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Westward Whoa: In the Wake of Lewis and Clark
One hundred and ninety years after Lewis and Clark failed to discover the Northwest Passage, W. Hodding Carter and Preston Maybank set out upstream at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, destined to repeat history. Westward Whoa is the rollicking account of this modern-day remounting of the great expedition across the territory of the Louisiana Purchase ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by Simon & Schuster
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I read this book in 10th Grade and absolutely loved it. It was all I wanted to talk about in my social studies class (well that and Ayn Rand if we're being honest). I still think all the time about something I learned in this book, which is that sweet corn is only grown on the outer two or three rows of corn an American farmer grows. The rest is all feed corn.
A somewhat silly look at two guys attempting to follow Lewis & Clark across America by boat, foot, and horse. Except that Lewis & Clark knew what they were doing and these guys are boneheads. At least the author is a pretty good writer, even if his outdoorsmanship is severely lacking.
I'll always remember this book! It's the true story of two guys in a rubber raft recreating the Lewis and Clark trail. Throughout the whole journey, they hear about a hoard of well-funded proctologists who did the same thing (in much better style) the year before. Very fun book!
A native of Greenville, Mississippi, W. Hodding Carter attended Kenyon College and spent two years in Kenya with the Peace Corps. He has written for several national magazines, including Esquire, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and Outside. He lives with his family in Rockport, Maine.More about W. Hodding Carter IV...