Bull Canyon

Bull Canyon

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by Lin Pardey
     
 

Lin Pardey and her husband Larry are internationally famous for their sailing adventures. But in 1980 -- fresh from an eleven years-long sailing journey, where they forged the early years of their marriage on high seas and in exotic locales -- they came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin’s skills as a writer and taste the apparent…  See more details below

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Lin Pardey and her husband Larry are internationally famous for their sailing adventures. But in 1980 -- fresh from an eleven years-long sailing journey, where they forged the early years of their marriage on high seas and in exotic locales -- they came to California looking for a good spot to build a boat, test Lin’s skills as a writer and taste the apparent security life ashore could offer.

Nestled in a rocky outcropping of winding, sparsely populated dirt roads, 60 miles from the sea and 50 miles from Los Angeles, Bull Canyon would seem an unlikely place for boat-building. But when Lin and Larry set eyes on the abandoned stone cottage at the top of a rutted, dusty lane, it was love at first sight. The house was certainly a fixer-upper, but there was plenty of room to build a boat, not to mention peace, quiet, and an abundance of natural beauty. They knew they'd come home.

Bull Canyon would bring them joy, victories and failures – but also packrats in the pantries, flooding rains that would make Noah himself cower, the occasional cougar, and an oddball collection of neighbors as ready to assist these hapless appearing newcomers as they were to gossip or occasionally cause trouble. It would be a life lived close to the land, coaxing vegetables out of acrid soil, living side-by-side with wildlife of all types, navigating dangerous roads to simply get to the nearest grocery store, no piped in water, no electricity, no phones – not even a proper address to receive mail. Life in the canyon would prove daunting, gritty, and dangerous, and a tougher bargain in the end than what they'd signed up for.
But as tough as life could be there, Bull Canyon was, indeed, the place where dreams could come true. It was here that Lin and Larry tapped into the affirming core of their marriage, accomplished back-breaking physical feats (moving enormous boulders and pouring tons of hot lead, among others), and grew to love the magical yet difficult environment.
In the tradition of Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence, Pardey takes readers on a voyage – landlocked, but a voyage nonetheless – of the heart, sharing candidly and with great humor the four years she and her determined husband spent in Bull Canyon. From the Thanksgiving when they had to hang the turkey from a ceiling hook to keep it safe from invading animals, to their constant companion, Dog (who is actually a cat), to Lin's run-in with a couple of drunk hunters, to Larry's careful coaxing of rough-sawn timber into the beautiful boat, Taleisin, their story, related in the warm, personal voice of the fireside storyteller, is a funny, tender, and engrossing tale. Bull Canyon is the story of two "dreamers and schemers" who have taken life by the horns – and bring the reader along for the wild and joyous ride.

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Book reviewer
Challenge isn't a bad thing, as Lin Pardey and her husband Larry live off the adventure of it. "Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer, and Other Wildlife" is a combination book of true adventure and memoir as they find their home in an abandoned stone cottage with little in the way of luxury, but gave them what they wanted, a place to build a boat and live a simpler and more rustic life. But no place is a one hundred percent paradise. "Bull Canyon" is a riveting memoir of the path less taken
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Soon after meeting, Lin and Larry Pardey (The Cost Conscious Cruiser), two free and kindred spirits, set sail in "Seraffyn" from California,ultimately spending 11 years traversing the globe, writing articles about sailing to supplement their income. Back in southern California, their lives took a dramatic turn when they decided to take root in dry, brush-filled Bull Canyon, in a region prone to wild fires, and build a new boat--out of very flammable wood. With a cat named "Dog" to help manage th
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This review is from: Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and Other Wildlife (Hardcover)
An isolated, undeveloped, nearly wild canyon 60 miles outside of Los Angeles, therefore away from any major body of water, hardly sounds like the best place to set up shop and build a boat. //Bull Canyon - A Boatbuilder, A Writer and Other Wildlife// by author Lin Pardey chronicles four long years of bringing a dream to fruition doing just that. Pardey's humorous and honest storytelling quickly draws re
Mary Louise Ruehr
There’s something for almost everybody in the memoir “Bull Canyon” by Lin Pardey, who is very popular among readers of a nautical bent.
Pardey and her spouse, Larry, lived on a boat for 11 years, sailing the world, but decided to live on land for a couple of years while they built a larger and better boat. They rented an almost-inaccessible stone cottage in Bull Canyon, 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The house had been abandoned for eight years, except by rats and b

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013581432
Publisher:
Pardey Books
Publication date:
11/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Lin Pardey is internationally famous for her sailing and boatbuilding expertise. There are more than a quarter million of her books in print today,With her husband, Larry, she has sailed more than 200,000 miles and has won many awards for both her sailing skills and her writing. She is the author of eleven books and has created several instructional videos on sailing. The Pardeys make New Zealand their home base, cruising on board Taleisin part of each year.

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