How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring the World
By Frosty Wooldridge
“To many Americans, the wilderness is little more than a retreat from the tensions of civilization. To others, it is a testing place – a vanishing frontier where humans can rediscover basic values. And to a few, the wilderness is nothing less than an almost holy source of self-renewal. But for every man, woman and child, the ultimate lesson that nature teaches is simply this: man’s fate is inextricably linked to that of the world at large, and to all of the other creatures that live upon it.” Unknown
This book has become my bible of late – I refer to it when I need a little inspiration to follow my dreams and look to it when I need information on how to do so.
You can find a wealth of information in these pages – everything from how to choose the right touring bike to how to lock a kayak to your tent for the night. Frosty inspires me not only with tales of his own adventures but with those of the amazing people he meets along the way. Take for example Bob Wieland. This man walked across America on his hands… he was a double amputee from the Vietnam war and instead of sinking into alcohol and despair, he carried on his life as if he had no handicap. He started by running marathons (taking approx. 3 days to do so) and then undertook a 3 year “run” across the US. And once arm-powered bicycle contraptions were invented, Bob again undertook another human-powered trip across the States. Makes me feel silly thinking I, with no physical limitations, cannot ride my bike across Canada….
Another reason I thoroughly enjoyed this book was the handy-dandy lists…. I am a huge fan of lists. Put anything into a list and I will read it. At the end of every chapter, Frosty summarizes his main points in a short little list. Just quick little points of things to think about or do. He makes it so easy to think you can live a life of adventure.
So here is my list:
- Buy this book
- Read it
- Live a life of adventure – in whatever form that may be… go hike your local hill, try something new, camp somewhere for a night, ride a bike across the country, or perhaps around the world….
That last point was breaking the rules of list-making by having way too many words in it… but you know… some rules need to be broken :)