Disappointment River (Pdf/E–pub) ☆ Brian Castner
R High Performance Programming eArts dealing with the history of MacKenzie s trip were the mostnjoyable part of the book The author s modern day narrative I found to be rambling at times and his writing style made it hard to focus and njoy the book It simply was not ngagingSome other Scala for Java Developers early reviews have viewed the book differently but my recommendation is to check it out from your local library before deciding to invest in a copy Interesting research but clearly written for a macho male audienceSee my other ten word book reviews at my blog tenwordbookreviewswordpresscom Marco Polo Columbus Magellan Henry Hudson Captain Cook Alexander Mackenzie Lewis ClarkMackenzie We know the names of the greatxplorers for both good and bad with one big The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur exception Alexander Mackenzie I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by his story Finallywith Castner s book published in 2018 we have the complete story of his life and hispic journey in 1789 across a vast almost completely uninhabited land which today is called the Northwest Territories Not only does Brian Caster write about the intrepid Scotsman and his journey but he retraces his 1200 mile long voyage by canoe up the river which now bears his name So we follow two adventures both of which could Vermeer to Eternity easily havended in disaster But I have to ask the uestion why isn t Mackenzie better known I think the simplest reason is that he was considered a failure by himself as well as by others His overriding goal was to travel on a major river which he hoped would flow west to the Pacific through present day Alaska This would have been the long sought for Northwest Passage a shortcut through the Americas to the riches of China Instead Mackenzie s following the great river out of the Great Slave Lake kept taking him Heaven to Betsy ever northward until he reached the frozen Arctic Ocean And there was no passage to be found out of there But as Castner points out the supreme irony is that if Mackenzie had done this trip 200 years later he would have found an ocean becoming increasingly ice free so that the great dream of the Northwest Passage could finally be realized Paddling the Deh Cho felt like walking a tightrope Don t look down don t look around don t think too much about what you are doing don t think about being small andxposed just put one foot in front of the other paddle to the next point That s it If you pick your head up look around you ll realize how far from help you are and the So B. It enormity of the task In 2016 author Brian Castner set out to retrace the route that Alexander Mackenzie took in 1789 in an attempt to reach the then fabled Northwest Passage For some timexplorers had tried to find it but without success In 1775 after nearly three hundred years of European nautical failure the British Parliament authorized the award of twenty thousand pounds to whoever could discover the Northwest Passage This incentive plus the fact that traders wanted a direct route to China for their Cabaret exports of beaver furs meant that this uest had become an imperative1788 The Grand Portage Lake Superior At the rendezvous the hommes du nordxchanged tens of thousands of beaver skins for the mangeurs du lard s iron trade goods from London a swap permitted by the bitter snow driven land only once a year Each year this massive trade fair was held but at this particular rendezvous it was decided that Alexander Mackenzie would lead an xpedition to once again try to find the lusive Northwest Passage Peter Pond a prominent trader who had some spectacularly impressive furs had information from the Red Knife Indians about the Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism existence of a very large river In 1787 Pond met two Indians who said they had traveled up a large river from the Pacific Ocean they bore English blankets from Captain Cook as proof It was the final piece ofvidence Pond needed The search was on but it was Mackenzie and not Pond who would spearhead it2016Brian Castner realised that he would need a paddling partner but No one had a whole summer to devote so I came up with a plan to divide the trip into uarters ask four friends to Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice each join me on a leg they would be like runners in a relay race and pass me as the baton His paddling partners were David Chrisinger Jeremy Howard Beck Landon Phillips and Anthony Sennhenn We paddled anighteen and a half foot Sea Clipper canoe wide and steady as the days designed to track through whitecaps and swallow hundreds of pounds of gear Mr Castner or less alternates between MacKenzie s En plein coeur experiences and his own He diverts to give us a condensed biography of Mackenzie who was born in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis His mother died when he was 12 years old and the family left for the New World However It was the spring of 1775 and when Alexander Mackenzie arrived in New York he discovered that he hadscaped the rural poverty of Scotland for a war Many Scots nded up in Montreal when the American Revolution turned pear shaped for the British and young Alexander was one of these In Montreal he found a job counting beaver furs and thus he became involved in that industry In the course of his career Alexander Mackenzie learned that the farther north one went *the farther west the greater the trials the greater the furs the greater the legend upon returning home and he *farther west the greater the trials the greater the furs the greater the legend upon returning home and he west the greater the trials the greater the furs the
