Paddle Beads

A Canoeing Memoir

by O. Ross McIntyre

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PAddle Beads



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Ross McIntyre and his wife Jean spent 40 years together paddling the great wilderness rivers of North America. Paddle Beads is Ross’s inspirational and moving memoir of those trips and the resultant lifetime journey they took together.

“Paddle Beads is a deeply sensitive, introspective view of how wild places and the magic of canoes shape the human spirit.  Masterfully written and rich with life lessons, the author’s passion for adventure and his respect for humanity shine through on every page. I simply couldn’t put this book down!”

–Cliff Jacobson

For those whose hands have not yet grown a paddle callus, McIntyre offers a glimpse of what to expect as a canoe paddle becomes a real companion.

For those with miles of water behind and more to come, these pieces will vividly bring back the sensation as the bow rises on a wave or as the canoe leans into a turn.

And for those who are content to sit comfortably at the fireside and dream about the way things should be, Paddle Beads will take your imagination on a lasting journey.

Original illustrations by Bert Dodson.

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