Drive readers have sent in their lists, including achievements. Here are a few excerpts from their stories.
In my early 30s, I began living in Minnesota, the heart of our nation’s best canoe country. Building on previous canoeing experiences in the Ozarks, I paddled upper Midwestern rivers and through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) on numerous trips.
Seeking more adventurous canoeing experiences, I joined a canoe association and learned about canoe travel on wild rivers in Canada. I jump-started my Canadian canoeing with a monthlong trip on the first modern descent of the Quoich River near the Arctic Circle.
Since then I’ve paddled two dozen seldom-traveled, wild rivers in the boreal forests of Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, as well as the tundra in Nunavut Territory. This past summer’s canoe trip was a real classic tundra expedition in which six of us paddled 400 miles on the Kazan, Ferguson, and Wilson Rivers, ending at Whale Cove on Hudson Bay. Along the way we photographed numerous muskoxen and tens of thousands of caribou as well as unique rock structures built by the Inuit during their 10,000-year occupation of the Barren Lands. The lake trout and grayling we caught had never seen a lure.