Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe

Category: Memoir
Author: Thomas Elpel
Publisher: HOPS Press
Publication Date: April 15, 2020
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN-10: 1892784505
ISBN-13: 978-1892784506

Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe by Thomas Elpel is a bold and daring adventure that follows Thomas and his friends when they decided to carve and paddle a dugout canoe along the Missouri River. It was supposed to be a re-enactment of the journey of well-known explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This exciting expedition began from the moment that Tom connected with Churchill Clark, the great-great-great-great grandson of Captain Clark. They carved a canoe and brought in other friends with additional canoes. What followed was an adventure christened the Missouri River Corps of Rediscovery Expedition that followed the intrepid characters as they paddled the 2,341-mile Missouri, the trail that Lewis and Clark followed for five months. Follow them as they encounter the natives along the way, exploring nature, and documenting each moment with stunning photography.

This is a book like no other and the author invites readers to relive a wonderful expedition with him and his companions. It reads like fiction, except that the colorful pictures are so telling and real. Just the idea of following the trail blazed by historical figures is already something incredible, but actually spending five months leisurely on the path is like bringing history to life. It is what happens in this book, a nonfiction book that will inspire readers to do the one thing they have always wanted to do. Readers will discover in the author a man athirst for adventure, incredibly creative, and fun to be with. The book is narrated in a voice that is both passionate and clear. Five Months on the Missouri River offers a rollicking ride and features imagery that will instantly capture the hearts of history aficionados and fans of nature. 

Reviewed By: Cristina Prescott


Date: January 9, 2023