Historic Palmyra will host David Ellingson as he discusses his book, “Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Erie Canal and Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty,” and his kayaking adventures at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Alling Coverlet Museum, 122 William St., Palmyra.
“Paddle Pilgrim” chronicles Ellingson’s three-week trek down the Erie Canal and Hudson River toward the Statue of Liberty. The book features daily travel posts, reflective ponderings and pictures from the journey.
Readers will learn about the region’s history, ecology, architecture, nutrition, justice and spirituality as Elligson traveled down its waterways.
Ellingson’s 500-mile adventure spent two weeks on the canal starting from Lake Erie, and continued through 36 locks, under 360 bridges and with visits to historic canal towns. He traveled down the Hudson River for one week past West Point, Bear Mountain, George Washington Bridge and New York City toward the Statue of Liberty.
“It had been on my bucket list since I was a boy and lived on the banks of the Hudson River,” Ellingson said.
Ellingson also wrote “Paddle Pilgrim: An Adventure of Spirit and Learning Kayaking the Mississippi River” about his 2,300-mile kayak trip down the Mississippi River in 2012.
The Edmonds, Washington, resident taught courses in spirituality, environmental ethics, human development and youth ministry at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington. He is a Lutheran pastor, Master Gardner, former distance runner and triathlete.
“Paddle Pilgrim” is available on Amazon in print and digital format as well as directly from the author.
Historic Palmyra’s five museums are open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays for tours.
For information, call 315-597-6981 or visit historicpalmyrany.com.