took a trip back in time to the IMC days under your supervision, remembering your quick wit and sense of humor. I found myself smiling, while reading, hearing your voice through your words. I wish you all the best in your retirement quest to do good things, knowing Kate will join you soon. Happy Trails!!
|10/8/2015 12:17:21||Geoff Koglin||Adrian, Michigan||USA||Director of Bereavement Services - Hospice of Lenawee||Whiteblaze.com directing to Amazon||Been section hiking AT for last two years and looking for backpacking hikes in Michigan. Your book, I anticipate, will be a timely resource as STS is an established trail.|
|9/28/2015 10:52:30||Kevin Crawford||Kalkaska||USA||Accountant||Saw it on Amazon||Nice story, I did not realize that the STS crossed in kalkaska|
|9/26/2015 7:53:01||Chris Rayner||Hale||USA||Retired||Word of mouth||Thanks, Will, for a wonderful adventure shared with the world!!!|
|9/9/2015 19:22:06||Kate Swartz||Canton, Michigan||USA||Administrative Assistant||I live with the author.||Good job, Will! Your book is an enjoyable read. Love your sense of humor.|
|9/9/2015 11:34:51||Will Swartz||Canton, MI||USA||Creative Projects Director||Voices inside my head!||Where's Will now?|