“Travel by canoe is not a necessity, and will nevermore be the most efficient way to get from ne region to another . . . A canoe trip has become simply a rite of oneness with certain terrain, a diversion of the field, an act performed not because it is necessary but because there is value in the act itself…”

--John McPhee, The Survival of the Bark Canoe

Five days on land: expedition recommences by morning. I'm ready.