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Pancakes and Coffee: A Canoe Trek Through the Alaskan Wilderness Paperback – March 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: D & C Myers Publishing; 1st edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966817613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966817614
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,171,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

I was captivated by the suspense that Gary experienced in his travels. The daily encounters with whales, bears and weather enticed me to keep reading until I finished the book. I recommend it to anyone who, in his dreams, would like to experience these adventures , but are tied to the daily tasks that prevent them from doing so.

About the Author

The author, a native of Plainfield, Illinois, left the area in 1975 to travel the world. Twelve years ago he settled in the southern part of Alaska, where he continues to live in the wilderness as a hermit. Gary attended Illinois State University, where he received a BS in Psychology and Industrial Technology. he spent several years in the military, where he honed the survival skills he uses today. Along the way he married, had two children (now fully grown) and divorced after five years in 1978. It was then that he began to "roam" as he calls it. "I just feel like I belong there," he says. "I love the freedom."

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marlene E. Jones on March 31, 2000
I was privileged to personally interview this fascinating author on two separate occasions. Gary Lee Myers is living his dream of "roaming" free in the Southeastern Alaskan wilderness. One of his treks takes him on a dangerous ocean canoe trip, and that, basically, is what this story is about. The title, Pancakes & Coffee, doesn't give a hint of the thrilling adventures experienced by the author and quite skillfully documented on every page of the book. Survival skills are also taught therein. I'd recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy reading a fast-paced, captivating true story of a well-connected, well-educated Alaskan hermit, and to those who may have the same dream of living a simple, uncomplicated life, free from worldly trappings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B.Myers on May 14, 2001
This book ranks up there with Bob Marshall's exploration of the Brooks Range, in my opinion. Sure, there's some parts that need literary polish, but at the core this is an adventure story written by the adventurer. There's not many of those around any more. We're all too busy doing what "Mother Culture" is telling us to do, so we can only dream of doing what the author has done.
I wish the author would do an updated edition with deeper treatment of the feelings and thoughts that he experienced during his adventure. They have to be fascinating!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan on October 11, 2002
How many people do you know that explore unknown territory and risk their lives for adventure and freedom? How many people do you know that do not have daily conveniences like television, cell phones, grocery stores, medical doctors, medicine, electricity, etc.? How many people do you know have had encounters with bears, whales, unpredictable and unbearable weather while living in a tent, and have no one available to help for hundreds of miles? Gary Myers is a person who lives this way. There are not too many people alive today that would choose to live without modern conveniences. This book is a true adventure story about a modern day explorer. Escape the daily grind and find out what it is like to sacrifice daily conveniences for a life full of freedom and adventure.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vsandiford on June 19, 2006
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This was a terrible book, a complete waste of time. I LOVE adventure stories but had to force myself to finish this one. When I finished, I thought, "what was that all about?" It left me wondering how this book was ever published. It was awful. The author is paranoid. He's canoeing in the wilderness, meets a nice couple out for the day, and rather than talk to them, he's afraid they will raid his cache when he leaves. Very wierd.

I suggest instead: One Man's Wilderness by Sam Keith, if you're looking for Alaska adventure stories, or "Four Seasons North" by Billie Wright, or "Arctic Daughter" by Jean Aspen, or my favorite classic, "Driftwood Valley" by Theodora Stanwell-Fletcher. They're not canoeing, but they are real adventure stories.

This book is the boring story of moving gear from one spot in Alaska to another. That's it. nothing more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert on October 15, 2001
If you are looking for a TRUE adventure story about someone who actually fights for his life on a daily basis and records his experiences,then you will enjoy this book.How many people do you know in this modern era of technology who battle mother nature and explore areas of the world where there are no other people? If you are looking for perfect linguistics and punctuation, then this book is not for you. The auther does not seem to be the type of person who sits in a college and studies the perfect usage of the English language. He is putting his life on the line and wondering how he will survive. I doubt that there are many people today who would rough it in this way. Most people are too lazy and have too many modern conveniences. It is good to know that there is still this type of rare courageous individual in the world today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2001
DON'T BUY THIS BOOK --- UNLESS --- You want a real life adventure that demonstrates expert survival skills.The ability to navigate a canoe in the ocean, battling the adverse conditions of changing winds,fog and waves. Traveling alone over 300 miles in 45 days with no replenishment of supplies. His writing technique reveals that of a typical outdoorsman being plain spoken and to the point. A laymans knowledge of the perils that exist traveling the Alaskan coast is necessary for a reader to appreciate this book. There are not many who would survive this adventure. Experience unorthodox attempts to counteract loneliness and frustration in accomplishing his goals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 17, 2006
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I have read many books on Alaska and the people who explore it. This is the first time I have felt compelled to comment on one. I have no idea what this book is about. Mr. Myers seems to have no idea what it is about either. He seems to spend all his time grumbling about the weather, about other people,even about the silence of the wilderness. He has to yell or worse fire his gun to break the silence! Then he wonders what the bears & other wildlife think about the noise he has made. He should crawl back into his storage container & stay there. Leave the outdoors to the people who respect it and enjoy it. Tina M.
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