Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was two years young when author and adventurer Laurie Apgar Chandler embarked on a unique journey. After trekking its panoramic peaks on the International Appalachian Trail, she traded her hiking boots for a solo canoe. Laurie followed age-old waterways into the upper watershed of the Penobscot River’s East Branch, then descended its wild waters and quiet byways, through the heart of the monument.
Hers is a story of shared discovery, highlighting the region’s ancient geology, rich history, and natural wonders.
"Following in the footsteps and paddle strokes of her marvelous book, Upwards,” writes Jeffrey H. Ryan, author of Hermit, “Laurie Chandler’s latest adventure reminds us that while a map can set our course, letting the journey itself be our muse is the greatest guidance of all."