Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife

Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife

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by Lin Pardey
     
 

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Internationally famous with her husband Larry for their sailing adventures and expertise, Lin Pardey turns here to an adventure on land - the four years that the couple spent far from the sea, building the boat of their dreams in California's remote Bull Canyon. First there were the rats in the pantry, then the floods, then the fires, then the visiting cougar . life

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Internationally famous with her husband Larry for their sailing adventures and expertise, Lin Pardey turns here to an adventure on land - the four years that the couple spent far from the sea, building the boat of their dreams in California's remote Bull Canyon. First there were the rats in the pantry, then the floods, then the fires, then the visiting cougar . life in Bull Canyon was daunting and dangerous. Often Lin wondered just what in the world they were doing so far from their customary home on the open seas. Bull Canyon joins the canon of great tales of homesteading, told in the warm, funny, and insightful voice of a true storyteller.

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Publishers Weekly
Soon after meeting, Lin and Larry Pardey (The Cost Conscious Cruiser), two free and kindred spirits, set sale 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 their rat problem and a dog named "Cindy" running security, the Pardeys spent three years building the 29-foot sailboat, Taleisin, selling off Seraffyn, which had taken them around the world, to buy time. But Lin immediately felt cheated; was ,000 "enough to compensate for the freedom I'd given up?" This idea of freedom vs. security is like fuel for Bull Canyon; it practically runs on it. Their first two years in the canyon Lin spent countless hours getting phone lines installed, a crucial stepping stone toward electricity, which she achieved in their third summer (it too brought some regret). Occasionally Lin's musings meander into somewhat outdated realms (early feminism, for instance), but their accomplishment is significant, highly Romantic, and admirable. With many homespun snapshots included, readers may feel as if they're following the fantastic adventures of an old friend. Photos. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929214662
Publisher:
Pardey Books
Publication date:
06/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
942,726
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Lin, with her husband Larry is world renouned for her sailing exploits. Author of ten best selling books on sailing and seamanship, several hundred articles which have been translated into five different languages, she has been keynote speaker in at the Pacific Northwest center of the Sea, The University of Houston Womans Forum and Egyptian commission on future tourism.

