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Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage

Paddling North: A Solo Adventure Along the Inside Passage

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In a tale remarkable for its quiet confidence and acute natural observation, the author of Paddling Hawaii begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer-long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. Paddling North is a compilation of Sutherland’s first two (of over 20) such annual trips and her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. With illustrations and the author’s recipes.


Audrey Sutherland was known for her solo wilderness expeditions and admired for her philosophy, “Go simple, go solo, go now,” which she lived fully until age 94. Growing up in California and then moving to Hawai‘i in 1952, Audrey raised her 4 children as a single mom and supported her family by working as a school counselor. In 1962, she decided to explore the coast of Molokaʻi by swimming it while towing a raft with supplies, the first of countless solo adventures by this remarkable woman.


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