Far Distant Echo by Fred Marks
A Journey By Canoe From Lake Superior To Hudson Bay

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On May 26th 2008, beginning on Lake Superior, seven men embarked on an expedition by canoe to York Factory on Hudson Bay. Seventy-five days later, after paddling almost 1400 miles, negotiating one hundred rapids, and crossing eighty-five portages, two of those men completed the journey. Far Distant Echo is a story of adventure, survival, and willpower, of rising to a challenge and meeting it, and of man’s endlessly complex relationship with nature. Told through the journals of the two men who made it to the end—Fred Marks, an outdoorsman who took on guiding canoe trips as his “retirement career,” and Jay Timmerman, a student finishing his masters in history—this joint travel memoir is both highly informative and deeply personal. The reader is enlightened to not only the history of the region and the exact details of how one should prepare for a trip such as this, but is also let into the most intimate details of what it took to accomplish this canoeing trek—the ability to be pushed to the brink of limitatio and then to find the inner strength and determination to push beyond. Complete with maps, food lists, recipes, photos, and a well-selected collection of poetry and song, this book is for all those who, like its authors, have a great deal of love and respect for the great outdoors.
 

About Fred Marks

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A fellow army officer once told Fred, “After you complete two tours in Texas, two in Germany and two wars, it is time to retire.” During his career the army taught him three languages, sent him to finish college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and posted him in distant places. But, by 1996 his friend’s retirement admonition had reached fruition, so Fred headed back home to Mississippi. Jean, his wife, began a career in nursing while Fred started his new career canoeing and exploring Canada’s north woods. Jay Timmerman, a lifelong resident of Wisconson, recently graduated from Saint Cloud State University, earning an M.A. in History. He has worked as a substitute teacher, a supermarket seafood salesman, and as a canoe guide. He also enjoyed working in a local theatre while attending school. Jay states, “I worked as a canoe guide for twelve seasons before the opportunity to embark on this trip presented itself. The trip was a way to mark my having earned a Master’s Degree. It was also something that I had dreamed about doing for over a decade.”
 
Published May 9, 2012 by Vantage Press. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Outdoorsmen and armchair travelers will encounter history, ravenous insects, trail menus, hungry bears, and the quiet joys of endurance in this intriguing recounting of a 2008 canoe expedition.

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