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About a quarter century ago, a previously unknown writer named William Least Heat-Moon wrote a book called Blue Highways. Acclaimed as a classic, it was a travel book like no other. Quirky, discursive, endlessly curious, Heat-Moon had embarked on an American journey off the beaten path. Sticking to the small places via the small roads--those colored blue on maps--he uncovered a nation deep in character, story, and charm. Now, for the first time since Blue Highways, Heat-Moon is back on the backroads. ROADS TO QUOZ is his lyrical, funny, and touching account of a series of American journeys into small-town America.
Dividing the state into four distinctive geographical regions-- Eastern South Dakota; the Missouri River and Great Lakes; Western South Dakota; and the Black Hills and Badlands--this book follows highway routes, engagingly recounting the history of the Indians (primarily Lakota) and the early white settlers, geographical features, past and present South Dakotan life and culture, and innumerable other fascinating aspects of the state. Includes numerous maps, illustrations, and historical photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc. , Portland, Or.
The book is all about roadside America, road trips and attractions in various regions of America.
As a college student, the author decided that he wanted to study the men who have been called hobos, those who travel by hopping freight trains, and who live however they can. He wanted to know whether their lifestyle was as attractive as it seemed to many young people.
Detailed coverage is given of the magnificent Carpathians and Dracula's homeland, Transylvania.
Beginning with the ground on which Rome first rose, this book conjures past and present cities, conducting the reader through time and space to the complex and shifting realities--architectural, historical, political, and social--that constitute Rome.
Award winning Rome with Kids is a complete travel guide, with or without kids! A guide for exploring Rome with children.
If you had it all, what would you do? At the age of 20, Daria felt he had everything and nothing. To outside observers, he had it all: a loving family, a beautiful girlfriend, materials riches, and a family business waiting for him to assume leadership, but there was a gnawing feeling that something was missing. When Daria's friend dies at the age of 21, he is shaken at the roots. Witnessing death for the first time, he questions every aspect of life including the origins of suffering and happiness. He wonders why he is following the herd in a life-consuming race towards emptiness. Hungry for meaning, he leaves everything he's ever known to expose himself to the reality of the world through his own experience. His journey takes him on an expedition through the countryside of Mongolia where he learns of generosity, surfing the coasts of Bali, experiences the essence of martial arts from Aikido masters and back-country snowboarding in Japan. He ventures through India, learning yoga and meditation, and finds a prominent monk in Nepal who "freezes" him, shifting his understanding of the world around him. With his new found knowledge, he sets out on a 12-day trek to witness the colossal peaks of the Everest region, where his experience is nothing short of the divine. Daria's path leads him to snakes and stitches, avalanches and wolves, death and rebirth in order to return to society and impart one message: a new-found understanding. Daria makes no claims to be a saint or a revolutionary. He faces the same dilemmas that many of us face on a daily basis and through his mistakes gains a better understanding of who he is and how he wants to live his life. Roots of Gratitude presents an inspirational and captivating journey of a young man's search for his true self. By sharing his experiences with readers - his struggles between following his dreams and societal expectations, and his magnificent spiritual awakening - he imparts courage to follow our hearts and to experience the world for ourselves, so that we may all find a way to our true (and grateful) selves.
In this latest, completely revised Women Travel anthology, Rough Guides present a whole new crew of writers, journalists, travellers, dreamers and escapists, each with a journey to share and a tale to inspire. Featuring more than 80 adventures around the world, Women Travel tells you what it's like to: backpack around India with your mother in tow; hitch up with a shepherd in Spain; set up the ultimate writers' retreat on the icefields of Antarctica; hang out with hippies in the Australian rainforest; be crowned Queen Mother of an African village; have a girls' night out in the Kalahari Desert; and sweat behind the scenes at a Caribbean carnival.
TV comedian Tony Hawks tries to win a bet by hitchhiking around the circumference of Ireland in one calendar month, with a fridge. This is the story of Tony's adventures, the people he meets, the difficulties, the triumphs, and that fridge.
"Round the World With Famous Authors" presents another format for a travel book -- a circumnavigation of the world through the eyes of famous writers.
Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives -- A Deck's-Eye View of Cape Hornby Dallas Murphy
Fifty-five degrees 59 minutes South by 67 degrees 16 minutes West: Cape Horn-a buttressed pyramid of crumbly rock situated at the very bottom of South America-is a place of forlorn and foreboding beauty that has captured the dark imaginations of explorers and writers from Francis Drake to Joseph Conrad. For centuries, the small stretch of water between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula was the only gateway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It's a place where the storms are bigger, the winds stronger, and the seas rougher than anywhere else on earth.Dallas Murphy has always been sea-struck. In Rounding the Horn he undertakes the ultimate maritime rite of passage, and brings the reader along for a thrilling, exuberant tour. Weaving together stories of his own nautical adventures with long-lost tales of those who braved the Cape before him-from Spanish missionaries to Captain Cook-and interspersing them with breathtaking descriptions of the surrounding wilderness, Murphy has crafted an immensely enjoyable read.
Two by sea: A couple rows the wild coasts of the far north. Jill Fredston has traveled more than twenty thousand miles of the Arctic and sub-Arctic-backwards. With her ocean-going rowing shell and her husband, Doug Fesler, in a small boat of his own, she has disappeared every summer for years, exploring the rugged shorelines of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Norway. Carrying what they need to be self-sufficient, the two of them have battled mountainous seas and hurricane-force winds, dragged their boats across jumbles of ice, fended off grizzlies and polar bears, been serenaded by humpback whales and scrutinized by puffins, and reveled in moments of calm. As Fredston writes, these trips are "neither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life." Rowing to Latitude is a lyrical, vivid celebration of these northern journeys and the insights they inspired. It is a passionate testimonial to the extraordinary grace and fragility of wild places, the power of companionship, the harsh but liberating reality of risk, the lure of discovery, and the challenges and joys of living an unconventional life.
Alaska is more than just the largest state in the Union; it's also a state of mind, as Ann Mariah Cook found out. Together with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 32 purebred Siberian huskies, she moved there from New Hampshire in order to train for the legendary Yukon Quest, the most rigorous sled-dog race in the world. Her tough, thoughtful memoir, Running North, chronicles the ordeals as well as the rewards of their mushers' life. In the course of their transformation from cheechakos, or greenhorns, to sourdoughs, or seasoned Alaskans, Cook and her husband learned to defend themselves and their dogs from extreme weather, adapted to mushing in Alaskan conditions, and even absorbed the niceties of Yukon social customs (hint: always put on a pot of coffee for visitors). The book ends with a harrowing account of the race, complete with packs of wolves, howling blizzards, minus-60-degree temperatures, and a few narrow escapes. But this is as much Ann's story as it is her husband's, and as a result it goes far beyond the confines of a simple adventure story. Full of intriguing glimpses into sled-dog (and musher) psychology as well as lyrical observations about the beauty of the Yukon landscape, Running North is as much concerned with the who and why of adventure as with its how and when. Leaving behind the comfort and security of Cook's New England life required a multitude of adjustments, from the design of the dogs' booties to a new appreciation of interior decorating, Alaska-style. In the end, however, it was going home that proved hard: "Returning to New Hampshire, I saw my life as a stranger might view it. I could not get used to so many houses, so many neighbors, so many social demands. Everything in my life had been redefined in only seven and a half months."
