A Boundary Waters History: Canoeing Across Time
by Stephen Wilbers
Teasing out the history of a place celebrated for timelessness requires a sure and attentive hand. Stephen Wilber's account reaches back to the glaciers that first carved out the Boundary Waters and to the original inhabitants, as well as to generations of wilderness explorers, both past and present. He does so without losing the personal relationship built through a lifetime of pilgrimages. This story captures the untold broader narrative of the region, as well as a thousand different details sure to be recognized by fellow pilgrims, like the grinding rhythym of a long portage or the loon call that slips into that last moment before sleep.