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Like a Leaf on a River
     

Like a Leaf on a River

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by Jim Hendrickson
 

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In the opening chapter of this book you’ll discover the reasons of my lifelong passion for wanderlust-the love of traveling the world, especially on a shoestring budget.
For the next three chapters you’ll accompany me vicariously on a three-month hitchhike from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Seattle, Washington, down the West Coast of the United

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In the opening chapter of this book you’ll discover the reasons of my lifelong passion for wanderlust-the love of traveling the world, especially on a shoestring budget.
For the next three chapters you’ll accompany me vicariously on a three-month hitchhike from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Seattle, Washington, down the West Coast of the United States, east to Tucson, Arizona and from there to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. From there we’ll hitchhike back to Wisconsin along Mexico’s Gulf Coast and northward through Texas and Oklahoma.
In the remaining seventeen chapters we’ll travel 30,000 miles around the world through Europe, India, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Islands, and the Marquesas Islands on a four-month trip filled with many adventures and misadventures.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044333888
Publisher:
Jim Hendrickson
Publication date:
02/21/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
301 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Hendrickson is a retired Professor of foreign languages. He speaks English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese as well as smatterings of many other languages. Jim has published more than 60 foreign language textbooks as well as articles on psycholinguistics. He has taught at all educational levels: elementary school, high school, adult education, community college, college, and university. He has taught in California, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington. He worked as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Bolivia and Chile, and a Language Consultant for the United States Peace Corps in Belize. Jim has traveled in over 130 countries and looks forward to visiting others in the near future.

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Like a Leaf on a River 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Positively an excellent read about following one’s dreams and making them come true. I surely loved reading this book because it made me feel soooo good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most descriptive of writers, Jim Hendrickson builds his travel world as solidly as our five senses build the universe around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly remarkable book.. Soaked through and through with atmosphere. From the riches of his imagination Hendrickson has distilled a very rare piece of literature. It stands out, from the very resistance it opposes to classification.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This highly interesting true-to-life book is hard to put down once a reader begins it. I found it absolutely fascinating, particularly because it is written from a very personal perspective. After finishing this book, I wanted to travel to all the places that the author visited and described in his book. I very highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy armchair traveling at its best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book that is like a river itself, both lively and rebellious, and strong beneath the stillness of its surface.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Like a Leaf on a River” (nice title, by the way) is enjoyable because it’s honestly written about Hendrickson’s travels as a young man. Amazing stuff, really. It kept me on my toes, sometimes biting my fingernails.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enormous successful book because it’s well organized, thought out, well written, and inspires the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engrossing, rawboned story of a young man’s travels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A powerful statement from a young man who knows how to travel on the cheap, can take care of himself, and looks on life with a positive stance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting… NO: FASCINATING! I couldn’t put it down; I just had to read it right to the end. Wow! What a great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed “traveling” along with Hendrickson all the way from his hometown in Wisconsin to the Mexican Yucatan. His descriptions of his adventures along the way are vivid and memorable. Then he travels around the world on another great adventure, every bit as interesting as his hitchhike into Mexico.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific book that’s hard to put down. A super excellent read by a writer who truly knows his craft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like a Leaf on a River is an intimate story of how a young many grew up and became a mature man by virtue of his many travels, first to Mexico, then around the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just short of amazing. Hendrickson’s descriptions are vivid, memorable, and brilliant in detail. He writes with a master’s flair of well chosen words and expressions which endear the reader to his excellent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A formidable book that generate many emotions within me as I read it: excitement, wonder, worry, ambition, apprehension – always a moment of surprise as this young man reveals his soul: his passion for travel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read few travel books as good as this one. I have read all the reviews under this book’s heading, and I most certainly agree with them all: it’s a 5-star book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hendrickson’s passion for travel as a young man pours forth from this book with boundless energy. He kept me on my toes and biting my nails throughout the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting, truly fascinating account of a young man’s desire to see the world – and he achieves his dream on a shoestring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The leaf is Hendrickson’s metaphor for his bicycle ride to an unknown destiny. The road is filled with adventure; no one knows what’s around the next curve. Exciting!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glorious. Readers are in for an eye-opening trek. Expect it on my list of the best book of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: see above.--Age: almost 2--Looks: a young cat with a beautiful silver coat with blue stripes and white spots. She has one eye that is emerald, and the other eye is blue but blind. Male cats cant resist her beauty.--Position: new warrior--Personality: sweet, playful, and demanding. Loves to eat.--Skills, talents, and abilitys: can jump higher than any other cat, amazing hunter, can charm a male foe more easily than her clanmates, and can climb a tree faster than any of her clanmates--Strengths: hunting, of course. charm, offense in battle, speed, tree climbing,and dodging.--Weaknesses: food, defense, and shiny things.--Back story: was born on the night of the full moon. She was the fifth Moonborn kit to be born, four ancestors before her were also Moonborns. A Moonborn is born every 6 years, so her mothers stories said. But a Moonborn is born with a litter, the others not Moonborns. A Moonborn is specially chosen by Starclan. One day, when Snow, which was her name then because of her then white coat, was just 6 months old, a hurricane hit where the tree she and her brother,sister(also 6 months), and mother lived. She and her siblings had run away, thinking their mother was behind them. But when they looked....she was nowhere in sight. They ran and ran, looking for a safe place to stay until the hurricane ended. They found a bush, and hid under it, but not before Snow tripped and hurt her leg. "Hurry, Snow!", her brother Chestnut meowed. She limped towards the bush, but suddenly she heard her mothers voice! "Im going to Starclan now. Goodbye, my young ones...". Snow started to cry as she collapsed under the bush. Ever, her sister, pawed at Snow, asking if she was crying because of the storm. Snow shook her head, and sobbed,"Momma's gone...gone to..Starclaaan!!!". Her siblings started to comfort her into sleeping, when the hurricane suddenly stopped. Chestnut peered out from the bush, and looked around, and asked "where's Momma?" "I told you, in Starclan.", hissed Snow, "didnt you hear the voice? What is a clan anyway?". Chestnut shrugged and shook his head. Suddenly, they heard footsteps. A big brown male cat walked up, looking for berries, not noticing the kits until Snow mewed anxiously. "Why, hello there little ones. Wheres your mother?", the stranger asked. "Gone...GONE!",wailed the kits. "Okay,okay. My names Browntail. I am Leafstar's deputy. Would you three like to live with us?" "They cant. The clan has too many young kits to take care of.", said a orange female firmly that had walked up behind him. "But they just faced a hurricane, their mother got killed, and the white one's injured! They cant live on their own, Flamepelt!", yowled back Browntail. "Hmm...fine then. But Leafstar will make the final decision. So Browntail lifted up Snow by the ruff, carrying her in his mouth, her siblings snickering at her the whole way while she pouted. Thankfully, Leafstar allowed the kits to stay in the clan, and she named them Skykit, Nutkit, and Sandkit. Skykit was made warrior before her siblings. One of her eyes got blind in a practice battle. It healed, but will be blind forever.----See? Isnt it great? I was glad to join here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A genuine treasure chest of adventures. I was “glued” to this book, like watching a great movie. I want to read more of Hendrickson’s books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvelous, engaging, a real page turner! I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A series of narratives that ensures the reader is fully engaged in the author’s stories about his hitchhike to Mexico and his first solo trip around the world. Well written and truly adventurous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Like a Leaf on River” reveals the author’s passion about traveling the world. I wholeheartedly felt totally engaged in his mesmerizing story. A beautiful book, indeed!