The Sun Is a Compass Lib/E: A 4,000-Mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds (Compact Disc)

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Don't ever think the era of adventurers or explorers is over, they are still very much alive and well, as the author and her husband can attest to. They take on an epic journey by themselves through the arctic circle, over 4,000 miles of walking and paddling and avoiding bear attacks. It is a joy to be taken along with them, through one of the last wildernesses on earth, a place that hosts the last great mammal migration, done by the caribou, that they have the honor to witness. You may not make it yourself, but with such beautifully descriptive writing, you will feel like you have seen it. Highly Recommend!

Becky Doherty


For fans of Hope Jahren, Helen MacDonald, and Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's journey from Washington State to high above the Arctic Circle -- traveling across remote and rugged terrain solely by human power -- to rediscover birds, the natural world, and her own love of science.During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America.In the end, The Sun Is a Compass is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781549123016
ISBN-10: 1549123017
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
Language: English