James writes: I didn’t know Herb Pohl well but when he died in tragic and possibly mysterious circumstances I was sure we had lost one of the great characters of contemporary wilderness canoeing. What I didn’t know was how much writing he had done about the trips he had taken, after being introduced to canoeing in his 30s. His close friends found on his desk, after his untimely death on Lake Superior, a series of journal excerpts and some other writing that he was planning to turn into a book that he wanted to call “The Lure of Faraway Places.” One of those friends called me and asked if I would help do just that. Of course, I said “yes” and expected that as a favour to Herb we would gather together his writings, tidy them up, copy them and have a few dozen copies bound for his close friends and family. However, instead of finding a series of trip journal excerpts, I found a cohesive multi-intalment story about one man’s love affair with the wilderness. It was my pleasure to edit and polish the manuscript on Herb’s behalf and to work with Barry Penhale and Jane Gibson at Natural Heritage Press (now Dundurn) to publish a very fine book for all to see and appreciate. Herb was truly a remarkable man.