My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas



Three Months After A Family Vacation In Costa Rica Ends In Tragedy When Two Fellow Rafters Die On The Flooded Rio Reventaz N, John Lane Sets Out With Friends From His Own Backyard In Upcountry South Carolina To Calm His Nerves And To Paddle To The SeaLike Huck Finn, Lane Sees A River Journey As A Portal To Change, But Unlike Twain S Character, Lane Isn T Escaping He S Getting Intimate With The River That Flows Right Past His Home In The Spartanburg Suburbs Lane S Three Hundred Mile Float Trip Takes Him Down The Broad River And Into Lake Marion Before Continuing Down The Santee River Along The Way Lane Recounts Local History And Spars With Streamside Literary Presences Such AsMind Of The South Author W J Cash Henry Savage, Author Of The Rivers Of America Series Volume On The Santee Novelist And Pulitzer Prize Winner Julia Peterkin Early Explorer John Lawson And Poet And Outdoor Writer Archibald Rutledge Lane Ponders The Sites Of Old Cotton Mills Abandoned Locks, Canals, And Bridges Ghost Towns Fallen Into Decay A Century Before Indian Mounds American Revolutionary And Civil War Battle Sites Nuclear Power Plants And Boat Landings Along The Way He Encounters A Cast Of Characters Twain Himself Would Envy Perplexed Fishermen, Catfish Clean Ers, River Rats, And A Trio Of Drug Addled Drifters On A Lonely Boat Dock A Day S Paddle From The SeaBy The Time Lane And His Companions Finally Approach The Ocean About Forty Miles North Of Charleston They Have To Fight The Tide And Set A Furious Pace Through It All, Paddle Stroke By Paddle Stroke, Lane Is Reminded Why Life And Rivers Have Always Been Wedded TogetherMy Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name. John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies His latest prose book is MY PADDLE TO THE SEA, to be published in November 2011 by The University of Georgia Press Other recent prose books include THE BEST OF THE KUDZU TELEGRAPH Hub City Writers Project, 2008 and CIRCLING HOME University of Georgia Press, 2007 His ABANDONED QUARRY NEW SELECTED POEMS was published by Mercer University Press in 2011.

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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas
  • John Lane
  • English
  • 05 May 2018
  • 0820339776

10 thoughts on “My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas

  1. says:

    Having grown up paddling what I considered the rivers of the Carolinas the Cape Fear and Yadkin Pee Dee watersheds , I have wanted for some time to take this trip on paper with John Lane down the Broad, Conagree and Santee Rivers This basin does drain both of the Carolinas, but only a part of the western part of the state When I lived in Hickory NC in the mid 80s, I had paddled a couple of rivers that flowed into the Santee basin through the Catawba River Lane limits his trip to the lessor Having grown up paddling what I considered the rivers of the Carolinas the Cape Fear and Yadkin Pee Dee watersheds , I have wanted for some time to take this trip on paper with John Lane down the Broad, Conagree and Santee Rivers This basin does drain both of the Carolinas, but only a part of the western part of the state When I lived in Hickory NC in the mid 80s, I had paddled a couple of rivers that flowed into the Santee basin through the Catawba River Lane limits his trip to the lessor of the Carolinas South Carolina as he stars out on Larson Fork, a creek that flows by the back of his property in Spartanburg, and follows it downriver to the sea But he doesn t begin with this trip, but with a fateful family vacation three months earlier in Costa Rica, where they paddled Whitewater Rivers It had been raining and on their last day, there were several fatalities Thankfully, the Lane family all survived, but it was a horrifying experience Lane is not the first to paddle this river, nor even the first to write about it In his possession, he carried the writings of others who have paddled the river, including a group of students from the college where he teaches Wofford College , who d paddled the river in the late 60s Although today, much of the river goes unnoticed, in the 18th and 19th centuries, before the railroad, water was the easiest way to travel up country.Lane is accompanied by two friends Venable, a lawyer from South Carolina who found a new and agreeable life in Alaska joins him for the first week He a large burly dude that looks like a bit like a mix of John Brown and John Muir mix 139 Although he is sympathize to environmental causes, he never joined the Sierra Club because he disliked their cup 73 The man must have spent his time hiking in well water locations and not had to scoop water from streams or springs that s only an inch or so deep Lane and Venerable paddle through the upper part of the river Most of their days are rainy, but they make the best of it as they share stories of their lives and experiences outdoors At Lake Marion, Venable heads off to do some turkey hunting before heading back to Alaska Steve, a slender but strong paddler, joins Lane as they paddle through coastal plain on the way to the sea The two sections of the river are very different The upper part of the river is fast as the water rush off the mountains and foothills Along the way, they pass places of history, where water powered industry Some of these dams are still present and present challenges for them as they canoe downriver This section of the river drains a large amount of the upcountry and even parts of Western North Carolina through the Warteree Catawba River system that joins the Congaree to form the Santee Lane mixes into his narrative of his paddle, history from the region This was a region of Revolutionary War battles In the early 18th Century, they attempted to tame the river for transportation and power The river proved especially difficult for transportation and most of the canals were soon abandoned However, the rivers, like the Scots Irish who settled the upcountry, had proved stubborn and resistant to authority 117 In addition to historical insights, Lane shares stories of authors who lived along the river Two of theprominent ones are Julia Peterkin and Archibald Ruthledge I ve not read Peterkin but she s now on my list but I have found the writings of Ruthledge to be soulful Although I have a problem with his paternalistic views of African Americans, I am moved by the way he describes the land and appreciates the wilderness of the Santee River Lane also offers a bit of advice on the art of canoeing and canoe camping, including a nice description of the J Stroke which the paddler in the stern uses to keep the canoe straight The book ends, unsurprisingly, at the sea Reading My Paddle to the Seas is an easy and enjoyable float without ever getting muddy or having a sore back from a day of paddling

