A Walk Across Michigan Booklog

In a Walk Across Michigan I mentioned the book Paddle to the Sea:

Paddle to the Sea, by Holling C. Holling, was one of my boyhood favorites.  It’s the story of a young Indian boy who carves a little man in a 12-inch canoe that he names Paddle-to-the Sea.  He sets the canoe off on a journey from the snowy banks of a river on the Canadian side of Lake Superior and it travels through the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way there are dangers and adventures and each time Paddle-to-the-Sea appears to have come to the end of his voyage, a kind stranger picks him up, reads the words carved on its side, “Put me back in the water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea,” and gently sends it back out into the world.

At the end of the story, years later, the young Indian boy, now a man, learns that his little boat is the subject of a newspaper story and has made a journey all the way to France . . .

This is my first book and, as I shove it off, like a little piece of twig into the torrent of words rushing headlong into the river of literature, I bid it farewell and wish it a joyous journey of adventure.  Be strong, my little baby book.  Watch out for the haters and bandersnatches.  Make the Long Journey.  Ride the raging rapids.  Sail the bountiful seas to exotic ports of call.  Return to me laden with stories and riches from your voyages.

Ok.  I don’t know about you, but that’s about as maudlin as I can stand.

Like the little boy in Paddle-to-the-Sea, however, I would very much like to know where my little book wanderer has been to, so I created a special “Booklog,” where I can track its journeys and you can follow the progress of it, too, if you want.  I think it will be fun to watch. You can add your details by clicking the button below.

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This Is Where A Walk Across Michigan Has Traveled

Timestamp Name Age Gender Hometown/State Country Occupation Discovery Questions/Comments
9/21/2016 16:16:57 Adam 35-49 Male Sioux falls SD United States Saw it on Amazon
6/28/2016 18:59:59 Marlene 50-59 Female Hartland, MI USA Word of mouth Book #2
5/29/2016 9:41:36 Mitch Wood 50-59 Male Lansing, MI Usa Attorney Word of mouth As I creep toward retirement myself, and as an adventure wannabe, I’m really looking forward to this book. Congrats on your accomplishment, Bill!
4/13/2016 20:41:36 Barbara Smith 70-79 Female Farmington Hills, MI USA Homemaker Newspaper/magazine story I thoroughly enjoyed your book, Will; your positive and enthusiastic attitude and outlook on life is contagious and inspiring! Your descriptions of the little towns, stores, campgrounds, etc. made me feel I truly was following in your footsteps all the way. Thank you for the humor (we need a lot more of that these days!) and thank you for the detailed historical info on so many topics. I especially enjoyed reading about the ice industry and the man who worked so hard to get ice down to the islands; I remember the description Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote in Farmer Boy when the French Canadian men came to cut the ice from the frozen lake or river for Almonzo’s parents’ ice house. I hate to admit it (although you made me admit it twice in the registrations!) that I am old enough to remember the ice man delivering a block of ice every few days to my neighbors next door. Thanks for giving your readers lots of research reading to do to learn more about these interesting topics. I think we may just do some hiking once again! I am delighted I can share book #31 with someone now. The best of everything to you!!
3/5/2016 2:23:08 Lindsay Swartz 26-35 Female Naples Italy Nurse My uncle sent me his book!
2/24/2016 19:27:17 Joyce Brooks 60-69 Female Westland, MI USA school secretary Word of mouth Bill, I got really caught up in this book, as if I were right there with you along the trail. Your tale seemed exciting and new, yet familiar and comfortable at the same time. Don’t know how you accomplished that, but it was a real pleasure. Thanks.
2/23/2016 20:44:19 Kerosene 50-59 Male Plymouth, MN USA Healthcare IT product executive Saw it on Amazon
1/15/2016 20:32:54 charlie lyon 60-69 Male ithaca, mi usa Farm work Facebook Well done. I’ve done the shore to shore many times but still learned a lot from your book! Looking forward to next summer’s ride more than ever! Thanks!
1/7/2016 9:33:02 Tag Along 60-69 Male Canton/MI USA author Saw it on Amazon Yeah, baby!
1/1/2016 9:53:38 35-49 Male Dexter United States electrical engineer Bookstore, Nicola’s books in Ann Arbor in the Michigan Author Section As an outdoor lover(whitetail hunter, hiker, and fishermen), the cover of the book caught my attention. When I saw it was about hiking for many days, I had to get it! I am very glad I did. Will has a way of pulling you into the book to make you want to continue reading. I will recommend to friends.
12/25/2015 20:50:03 Tom Grant 50-59 Male Troy Michigan USA Bank Manager Saw it on Amazon
12/14/2015 13:43:47 Michele Arble 35-49 Female Redford USA Data Technician Word of mouth, Book club Travel book #4
12/13/2015 20:42:43 60-69 Female Wayne United States retired secretary Word of mouth This book was very entertaining and funny.
11/22/2015 16:28:57 Stacey Banks 35-49 Female Plymouth USA Special Education Teacher Word of mouth This book, written by a man who encouraged me to try a different path, has inspired me in many ways. I, too, had a difficult transition at work and am looking toward a brighter future that is right around the corner. Keep living life to the fullest and keep writing, I will definitely keep reading!!
11/22/2015 13:03:20 Therese 60-69 Female BIG RAPIDS United States Retired School Psychologist Newspaper/magazine story
11/10/2015 14:28:26 Jackie 50-59 Female Garden City USA Media Clerk Friend
10/21/2015 12:51:12 Bea Kay 50-59 Female Fenton United States Housewife Word of mouth Great book!
10/11/2015 8:43:12 Julie Roberts 60-69 Female Wayne, MI usa secretary/wanna be author Word of mouth Mr. Bill! I thoroughly enjoyed your book, and while reading, took a trip back in time to the IMC days under your supervision, remembering your quick wit and sense of humor. I found myself smiling, while reading, hearing your voice through your words. I wish you all the best in your retirement quest to do good things, knowing Kate will join you soon. Happy Trails!!
Julie Roberts
10/8/2015 12:17:21 Geoff Koglin 60-69 Male Adrian, Michigan USA Director of Bereavement Services – Hospice of Lenawee Whiteblaze.com directing to Amazon Been section hiking AT for last two years and looking for backpacking hikes in Michigan. Your book, I anticipate, will be a timely resource as STS is an established trail.
9/28/2015 10:52:30 Kevin Crawford 35-49 Male Kalkaska USA Accountant Saw it on Amazon Nice story, I did not realize that the STS crossed in kalkaska
9/26/2015 7:53:01 Chris Rayner 60-69 Female Hale USA Retired Word of mouth Thanks, Will, for a wonderful adventure shared with the world!!!
9/9/2015 19:22:06 Kate Swartz 60-69 Female Canton, Michigan USA Administrative Assistant I live with the author. Good job, Will! Your book is an enjoyable read. Love your sense of humor.
9/9/2015 11:34:51 Will Swartz 60-69 Male Canton, MI USA Creative Projects Director Voices inside my head! Where’s Will now?