It was incredibly quiet. The water lapped against the shore. An intermittent rustle of breezy branches. There was no other sound. You could strain and still find none. It is one of the things I go for, one of the things I want. At the same time it is mildly unnerving. It means something serious and important. This silence isn't kidding. You are alone. Each year Dave Curran travels alone by canoe into the Maine wilderness. He's paddled the Seboeis, the Allagash, and the Moose. Despite the risk of such an adventure, he prefers to go alone. It's easier to plan, and going alone he's more focused, less distracted. He goes for the challenge, battling weather, bears, black flies, mosquitoes, getting lost. He goes for the scenery, the wildness, the silence, the peace. An insightful and compelling read for all who dream of making this kind of backcountry trip.