  2. says:

    My Paddle to the Sea by John LaneVery similar to Bill Bryson s A Walk in the Woods, John Lane mixes memoir, local history, naturalist observations, and environmental writing with his experience The difference is that Bryson writes about his hike along the Appalachian Trail, and Lane documents his paddle by way of canoeing South Carolina s rivers from Spartanburg to the Atlantic Ocean As an English professor at Wofford College, Lane presents various voices and perspectives in SC history.

  3. says:

    I always appreciate John Lane s thoughtful prose and the things he notices and passes on to the reader This was a well researched book that read like a story That s not easy to do Natural history, adventure, suspense, and a realistic love of the great big beautiful world I ll take it.

  4. says:

    A good luck reed, brushing up on reading and righting It was a good material for a quick reed As a quick reed, I give it 5 star Overall 4.

  5. says:

    I met John Lane a few weeks back and we traded books, his My Paddle to the Seafor my Year of the Pig. I started My Paddle to the Sea shortly thereafter, and it didn t take long to finish Although my schedule has been horrendous, and I haven t done near the reading I wish I could, I sought and found the time to finish Mr Lane s book in short order Part of what held my attention was Mr Lane s writing ability Also, I enjoyed his self imposed challenge of paddling a long stretch of river, overc I met John Lane a few weeks back and we traded books, his My Paddle to the Seafor my Year of the Pig. I started My Paddle to the Sea shortly thereafter, and it didn t take long to finish Although my schedule has been horrendous, and I haven t done near the reading I wish I could, I sought and found the time to finish Mr Lane s book in short order Part of what held my attention was Mr Lane s writing ability Also, I enjoyed his self imposed challenge of paddling a long stretch of river, overcoming obstacles, and arriving at his destination My first book had several similarities to My Paddle to the Sea, and my next journey the one that should lead to my second book, will likely have .Philosophically, we havein common than I probably should admit But there it is My Paddle to the Sea left me wanting to readbooks by Mr Lane The same can not be said of certain other authors with ten or a hundred times the name recognition and sales

  6. says:

    I finished My Paddle to the Sea by John Lane this morning and enjoyed itthan I expected I m a huge fan of memoir and this was one of the best I ve read in a while For one thing it was shaped around his eleven days on the water and the major theme was the river What made it special was the human side of the story that kept popping up the experience of the Costa Rica drowning, his notes from his trial or practice voyages on the river, his references to the history of his present locale, I finished My Paddle to the Sea by John Lane this morning and enjoyed itthan I expected I m a huge fan of memoir and this was one of the best I ve read in a while For one thing it was shaped around his eleven days on the water and the major theme was the river What made it special was the human side of the story that kept popping up the experience of the Costa Rica drowning, his notes from his trial or practice voyages on the river, his references to the history of his present locale, and his relationship to the friends that shared this adventure

  7. says:

    This should have been a great book With some editing, it would have been.The last 30 pages grabbed and held my attention, but it s a 200 page book If it was not assigned for book club, I would have stopped reading after the first 30 pages.

  8. says:

    The story of the author s trip down the Santee River in South Carolina A pleasant enough travelogue, but doesn t go much of anywhere.

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