HAPPY PUB DAY to Caroline Van Hemert’s The Sun Is a Compass!!
Caroline Van Hemert, a biologist, and her husband Pat Farrell (artist, outdoorsman, builder) dream a simple dream, yet one so daunting in scope that few could dream it – a trek of 4,000 miles from Bellingham, Washington to a far, far speck in the Alaskan Arctic, Kotsube. Ever been there? Me, either. Without snowmobiles, ATVs, sponsors. No planes, no trains, no hitched rides. After four months intense planning, they leave Bellingham in two rowboats built by Pat, traveling up the Inside Passage then across mountains, glaciers, rivers, delta, and tundra on foot, on skis, by canoes and pack rafts.
This challenge was undertaken, I felt, in the spirit of a quest, though perhaps not consciously so; and it is recounted here in all its harshness, dreamy beauty and overriding love of the wilderness. In a stunning episode, we’re practically part of a migrating caribou herd, and the astounding migratory flights…
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