Travel / Adventure
There is a bewildering variety of travel books out there and I'm only just
getting started exploring them. Here are a few of my favorites so far.
I read this book a couple times ages ago. It is a true (I think) story of a
man's incredible escape from a prison island off the coast of French Guyana.
It is the ultimate escape story, the ultimate adventure story.
- Clear Waters Rising
Crane walked across Europe west to east mostly through mountains. It was quite
an endeavor, and he met a lot of interesting people along the way. He writes
- Danziger's Travels
Danziger set off across Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and into China by
land following the old silk road. It's a rather daring tale that'll keep you
on the edge of your seat. He's a little arrogant, I think, but he treated all
the locals respectfully and was very well-informed about their culture and
history, so I won't complain.
- A Walk Across America
This is a great adventure tale of one man and his dog walking west across
America. He stays with locals he meets along the way several times and ends up
painting a beautiful picture of the pious and good-hearted people living in the
heart of this great country. The second part is called The Walk West.
(There is apparently another book out called Looking for Alaska telling
of 20000 some miles of walking around Alaska?)
- In Danger Again
O'Hanlon is off again into the jungle, this time into the Amazon to visit Angel
Falls or something or other. It won't disappoint you if you liked Into the
Heart of Borneo.
- Into the Heart of Borneo
This is a classic side-splitting account of O'Hanlon and a friend traveling up
river in Borneo like two fish out of water. I love the British sense of humor.
- No Mercy
...and again into the Congo.
John Wesley Powell
- The Exploration of the Colorado River and its Canyons
Powell was the first man to lead an expedition down the Colorado river from
Green River Wyoming to present-day Lake Mead. The is the original travel
adventure. Even though it distracts with its typical florid gushy 19th century
prose, it is a remarkably exciting tale to read today.
- Journey on the Crest
Cindy hiked the PCT in two seasons; this is her tale. She captures the social
element of the long distance hike better than any. I found her a bit
frustrating at times, but it was still entertaining reading.
- Iron and Silk
This is an account of the author's two years teaching English in China. It is
a sensitive but eye-opening fascinating up-close picture of Chinese culture.
It is amusing as well as adventurous at times.
- Jupiter's Travels
Simon essentially rode his motorcycle around the world. Many adventures
accompany him along the way. It is a very exciting read.
- Into the Void
This is one of the greatest tales of man's capacity for survival in the face of
inconceivable difficulties. Simpson was part of a climbing expedition to some
remote South American peak when disaster occurred. It is his story of how he
managed to get down off the mountain and save himself.
- A Year in Provence series
Smayle was an ad executive that decided to leave everything behind to live a
dream in picturesque southeastern France. The wacky French characters he has
to deal with as he settles into his new home provide ample material for this
wonderful, hilarious novel. No words are spared in describing several
sumptuous gastronomical extravaganza's -- Smayle is a man after my liking!
The sequels deteriorate, but were each very entertaining.
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- Addicted to Danger
Wickwire writes very candidly of his life as a mountain climber. He describes
the complex drives to leave behind family and friends for months at a time to
try to climb silly lumps of rock -- fascinating.