By Gisela Hausmann , Author and Blogger on July 21, 2015
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I love Lloyd Antypowich’s books. Ever since I have accepted that in this lifetime I won’t be able to see all the world’s wonders I want to see I decided to simply read up on adventures I may not be able to experience. Hiking in the Canadian wilderness is one of these adventures. Author Lloyd Antypowich happens to be an expert in this field. The Canadian wilderness close to Horsefly, Canada is his backyard.
“A Chip Off The Old Block” is his daughter Cherie, who inherited her love for the great outdoors from her father. She does what I probably won’t be able to do, she treks the wilderness, guides hunters and cooks for them, sleeps in lodges and even experiences heart stopping adventures.
“… It was then that she saw the two grizzly bears. They were still quite a ways from her camp, so she sat down with her gun and camera at her side and proceeded to write in her journal. When she looked up again, there were the two grizzly bears not a hundred yards away, sitting and looking at her camp. She thought, Oh great. She got her gun and went into the horse fence. This was the first time she had seen a grizzly bear so close. She took some pictures, but the grizzly bears kept coming closer….”
Since I don’t do spoilers you’ll have to find out for yourself what happened.
The reader can connect with nature; reading this book is the next best thing to actually being there. Set aside adventures with grizzly bears I wanted to be there and see the lodges in the wilderness and the trails with an “… abundance of large blueberries and huckleberries …”, which would be served with fresh pancakes. Cherie also bakes fresh bread herself (I love eating fresh bread just like the hunters in the book.) Cherie’s and Lloyd’s world is full of amazing mountains, rivers that are being crossed on horseback, horses and dogs, grizzly bears, moose, and other wild animals.
I think one of the reasons why I like reading about these remote regions off Horsefly, Canada is that it assures me that the world is still ok. While global warming seems to have huge effects on many regions, at least some parts of Canada are still ok.
“A Chip Off The Old Block” also features stories from “the chip” – Cherie.
“A Piece of Heaven”. “Trail-Cutting in the Niagara”, “An Opportunity of a Lifetime”, “Wrangler Wrap”, “A Trip to Africa: The Realization of a Dream as told” – Cherie and her husband Stu got to hunt in the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve and also see the Victoria Falls.
“A Chip Off The Old Block” may not be a heart stopping adventure, a baffling mystery, or a riveting sci-fi story but then again it is all that. There can’t be a more heart stopping adventure than looking a grizzly bear into the eye, there can’t be any more baffling mystery than why this planet is so beautiful, and sadly, global warming may create conditions that a trip into this wilderness will sound like a sci-fi story.
Noteworthy: This book contains beautiful pictures, even though they are black and white, they are enticing, showing an untouched wilderness many of us would like to experience.
Highly recommended. 5 stars,
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
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