Encounters from a Kayak: Native People, Sacred Places, and Hungry Polar Bears

Encounters from a Kayak: Native People, Sacred Places, and Hungry Polar Bears

by Nigel Foster

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What makes travel special? Perhaps the chill realization that a polar bear's eyes are fixed on you. Maybe it is the chance meeting with a man who buries sharks in a beach, only to dig them up months later, not out of morbid curiosity, but for food. Perhaps it is the undulating wing-beat of a dark shell-less gastropod in the canal of a 17th Century French sea port, or the criminal history of a rusting ship with a tree growing from its hold.Encounters in a Kayak brings the reader along on the magical experiences that surround sea kayaking. It’s about the animals, people, and special places around the globe that have grabbed the attention of renowned kayaker and writer Nigel Foster. His irrepressible curiosity drives him to tease out the unexpected stories hidden behind his subjects. These nuggets from around the world are bound together by water and a centuries-old form of sea travel: kayak. The result is a book of broad appeal for those interested in kayaking, traveling, and adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762790166
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

World-renownded sea kayaker and adventurer Nigel Foster writes regularly for PaddleWorld and Ocean Paddler magazines and has been published in many other outdoor journals. He gives slide presentations around the world about his kayak expeditions and teaches at sea kayaking symposia. Nigel blogs through his website nigelkayaks.com. He's also the author of several kayaking instructional books and guidebooks. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Foreword vi


1 Monkey Business in the Florida Keys 3

2 1666 and the Sea Hare 8

3 Tubenoses 14

4 Bear, Be Gone! 20

5 Manatees 32

6 Gannets 37

7 Seals and Selkies 44

8 Bioluminescence 47

9 Sitka Humpback Whales 53

10 Peregrines 60

11 Alligators 64

12 Newfoundland Squid 69


13 Ungava Encounter 77

14 Farewell to Phyllis 85

15 Escape from Holland 88

16 Flatey Fishermen 97

17 Muldoan and Maxwell 102

18 Trees with Knees: Boatbuilders in Newfoundland 107

19 When Dead Sharks Have the Last Word 112


20 Searching for Mermaids' Tears 119

21 Kayaking below Sea Level 129

22 Summertime in Sweden 134

23 Queen Charlotte Islands 144

24 Shetland by Sunlight 153

25 Across France by Canal 162

26 Faeroe Islands Reveal a Dark Secret 169

27 Iceland Revisited (Portage) 174

28 When Shanghai Police Have the Last Word 180

Flotsam and Jetsam

29 Helena Star 189

30 In the Wake of the Braer 195

31 Driftwood 202

32 Whisky on the Rocks 206

33 Seiche 212

34 Norma and Gladys 216

35 Glass Fishing Floats 223

36 When Lightning Strikes 227

37 On the Trail of a B-17 232

38 Watermills and Whale Ears 237

39 When Whales Have the Last Word 244

Appendix 248

Acknowledgments 250

Index 251

About the Author 256

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