Rowing to Latitude

Rowing to Latitude

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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 qneither a vacation nor an escape, they are a way of life.q 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.Every day, they would send me and my sisters into small shops to select bread, cheese, and chocolate for lunch. Although we sometimes ended up eating cheese that tasted like laundry soap, we learned how to use the local currency.

Title:Rowing to Latitude
Author:Jill Fredston
Publisher:Macmillan - 2002-10-10


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