greater the legend upon returning home and he became to find that fabled Northwest PassageMr Castner also backtracks to the war the legend upon returning home and he became to find that fabled Northwest PassageMr Castner also backtracks to the war started in 1754 to provide further background In Great Britain and France it came to be. H American xploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides to find a trade route to the riches of the East What he found was a river that he named Disappointment Mackenzie died thinking he had fai. In the late 18th Century Alexander Mackenzie convinced his mployer the newly formed North West Company that it should help fund his mission to find a northwest river passage to the northern ocean and China Alternating between this original story of xploration and his own 21st Century The Art of Memoir effort to retrace Mackenzie s trek Castner takes the reader on anxciting trip down North America s 2nd longest river system the Mackenzie River Along the way he tells the story of original disappointment when Mackenzie s crew found the sea iced over at the river s mouth all the while he narrates his own voyage of discovery and wonder down the river by canoe and the fact that today the mouth of the Mackenzie dumps into a vast wilderness of open ocean that will turn into a new northwest passage A sub genre I ve developed a taste for canoeing adventures Castner whose voice feels very authentic to me does a magnificent job of telling the story of Alexander Mackenzie 1764 1820 who first for a European traveled this river to its The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life end hoping it would lead to the Northwest Passage providing that long sought access to Asia via North America Castner follows in Mackenzie s wake giving us a then and now story that s a bit of time travel Castner has a voice that s very much his own Hedits his opinion out of most of this story and gives undramatic glimpses of present day traffic along this river or at least 2018 traffic when there was still an oil boom There is a certain flatness to stories of days upon days of paddling but Castner nevertheless manages to tell a good story without adding superfluous flair Along the way he brings Mackenzie out of the shadows of history and gives us a glimpse of what the beaver trade meant at its peak including the interchanges between the Europeans and the First People The river known now as the Mackenzie River is the second longest in North America and it flows through Canada s Northwest TErritories I appreciated the history lesson but something never uite gelled for me Mackenzie traversed those waters via canoe and so I planned the same My choice involved than historic homage it is the perfect slow vehicle to see the country In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie a Scottish xplorer attempted to find the Northwest passage traveling a grueling 1100 hundred miles on a ruthless river through the Arctic wilderness His mission failed as he was thwarted by an unforgiving ice pack In 2016 author and memoirist Brian Castner followed the xplorer s route on the Mackenzie River aka Disappointment River to see if he could succeed where the Scottish man failed Castner presents the story as a dual narrative reconstructing Mackenzie s trip along with his own perilous adventures I njoyed the historical lement although parts of it were a bit dry but I really admired Castner s own documentation It was an incredibly difficult and harrowing trip This was part of North America I knew very little about and found these discoveries fascinating Castner is a gifted writer and one tough son of a gun I did not realize right away that Castner wrote an #excellent memoir about his xperiences as a Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in Ira called The Long # memoir about his xperiences as a Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in Ira called The Long which I loved a few years back I also highly recommend that one Castner wove together a fascinating story of two 1200 mile journeys by canoe down the Mackenzie River also known as the Deh Cho and Disappointment River in Canada s Northwest TerritoriesThe first journey was undertaken in 1789 by a group of voyageurs fur trappers and indigenous guides headed by Alexander Mackenzie The purpose of this Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography expedition was to find a Northwest Passage waterway to the Pacific OceanThe second journey was undertaken in 2016 by the author Brian Castner in a two man canoe in which henlisted four friends to help him paddle down the Mackenzie River in tag team fashion The purpose of Castner s The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, expedition was to recreate Mackenzie s journeyThis was a fascinating read as it was a travelogue tied in with a history of the development of the Northwest Territories and the search for the fabled Northwest Passage in order toxpand the fur trade to China and Northwest Territories and the search for the fabled Northwest Passage in order to xpand the fur trade to China and Castner did an xcellent job of devoting two chapters one for the 1789 xpedition and one for the 2016 xpedition for The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl each leg of the journey down the Mackenzie This method helped to tie the two journeys together It was interesting to see how the river and its inhabitants have changed or remained fairly stagnant through timeCastner is anxcellent writer and I would not hesitate to read of his booksI would Exile and Pilgrim especially like to acknowledge an appreciation for Castner s four friends whondured uite a lot of discomfort to help Castner fulfill this dream Everyone should have friends like these I received a free Kindle copy of Disappointment River by Brian Castner courtesy of Net Galley and Doubleday Books the publisher It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley Goodreads Barnes and Noble and my nonfiction book review blog I also posted it to my Facebook LinkedIn Twitter and Google Plus pagesI reuested this book as the description sounded interesting a mix of history and a modern day reenactment This is the first book by Brian Castner that I have readI had high hopes for this book but unfortunately it was less than stellar The premise of the book is Alexander MacKenzie s search for the Northwest Passage and the author s trip following Mackenzie s path The In 1789 Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had luded mariners for hundreds of years In 2016 the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey and discovered the Passage he could not findDisappointment River is a dual historical narrative and travel memoir that at once transports readers back to the heroic age of Nort. .
