Last week, a co-worker sent around a link to a documentary trailer that really piqued my interest. This multi-award winning film is a story of a group of relatively ordinary men led by an extraordinary and somewhat mysterious leader on a snowmobiling expedition from Minnesota to Moscow in the dark days of the Cold War. Now, what isn't there to love about that?!?
Obviously, the trailer hooked me and after telling my roomies about it we decided to give it a go and downloaded it from the Wild Bill's Run film website. There is a minimum $6 donation to download/stream the film and it is totally worth it.
At this time of terrible news and unrest coming from the Ukraine and Russia it was really interesting to watch this film where, in 1972, a bunch of guys left the comforts of their homes and families to go on an adventure and prove the point that people are people no matter where they are from... as long as the politicians just get out of the way - or in this case avoided. Perhaps they weren't the most prepared or had all their paperwork in order but that was the beside the point. They were out there tackling terrain with gear not really suitable for the elements and in locations in the high Arctic where few humans of any lineage have ever explored. For this point alone they all deserve a solid high-five or at least a good beer cheers.
The final mystery of what happened Wild Bill Cooper may forever be left unsolved but his story and the legacy of this expedition will never be forgotten.
On May 6, 2014, the life of an amazing Canadian writer ended. Farley Mowat was six days shy of his 93rd birthday when he passed away but with his scores of books and a seemingly endless array of environmental and social involvement throughout his well lived life it is clear his legacy will carry on for generations.
I had not read any of Farley's books when I was in school growing up so knew very little about him, his writings or environmentalism work. Since the news of his passing I have started to delve further in to Farley's world and I wanted to revisit a documentary I watched about a year ago.
Picked up from the Calgary Public Library the National Film Board film called Finding Farley is just over an hour long and tells the story of a family retracing the literary footsteps of Farley Mowat, starting in Canmore, AB all the way to Arviat, NT... by canoe! . The canoe not only carried the paddling expertise of the husband and wife team but also tagging along was their 2-year old son and the family dog. Amazing story and after watching it again last night I have been reignited by the adventure bug. Time to read more Mowat and get out on the land.
Do you have a favourite Farley Mowat book?