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Spirited waters : soloing south through the Inside Passage
Hahn, Jennifer Petersen, 1958-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle : Mountaineers Books, 2001.
Physical Description:
213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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GV776.115 .H34 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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-- Winner of the Barbara Savage Miles From Nowhere Memorial Award-- Illustrated with original artworkIn this insightful account of her solo voyage in a sixteen-foot kayak, Jennifer Hahn vividly relates the terrifying predicaments, ecstatic moments, and personal challenges of paddling against the winds through Alaska's Inside Passage. Much more than a memoir, Spirited Waters is a remarkable blend of adventure travel, natural history, personal challenge, vivid animal encounters, Northwest mythology, and heartwarming coastal characters.

Author Notes

Born into a wanderlust family, Jennifer Hahn has worked as a sea kayak guide, naturalist, welder, ski instructor, editorial assistant for Audubon magazine, illustrator, and tour leader in the Galapagos Islands. She is the founder of Elakah! Kayak Tours and has guided extensively since 1988 in Washington, southeast Alaska, British Columbia, and Baja, Mexico.

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Library Journal Review

Not many people, especially a solo woman traveler, would attempt to kayak the 750 miles along the Inside Passage between Alaska and Washington state. All the more reason for the adventurous Hahn to try it. Hahn, a naturalist and kayak guide, felt a call to do this trip but realized that she would have to do it in sections, over two spring and summer seasons. Sometimes fearless, sometimes terrified (of the currents, wolves, bears, and strange men), Hahn remains honest and thoughtful about her experiences. As her account reveals, she meets many generous people and a variety of animals and sea creatures on the trip and finds a sense of peace within herself. Her extensive knowledge of nature, native customs and legends, and the navigational history of the area nicely complement her personal experiences, while her eloquent writing allows readers to feel both the pain and the triumph of the journey. Recommended for all travel collections. Kathleen Shanahan, Kensington, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Brenda Peterson
Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Prologuep. 13
Part 1 The Windy Coast: Ketchikan, Alaska, to Prince Rupert, British Columbiap. 17
1. Volkswagens Float, Don't They?p. 18
2. Bearanoiap. 29
3. The Stormp. 37
4. Feasting on Flotsamp. 49
Part 2 The Waterfall Coast: Bella Bella to Prince Rupert, British Columbiap. 61
5. Sleeping with Ottersp. 62
6. The Lightkeepers' Quiltp. 77
7. Reachingp. 91
Part 3 The Open Coast: Queen Charlotte Sound and Cape Cautionp. 107
8. Eating Urchinp. 108
9. Whale Watching Mep. 118
10. The Blue Trade Beadp. 134
Part 4 The Big Island Coast: South Along Vancouver Island, British Columbiap. 147
11. Rock, Scissors, Paperp. 148
12. Half Moon, Slack Tidep. 165
Part 5 The Salish Sea Coast: Strait of Georgia and San Juan Islandsp. 177
13. The Black-Mouth Kingp. 178
14. Talking Stonesp. 194
15. Symphony of Treesp. 200
Bibliographyp. 210