March 13th, 2004

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The Voyage of Squeak

http://www.eskimo.com/~sgl/book.html

Three Years in a 12-foot Boat
For anyone who dreams of sailing away, here's an engrossing, gritty memoir of a 15,000-mile solo expedition in a tiny, hand-made boat.

Bent on discovery, Bremerton native Stephen G. Ladd ranges along the pirate-ridden coast of Panama and Colombia, across the Andes, down a 600-mile river by night to avoid guerrillas, to the Antilles and the Caribbean. Robbed, capsized, arrested and befriended, he sails and rows through a tumult of uncharted adventures.

The cast of characters: Dieter, mad ex-Nazi on a desert island; Hans, the smuggler who disappears at sea; castaways, prostitutes, and fortune-seekers.

Stow away with a poetic storyteller on a stormy, soulful voyage through nineteen countries, on the razor's edge between freedom and fear, loneliness and love.
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ADVENTURING WITH CHILDREN 

http://www.avalonhouse.ca/travel/awc/index.htm

ADVENTURING WITH CHILDREN 
An Inspirational Guide To World Travel & The Outdoors
by Nan Jeffrey
US $14.95, CN $22.50
ISBN: 0-9627562-4-5
300pp, photos, resources


A Classic...Now In Its Third Edition!

"If the book could be summed up in two words, they would be do it!"
Boston Globe

This classic work by Nan Jeffrey, now in its third edition, has inspired thousands of families to follow their dreams and go adventuring. As so many have found, the experience can profoundly change your life!

Beyond guiding your family toward rewarding, successful trips, offers insight into fostering cohesive, successful families. Adventuring combines low-budget, worldwide travel with challenging outdoor activities, yet it is also a time apart from everyday routine, a chance to discover and reflect, to explore and grow, similar in some ways to an Outward Bound trip, in other ways to what the Australian aboriginal people call a Walkabout.

Regardless of destination or mode of travel, the benefits of this temporary lifestyle are many-living simply, becoming self-sufficient, experiencing new cultures and ideas, challenging your mind and body, being in harmony with the natural world, and developing a keen sense of what is truly important in your life.

As the author clearly illustrates, parents and children alike find the experience can be magical, the family bonds created unbreakable, the memories exciting enough to last a lifetime.  


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Circumnavigate the globe using only human power: Expedition 360

http://www.expedition360.com/reference/pedal_boat.htm

Two major obstacles we faced when planning how to circumnavigate the world using only human power were the two big oceans: the Atlantic and the Pacific. In order to stand even a remote chance of success we needed a very special craft that could carry enough provisions for two people to survive for up to six months at sea without resupply, but which was streamlined enough to travel quickly through the water.

The result was 'Moksha', a 26ft x 4.5ft wooden boat powered only by pedals. The word Moksha means 'freedom' or 'liberation' in the ancient language of Sanskrit.


Unique in the world, Moksha has to date successfully carried Jason, Steve and a handful of other expedition participants across 15,000 nautical miles of open ocean. She also carries the names of over 3,000 people on the side of her hull who have helped the expedition on it's way around the world.


Expedition 360 owes much to this tiny bundle of wood and glue. More than the sum of her individual parts, Moksha has been both teacher and guardian to those of us lucky enough to have crossed an ocean in her.