VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME
Around the World In Ever Increasing Circles
Our lifestyle has given us freedom of spirit and a feeling of accomplishment,
plus a world of friendships.
A city boy meets a country girl who always says yes to an adventure. Together they migrate to Australia, where they build a boat in a backyard that carries them and their two infant sons around the world in ever-increasing circles. These voyages of education take the children to their last years of high school.
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This book follows our sons as they matured into men before the mast, tackling oceans that test the bravest sailors. Around the world, first to Africa for a family safari in one of the last wild kingdoms. Then we challenged the turbulent Red Sea to tour historical Europe in borrowed demolition derby car. Following that, a far easier wander through the Galápagos Islands observing Nature’s intricacies, and then on the way home, a long stay at Easter Island to see the results of over-population. Sometimes our life afloat battled the forces of Nature to reach these exotic locations. At other times we glided atop endless water everywhere, contemplating life’s mysteries surrounded by sea fairies whispering ageless secrets.
Little Ones ~
Zooming ahead thirty years, there’s a cute clutch of little ones like baby birds needing nourishment. Poppi and Nanni reckoned they could become even better global citizens by knowing their fathers’ history, so they blended their father’s diaries with stories they wrote during the journey. Leaving in the intimacies and scary bits to help create an exciting coming of age saga packed with adventure and wonder provides inspirational nourishment for young minds—shaping souls with courage and resolve to love life and Earth—without which there can be no life.
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As Captain Haddock so eloquently put it, “Failure. You can never let it defeat you.”
The three-year voyage explored locations known only to the wild creatures as we sailed to the world’s greatest attractions. Meeting along the way, a swirling mix of everyday people everywhere we landed. Statistically, we slept one in four nights at sea aboard a tiny dot of a sailboat about the size of a Winnebago. All of this before GPS satellite navigation. Being sextant sailors, we taught our sons how to navigate by the heavens, and then they navigated the rest of the way around the world. On that massive voyage of education, to take our children into the digital age, we took with us one of the first portable computers that came with a library of manuals. Our clever captain studied these and then taught the children several programming languages, producing the first digital game of Monopoly. He also wrote a navigation program with a built-in almanac to check the boys’ celestial sights.
Future Outlook ~
While in the Galápagos, just as Charles Darwin experienced a revelation, the Four J’s encountered something similar. Having witnessed man’s impact on Earth, and Nature’s limited ability to repair, our epiphany saw humanity in an alliance with Nature benefitting each other, instead of chasing the narcissistic view of world domination.
Jacques Cousteau observed, “People Protect What They Love.”
non-fiction paperback, 500 pages, 150 images and charts