Alone on the Shield: A Novel by Kirk Landers

“I hope you get drafted, I hope you go to Vietnam, I hope you get shot, and I hope you die there. Those words, spoken in the anger of youth, marked the end of the torrid 1960s college romance of Annette DuBose and Gabe Pender. She would marry a fellow antiwar activist and end up immigrating to Canada. He would fight in Vietnam and come home to build an American dream kind of life—a great career, a trophy wife, and a life of wealth and privilege. Forty years later, they have reconnected and discovered a shared passion: solo canoeing in Ontario’s raw Quetico wilderness. They decide to meet again to get caught up on old times, but not in a restaurant or coffee shop—they agree to meet on an island deep in the Quetico wilds. Though they try to control their expectations for the rendezvous, they both approach the island with a growing realization of the emotional void in their lives and wonder how different everything might have been if they had spent their lives together. They must overcome challenges just to reach the island, then encounter the greatest challenges of all—each other, and a weather event for the ages. Alone on the Shield is a story about the Vietnam war and the things that connect us. It is the story of aging Baby Boomers, of the rare kinds of people who paddle alone into the wilderness, and of the kind of adventure that comes only to the bold and the brave.”

Quetico Provincial Park: is a large wilderness park in Northwest Ontario Canada, known for its excellent canoeing and fishing. This 1,180,000-acre park shares its southern border with Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness which is part of the larger Superior National Forest These large wilderness parks are often collectively referred to as the Boundary Waters or the Quetico Superior Country

Derecho Storm: A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a land-based, fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms. Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods.

My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book and I didn’t want it to end. Kirk Landers writing is wonderful, energetic and exciting. Yes, this book is about canoeing and wilderness. Two things I am passionate about but isn’t that why we read? If you have an afternoon or two I highly suggest picking this up to read. Sorry no spoilers here! Except I never want to experience a derecho storm while on the water, it would be catastrophic..

Cheers….

Alone on the Shield by Kirk Landers.
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Bicentennial Barns

On a trip through portions of Ohio last summer I discovered a love of the State’s Bicentennial barns. Now I have always had a passion for barns, however these beauties take the cake. Ohio Celebrated it’s Bicentennial 1803-2003 and artist Scott Hagan completed his five-year mission of painting the Bicentennial logo on at least one barn in each of the 88 counties in 2002. Pretty impressive accomplishment if you ask me. I have been able to photograph only six of these barns. I do however hope to return over the next several years and record the remaining. As I understand some have been repainted or destroyed.

Location: Coshocton County 54210 Rt. 36, Fresno; just east of intersection SR 93 and U.S. Route 36. Latitude: N40 17.50 Longitude: W81 43.44 This was the 20th barn to be painted.
Location: Coshocton County 54210 Rt. 36, Fresno; just east of intersection SR 93 and U.S. Route 36. Latitude:
N40 17.50 Longitude:
W81 43.44 This was the 20th barn to be painted.
Location: Crawford County 3536 State Route 598, Crestline; SR 598 about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 30 Latitude: N40 50.04 Longitude: W82 47.32 This was the 18th barn to be painted.
Location: Crawford County 3536 State Route 598, Crestline; SR 598 about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 30 Latitude: N40 50.04
Longitude: W82 47.32
This was the 18th barn to be painted.
Location: Hancock County 20442 US 224 East; SR 224, about 7 miles east of Findlay. Latitude: N41° 04.23 Longitude: W83° 29.16 This was the 15th barn to be painted.
Location: Hancock County 20442 US 224 East; SR 224, about 7 miles east of Findlay.
Latitude: N41° 04.23
Longitude: W83° 29.16
This was the 15th barn to be painted.
Location: Holmes County 7260 SR 83, just south of Holmesville  Latitude: N40 37.29 Longitude: W81 55.05 This was the 47th barn to be painted
Location: Holmes County 7260 SR 83, just south of Holmesville
Latitude: N40 37.29
Longitude: W81 55.05
This was the 47th barn to be painted
Location: Summit County At 3742 Hudson Drive. Visible from Rt 8 just north of Silver Lake exit. Latitude: N41 10.28 Longitude: W81 28.68 This was the 77th barn to be painted.
Location: Summit County At 3742 Hudson Drive. Visible from Rt 8 just north of Silver Lake exit.
Latitude: N41 10.28
Longitude: W81 28.68
This was the 77th barn to be painted.
Location: Fulton County 21157 U.S. 20A in Archbold. Latitude: N41 34.11 Longitude: W84 16.48 This was the 37th barn to be painted.
Location: Fulton County
21157 U.S. 20A in Archbold.
Latitude: N41 34.11
Longitude: W84 16.48
This was the 37th barn to be painted.
May 20, 2012 view from SR 65 of the Putnam County "Ohio Bicentennial" barn, just south of Columbus Grove, OH. Destroyed 40 days later by derecho thunderstorm complex. Location: Putnam County On Rt 65 south of Rt 12 intersection by .5 mile. Latitude: N40 54.55 Longitude: W84 04.05 This was the 55th barn to be painted. Ohio Barns
May 20, 2012 view from SR 65 of the Putnam County “Ohio Bicentennial” barn, just south of Columbus Grove, OH. Destroyed 40 days later by derecho thunderstorm complex.
Location: Putnam County On Rt 65 south of Rt 12 intersection by .5 mile.
Latitude: N40 54.55
Longitude: W84 04.05
This was the 55th barn to be painted.
Ohio Barns
"After" photo, July 23, 2012, of ruins of Ohio Bicentennial barn for Putnam County, just south of Columbus Grove, OH. Destroyed by severe derecho storm of June 29.
“After” photo, July 23, 2012, of ruins of Ohio Bicentennial barn for Putnam County, just south of Columbus Grove, OH. Destroyed by severe derecho storm of June 29.