Book: Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales - One Traveler's Tales by Linda Balloucategories: Book, Travel Writing, Adventure Travel, Outdoor Adventure, River Rafting, Horse Back Riding, Travel Memoir
Linda Ballouabout this book: I take you to Alaska, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Hawaii and the wild west of North America on adventures most would call armchair travel. On my path to self-actualization I stretched my abilities to meet challenges and emerged a stronger individual with much to share. For each of the destinations I visited I wrote a personal essay reflecting upon how the journey benefited me. Readers will learn the virtues of solitude, a gift we find in nature that allows our creative selves to emerge. A theme going throughout my stories is that a connection with nature can be a saving grace for moderns suffering from information overload.
All six senses will be tickled as you walk, and horseback ride with me in the footsteps of spirits who have gone before in our last great wilderness areas. Like Joseph Campbell of Power of the Myth fame, I look for universal connections in the legends and cultural practices of indigenous peoples when I travel. This is a pre-occupation of mine that bubbles up in many of my stories.
I am a water baby so many of my stories are about river trips. Rafting the Tatshenshini River from the Yukon to the Gulf of Alaska through the heart of our largest Roadless wilderness was a life-changing experience. Finding My Way on Water is about my float on the Main Salmon River that forced me to face my fears about drowning. Kayaking the still waters of the Green through the timeless Labyrinth canyon made me become River Wise.
Everywhere I have traveled I have learned about threats to pristine environments. In extreme cases, I have inserted eco-alerts at the end of the story to help bring awareness to our vanishing wilderness areas around the globe.
5-Stars: An Excellent Example of fine travel writing
Lost Angel Walkabout by Linda Ballou takes the reader out of their armchair and into the vast world as few travel writers can. Her eye for detail combined with intimate knowledge of her surroundings sets Ms. Ballou heads above most of the travel writing pack. In this age when everyone with a back pack proclaims him or herself a travel writer it takes a book like this one to re-define the genre. The stories are personal and inviting, giving the reader not only a feeling of participation but leaving them with a memory of where they have just visited. This is just plain great travel writing.
— James Dorsey author of Baboons for Lunch and other sordid tales
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