"A dusty road stretches into the distance like a pencil line across the arid landscape. Lions, rhino, and buffalo roam the plains on either side. But I haven't come to Kenya to spot wildlife. I've come to run." Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn's incredible journey to the elite training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world's greatest runners--and put them to the test--combines practical advice, a fresh look at barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights. As a boy growing up in the English countryside, Adharanand Finn was a natural runner. While other kids struggled, he breezed through schoolyard races, imagining he was one of his heroes: the Kenyan long-distance runners exploding into prominence as Olympic and world champions. But as he grew up, pursued a career in journalism, married and had children, those childhood dreams slipped away--until suddenly, in his mid-thirties, Finn realized he might have only one chance left to see how far his talents could take him. Uprooting his family of five, including three small children, Finn traveled to Iten, a small, chaotic town in the Rift Valley province of Kenya--a mecca for long-distance runners thanks to its high altitude, endless running paths, and some of the top training schools in the world. Finn would run side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls, and barefoot schoolchildren . . . not to mention the exotic--and sometimes dangerous--wildlife for which Kenya is famous. Here, too, he would meet a cast of colorful characters, including his unflappable guide, Godfrey Kiprotich, a former half marathon champion; Christopher Cheboiboch, one of the fastest men ever to run the New York City Marathon; and Japhet, a poor, bucktoothed boy with unsuspected reservoirs of courage and raw speed. Amid the daily challenges of training and of raising a family abroad, Finn would learn invaluable lessons about running--and about life. Running with the Kenyans is more than one man's pursuit of a lifelong dream. It's a fascinating portrait of a magical country--and an extraordinary people seemingly born to run.
A guide for all Rvers need to know. Provides all the information about RVs.
"S. O. S. : Spirit of Survival" is a one-of-a-kind story of the incredible fortitude that ordinary people can conjure in order to overcome even the most harrowing of disasters. Told from the point of view of each of the five members of one family, this book offers a unique and detailed look into the truth behind the headlines surrounding the Carnival Cruise Lines Costa Concordia cruise ship sinking off the coast of Isola del Giglio, Tuscany in January of 2012. Their astounding account of the tragic events before, during and, perhaps most shockingly, after the enormous cruise ship ran aground are sure to amaze readers. However, the true messages of this book are hope and profound inspiration, as this familys bond deepens and strengthens through their ultimate survival journey.
All roads lead to enlightenment--but the choice of which to travel is yours. From Sedona to Lourdes to Mecca, there are certain divinely blessed places that can inspire you to renew your sense of wonder, revitalize your spirit, and restore your faith. In this book, you'll explore the most illuminating sites around the world, including: The Taj Mahal in India, a stunning palace designed for mourning a lost love--or celebrating a new one Carmel Mission in California, a place of veneration and enlightenment The Shrine of Rumi in Turkey, a monument to the power of passion and poetry The Wailing Wall in Israel, where it is believed you have God's ear when you visit Mount Olympus in Greece, a snow-capped peak that offers serenity and strength With special prayers, meditations, and devotions for each sacred site, this guide is the perfect companion if you are seeking a true journey of the soul.
Sailing ESCAPE to Guam, is a story about a fictitious family of five in a sailboat named "ESCAPE" from California to Guam. They stopped at Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Ponape along the way. They were headed for Guam, when dramatic things happen to the family. Brian, the husband, father and captain is rendered comatose by an accident, some 300 miles east of Guam. His wife, Sharon, who was proficient in domestic duties, didn't have a clue about sailing the boat. Alan, the oldest son, to whom the captaincy of ESCAPE should have fallen, was possessed with a changing hormone mix that interfered with his rational thinking. Steve, the twelve-year-old son and his eleven-year-old sister, Kelly, were determined to sail the boat to a harbor in Guam or at least close enough to land to get help for their ailing father. A maturing process takes place as the children meet each of the challenges presented to them. Though they endured many hardships and surprises, the two young children remained determined to succeed.
Part of a series on "Places in American History," this book is a short history of Salem, Massachusetts, and a look at points of interest in the town today. It begins with the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, and then covers Salem's history as a port for sailing ships in the 18th and 19th centuries. Various museums and monuments are described.
Recovering from tuberculosis, Stephen Chan spends a year (1937-1938) in the remote Japanese village of Tarumi. There he forms a close friendship with Matsu, the caretaker of the cottage where he is living. As Matsu's story unfolds, Stephen's life becomes entwined with the lives of the lepers in the nearby lepers' colony of Yamaguchi. In the background but always looming is the Japanese invasion of China, Stephen's homeland.
A baby goes on a big-city adventure, and there are so many exciting sights to see! In San Francisco, Baby!, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Alcatraz are some of the main attractions. Rhyming text and charming illustrations make this picture book perfect for babies--and parents--who are always on the go, or who have big-city dreams!
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