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In Alexander Mackenzie traveledmiles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years In 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 North American. 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 euipment 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 discovery and a travel adventure this book is for youI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is just over twelve hours The author narrated the book Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark 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 North American. 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 euipment 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 discovery and a travel adventure this book is for youI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is I Love You Almost Always just over twelve hours The author narrated the book

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Exploration 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 failed He. 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 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 he enlisted four friends to help him paddle down the Mackenzie River in tag team fashion The purpose of Castner s 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 to expand the fur trade to China and Russia Castner did an excellent job of devoting two chapters one for the 1789 expedition and one for the 2016 expedition for 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 an excellent writer and I would not hesitate to read of his booksI would especially like to acknowledge an appreciation for Castner s four friends who endured uite a lot of discomfort to help Castner fulfill this dream Everyone should have friends like these El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro journeys by canoe down the Mackenzie River also known as the Deh Cho and Disappointment River in Canada s Northwest TerritoriesThe first Fragonard Art and Eroticism journey was undertaken in 1789 by a group of voyageurs fur trappers and indigenous guides headed by Alexander Mackenzie The purpose of this expedition was to find a Northwest Passage waterway to the Pacific OceanThe second Mao Zedong journey was undertaken in 2016 by the author Brian Castner in a two man canoe in which he enlisted four friends to help him paddle down the Mackenzie River in tag team fashion The purpose of Castner s expedition was to recreate Mackenzie s The Monarchs Are Missing 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 to expand the fur trade to China and Russia Castner did an excellent Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding journey down the Mackenzie This method helped to tie the two Love is Blind journeys together It was interesting to see how the river and its inhabitants have changed or remained fairly stagnant through timeCastner is an excellent writer and I would not hesitate to read of his booksI would especially like to acknowledge an appreciation for Castner s four friends who endured uite a lot of discomfort to help Castner fulfill this dream Everyone should have friends like these

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Was wrongIn this book Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie's epic voyages in vivid prose he personally retraces his travels battling exhaustion 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 the end a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money. I appreciated the history lesson but something never uite gelled for me


10 thoughts on “Disappointment River

  1. says:

    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

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    “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 and exposed just put one foot in front of the other paddle to the next p

  3. says:

    Marco Polo Columbus Magellan Henry Hudson Captain Cook Alexander Mackenzie Lewis ClarkMackenzie? We know the names of the great explorers for both good and bad with one big exception Alexander Mackenzie I had read something about him as a kid and was fascinated by his story Finallywith Castner's book published i

  4. says:

    Interesting research but clearly written for a macho male audienceSee my other ten word book reviews at my blog tenwordbookreviewswordpresscom

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    I received a free Kindle copy of

  6. says:

    Castner wove together a fascinating story of two 1200 mile journeys by canoe down the Mackenzie River also known as the Deh

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    “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 explorer attempted to find the Northwest passage traveling a grueling 1100 hundred miles on a ruthless river

  8. says:

    I appreciated the history lesson but something never uite gelled for me

  9. says:

    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 end hoping it would lead to the Northwest Passage providing that long sought access to A

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    In the late 18th Century Alexander Mackenzie convinced his employer the newly formed North West Company that it

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