An Adirondack Passage: The Cruise of the Canoe Sairy Gamp (Paperback)
A fine piece of work and a great delight.--John McPhee
Christine Jerome decides to repeat the 266-mile Adirondack canoe journey of George Washington Sears (pen name Nessmuk), a famous adventure and nature writer for the popular magazine Forest and Stream in the late nineteenth century. Part of what made his 1883 journey remarkable was the length of his canoe--a mere nine feet. The Sairy Gamp was the lightest of cockleshells, but could navigate rough lakes and stony rapids. Sears could heave it over his head and portage it between lakes for miles. So Jerome has a similar canoe built for herself, and sets off to see what has changed and what has remained on the water trail through the mountains.
The result is a classic of canoe literature: a beautiful paean to journeying silently in light craft. Her nature writing and knowledge of local history lends a depth and substance to every mile. She conjures up Teddy Roosevelt, the Whitneys and Vanderbilts, as well as old hermits and eccentrics. She tells of legendary crimes committed along the lakeshores, while keeping her expert ear tuned for birdsong in the trees.
An unforgettable account of traveling by canoe, and traveling back in time.