MOAC General Meeting – Laurie Apgar Chandler

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Date(s) - Wed, Oct 02, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Allen Ave Unitarian Universalist Church
524 Allen Avenue, Portland, ME, USA

United States

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MOAC meetings are open to the public.

Social hour at 6, meeting at 7.

Upwards: The Story of the First Woman to Solo Thru-Paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

At age 53, Laurie Apgar Chandler became the first woman to solo thru-paddle New England’s Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Traveling 740 miles alone in a small canoe, she encountered challenges that pushed her to the limits of her courage and endurance. But for every moment of wild weather, upstream struggle, or exhausting portage, there was the joy of seeing nature in all its glory and drama. Join the author as she shares stories and photos from her 53-day expedition. Copies of Upwards will be available for purchase, at a cost of $17.95 plus tax – credit cards, checks, and cash accepted. The book is also available on Kindle.

Laurie Apgar Chandler daydreamed about moving to Maine for years. In 2003, she and her two children finally did, buying a log cabin surrounded by lakes and ponds. Changing careers from forest research to special education, she remarried, and discovered a new passion, wilderness canoeing. After losing her husband, Laurie began taking longer and longer journeys alone. In the summer of 2015, she surprised even herself by solo thru-paddling the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail in a new 13-foot Kevlar canoe.  Laurie lives in Bremen and works at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta. Upwards, published October 2017, provides one of the first looks at the country’s longest mapped inland paddling trail, weaving faith, nature, and the goodness of people into an old-fashioned adventure tale.

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