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Bull Canyon: A Boatbuilder, a Writer and other Wildlife 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Lin was a Southern Californian girl who was swept up in the dreams of the freedom she'd have when she was old enough to leave home. When she finally did leave, it was one of those 'don't let the door hit you on the way out' moments, but she was determined to make her way in life on her own terms. Working as a "glorified accounting clerk" and taking on other low level jobs to maintain that hard won freedom gave her a good dose of reality. It was a busy life, but there was no dreaming to be done until a twenty-six-year old Canadian unexpectedly waltzed into her life regaling her with tales of cruising around the world on a sailboat he was making. A whirlwind courtship and the lure of the high seas was the elusive dream she had been searching for. Lin had met Larry Pardey and with the announcement to her family that "I'm going to grab hold of my own life with this Canadian yacht skipper and see the whole world full-time, not just on two-week vacations," she was on her way. They worked hard building the twenty-four foot "Seraffyn," the boat that would cement their lives together. "She'll take care of us if we build her tight," Larry would tell Lin. Marriage vows, with the word 'obey' included, sent them on their way. The "Seraffyn" would prove to be their home for eleven adventurous years, years in which Lin would begin writing about their lives as they sailed the world. Toward the end of their time with the "Seraffyn," during a gale south of the Aleutian Islands, Larry began to dream of another boat, an interlude in which the "Taleisin" would be born. Larry's "dreaming and scheming" soon brought them to Bull Canyon where they set up shop in a little stone cottage Old Man Payonessa had built many years ago. This intriguing tale of Lin and Larry Pardey's life in Bull Canyon will mesmerize the reader. The soft, gentle way Lin captured the goings on of the Canyon made me feel as if I too wanted to live beyond the sidewalks for a while. This time capsule of the four years they spent building the "Taleisin," even though at one point as Lin said, "the charm began to wear off," gives everyone a nice glimpse into their relationship and life together as they pursued yet another dream. Life in Bull Canyon didn't always prove to be easy and they wondered about their decision . "Had we made a mistake in trading the freedom of our sailing life for the constraints that now molded our days and nights?" I enjoyed meeting their endearing, albeit somewhat whacky, neighbors who were able to make a go at life sans the benefit of telephones and electricity. This is a story of an interlude in the life of the Pardeys, a life well spent. In Larry's words, "I'm the luckiest guy alive. I'm not spending the best part of my life working for 'the man.' I've got a grand partner to share my ideas." Quill says: This lilting memoir will complete those who read the Serraffyn books and send the rest of its readers to them in search of that dream and adventure!
VRSPA More than 1 year ago
The story of their life between their 1st and 2nd boats. She is a good story teller so the book holds your interest well. If you liked her other books, you'll love this one.
John_Churchill More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I have read the Lin Pardey's other books and enjoyed the tales of their travels and sailing adventures. As a sailor, I had some misgivings as to whether a land-bound story would capture me. It turned out to be a great read, I was almost disappointed as Taleisin was launched and the story wound up. Lin has done a great job of describing a life lived deliberately. She once again outlines the couple's values and how they have influenced their course in life. After reading about their travels, it was fascinating to read about Lin's background and her coming of age, how she came to choose her lifestyle. The story reveals much about Larry's personality as well. Reading about Lin's evolving relationship with Larry and how they met the challenges of living in a "primitive" canyon was an interesting departure from their previous stories.
Boanne More than 1 year ago
As an experienced sailboat racer, I knew a bit about Lin and Larry's cruising adventures from their articles in sailing magazines. I was excited to receive this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Lin's engaging story details their life in Bull Canyon as they take a break from sailing to write and to work on building their 29-foot sailboat, Taleisin. Bull Canyon is about 50 miles from Los Angeles and subject to long periods of no rain with periodic threats of devastating fires. Lin and Larry's self-reliance shines as we learn of their adventures homesteading in an abandoned stone cottage with no phone, no electricity, and no piped-in water. Their can-do attitude without spending a lot of money reminds me a lot of my life with my husband. Lin has an ease with her storytelling as she writes about their day-to-day life. She shares personal feelings about life-changing decisions, her relationship with Larry, and their life within the small community in the canyon. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Kudos to Lin and Larry for breaking from the norm and living the life that they wanted to live.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda B. for Readers Favorite Lin and Larry Pardey lived an adventurous, free gypsy life on the seas for over a decade before deciding to build a new yacht and focus on writing. Their decision to move to a friend's stone house in Bull Canyon, a desolate place without power or telephones, seems absurd to their friends and family but also to the residents of the area. The challenges they face in first making the house livable, rid it of vermin and build a boathouse in which to build would surely cause most to quit altogether. The two are a team like most will never know as they persevere through flooding, infestations, fire, theft and then the sprawl of population as a freeway finds its way into their area. Lin pushes for phones and power, her unwillingness to be bullied bringing changes to the canyon that are bittersweet. Lin's writing and Larry's boat building find a parallel path as they strive towards the goal of living on the new yacht, "Taleisin," and once again adventuring the globe. When I first saw the title of the book, I wasn't sure what to think; but soon the pages had me drawn in, and when finished, I not only understood the title but felt as though the cover photo was that of a dear friend. Lin Pardey captures the essence of her characters, scenes and situations to the point that I felt like I was one of her guests, sitting at her table with a cup of tea and a warm cookie. I find this author to be not only inspiring to women but to anyone who has a dream. From the information in her book, she is a known author of sailing articles and books. I fully intend on finding many more things that she has written so that I can enjoy her tales even more!!
bobinbc More than 1 year ago
I am about 100 pages into this book and find it a very good story