Famed rocket scientist Wernher von Braun once said that the space rocket "will free man from ... the chains of gravity ... It will open to him the gates of heaven" [source: Gaither]. Is it possible the first canoeists felt the same way about their boats?
Like spaceships, canoes allowed our early ancestors to escape the confines of land, letting them explore places that were just as mysterious and alluring to them as outer space is to us today. Peoples around the globe -- from the Native North Americans to the Polynesians -- discovered that anywhere they could paddle a canoe, they could experience adventure; in fact, some experiences would have been impossible without them.
But what about today? Can you still seek out adventure via canoe? Sure you can; it just depends on what kind of adventure you crave. (Adventure is subjective, after all.) Whether you're looking to shoot the rapids, get an up-close look at exotic wildlife or simply taste the life of a vastly different culture, here are 10 canoe adventures (listed in horological order, eastward from the Prime Meridian) to consider.