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Known as the Seven Years War On the Indian subcontinent it was the Third Carnatic War In Prussia the Third Silesian War In South America the Fantastic War In North America in the colonies where Johnson fought it was called the French and Indian War He also mentions Samuel de Champlain who founded the settlement which became Montreal the arlier Hannah Montana: The Movie explorer Jacues Cartier plus otherxplorers such as James Cook So there is a fair amount of history in this book but of course these aspects are not discussed in any depth as that is not the purpose hereMackenzie travelled with Awgeenah the English Chief his Chipewyan partner in all things and together they nlisted sometimes forcefully the help of other indigenous people along their way They did in fact find a massive river the Deh Cho as it is known to the First Nation people or the Mackenzie River as we now know it Unfortunately he did not realise that at some stage he had turned North and so guess what he nded up at the Arctic Ocean which was not xactly his goal as he was meant to find a route to the Pacific Ocean However months later he returned to Athabasca and not being a uitter So he decided to go to London to study cartography and to purchase the proper instruments a sextant and chronometer and appropriate almanacs before once again setting out and this time finding the desired ocean After which he was duly honoured f ted and the vast river to the North was named after him ven though For him he wrote it was nothing but a voyage down the River Disappointment Mr Castner and his paddle partners canoed the length of the massive Deh ChoMackenzie River closely following Mackenzie s initial attempt which nded at Garry Island or Whale Island per MackenzieThe MacKenzie DeltaattributionHere are some observations by the two sets of xplorers Mackenzie and Awgeenah in 1789 and Brian Castner and his rowing partners in 2016Mackenzie There was a rhythm to these portages Mackenzie saw As they worked their way north and west out of the Great Lakes a simple pattern pervaded Fight a river up the granite carry over the height of land follow the rapids down to a mud lake cross and follow the next stream upriver until you find the granite again A water ladder climbing up and down to traverse the continentThe water turned a shocking Cardiovascular Pet: Current Concepts emerald green the same green as the Niagara below the falls and the rate of the current accelerated still further It bubbled and boiled like the cooking pot of Macbeth s witches and uickened still further pushing them past high mud banks until all at once the current and wind fled and their momentum fadedTheir guide knew that they were in a basin formed long ago by the tail slap of a giant beaver when the animals could speak and wrecked the world But of this lake s nature the consistency of its shore its outlets and destinations he could say nothing to Mackenzie and AwgeenahOne waterfall came after another until the Winnipeg River discharged into a lake of the same name For the first time since Lake Superior the viewxpanded as the last basswood and maple trees fell away Instead prairie hugged the shores Mackenzie marveled at herds of buffalo and saw so many animals birds and fish that he declared There is not perhaps a finer country in the world for the residence of uncivilized man Castner The Slave River is immense as wide as five normal rivers and crisscrossed with pour overs and channels It reminded me of the rapids above Niagara Falls but
times wider The drains northern British Columbia half of Alberta and upper Saskatchewan and the rapids at Fort Smith are formed where a northern uadrant of the Canadian Shield meets the tar sands Flocks of of the Canadian Shield meets the tar sands Flocks of pelicans the northernmost breeding colony on the continent perched on rocks or floated in ddies serene among the boil Sand and granite gulf coast seabirds amid black spruce it was all juxtaposed and spectacular My mind reeled at the view Well this is the Northwest Territories John said This place I thought it s defined by the absence of humans So much space but only forty thousand residents totalThat I remember sitting in a high school class years ago in Canada learning about Alexander Mackenzie s discovery of the Mackenzie River At 1100 miles it is North Americas second largest river Then as per usual in those days I would start to day dream about traversing the river with Mackenzie in his hunt for the northwest passage Alexander Mackenzie made the trip in Jun 1789 with a crew of thirteen made up of voyageurs and native people In June 2016 Brian Castren made the same trip in a fiberglass canoe with all modern uipment and camping food Setting off from the Great Slave Lake at the same spot as Mackenzie he followed his route to the Beaufort Sea The major change in the two hundred plus year is the retreating of the iceThe book is well written and researched Oh how I would have loved to do that trip myself But with the book I can mentally travel it I know the area of the North West Territories fairly well I have kayaked parts of the Mackenzie River as well as the Lake Hattah area back in the 1950s The book is in part the history of the Mackenzie trip of discovery and a travel log by Castren as he made the trip in Mackenzie s footsteps If you like history of discoveryMany Times Wider The
and a travel adventure this book is fora travel adventure this book is for read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is just over twelve hours The author narrated the boo. Led He was wrongIn this book Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli epic voyages in vivid prose he personally retraces his travels battlingxhaustion The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) exposure mosuitoes white water rapids and the threat of bears He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media of tar sands thawing permafrost remote indigenous villages and at thend a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil mone. ,