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Way of the Wanderer: How to Discover Your Hidden Selves Through Travel

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Beginning with a life-changing event in the mountains of Iran, and roaming the globe from the backcountry lanes of Yorkshire to the Australian outback, David Yeadon shares serendipitous encounters with amazing people, unexpected challenges, and near-death experiences. His stories illuminate the ways in which years of wandering have taught him to be open to experience, accept things as they are, live life to the fullest, and embrace his many "selves." These tales are filled with lessons learned from saints, ...
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Overview

Beginning with a life-changing event in the mountains of Iran, and roaming the globe from the backcountry lanes of Yorkshire to the Australian outback, David Yeadon shares serendipitous encounters with amazing people, unexpected challenges, and near-death experiences. His stories illuminate the ways in which years of wandering have taught him to be open to experience, accept things as they are, live life to the fullest, and embrace his many "selves." These tales are filled with lessons learned from saints, sinners, fellow travelers, and everyday folk, and are accompanied by his own accomplished illustrations.
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Award-winning author and illustrator Yeadon (Lost Worlds: Exploring the World's Remote Paces) is a world wanderer who has made a career out of writing about backroads and hidden places. Here he writes of the transformation and inner growth brought about by such travel: "To know the world still remains a thing of mystery, silence and secrets this I find one of the greatest joys of all." Yeadon ceaselessly looks for the unknown, less-traveled places and the extraordinary people he encounters along the way, like the "hermit" home he visits on an island off the coast of Maine. His explorations take him all over the world, but he finds the undiscovered even in his native England. His extraordinary line drawings heighten the effect of his lyrical, meditative essays. A treat for the armchair traveler; recommended for all public libraries. Ravi Shenoy, Naperville P.L., IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211606
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xii
Introduction xvi
Almost Gone #1 The Bridge--Where All the Adventures Began 1
The Gate--My Very First Exploration 5
The Island--Rediscovering the Gift of Solitude 9
Reflections: An Ode to Dawdle--Days--The Gift of Time 25
Disappearing Selves--The Power of a Photograph 26
An Uncle in Us 30
Just Letting Life Happen 33
Pub Pearls: The Noosphere 47
Almost Gone #2 Tepuy-Terrors 51
The Synergism of Little Kindnesses 60
Reflections: A Whack of Wordsworth 66
The Kumbh Mela--A Bath for Fifteen Million People 68
Into the Light 75
We Shall Live Again 76
Reflections: Into the Vine 84
Lost in the Bungle-Bungle 86
The Hunt 91
The Blissful World of Hannah Hauxwell 98
Reflections: Twilight at Kingley Vale 101
White Water Wisdom--The River Within 104
The Peacock's Tail--A Journey in Solitude 112
Reflections: The Stream 123
Almost Gone #3 Riptides and Riddles 127
Reflections: Releasing My Inner Woodsman 133
An Aboriginal Dreamtime Odyssey 136
I Am Home 147
The Mysterious and Magical Lives of KC 148
Tokyo--A Subway Named Desire 153
Pub Pearls: Experimenting 162
I Am Bananas 163
Seeking the Hermit of El Tisure 167
A Mushroom High 177
Almost Gone #4 Disappearing into Whiteness 183
Love and Improvisation--A Perigord Interlude 188
Reflections: The Tree 195
Almost Gone #5 Perils in the Pine Barrens 198
The Temptations of a Tanka 208
Reflections: An Absolute Disaster 214
Burn Your Boats 217
I Am Amazonia 218
A Wonderful Wacky Weekend 224
Pub Pearls: All Used Up 232
Finding My Kami 233
The "Why" of the Wilderness 240
Reflections: Ode to Onions 252
Epilogue: The Wildest Places of All 253
About the Author 261
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