Bag End

Bag End

by Nancy Chism, Don Chism

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A late-night breakfast in the small cabin of the thirty-two-foot sailing vessel, Bag End, sitting securely at anchor in Manzanillo, Mexico in April 2012--consisting of scrambled eggs and a glass of champagne for two--celebrated the completion of their twenty-two-year circumnavigation of the world. And it was enough.
Don and Nancy tell the story of a voyage around the world on Bag End. In the process of writing it, Don thought of the story as "a funny thing happened," and Nancy always thought of the whole thing as a case of "watch out what you wish for." But this story can only truly be called Bag End, which is the name of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins's home in Tolkien's books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Bag End signified home for them and the safe finishing point of a long adventure, as it does for Don and Nancy. While a lot of funny things did happen on their voyage and their discovery that what you wish for sometimes really does come true, the only proper name for this story is the name of its bona fide main character, the very little but very intrepid sailing vessel Bag End.
Read about Bag End's journey and find out what can happen when risk is taken, lives change, and things unheard of become realities. Sail along with Don and Nancy on Bag End to discover the elemental terror of a storm at sea, the frustration of windless days where boredom is a very real and significant enemy, and the utter joy in encountering that incredibly rare phenomenon, the perfect sail. Crisscross the equator with them and find the almost untouched Marquesas, lush Samoa, the southernmost windy point of New Zealand, primitive Vanuatu, the world's best-kept secret– enlightened and urbane Southeast Asia, the northernmost blustery tip of Borneo, the fearsome Malacca Straits, the remote and empty Chagos, magical Africa, isolated Saint Helena, rainy and almost unpopulated Suriname, the contemporary Panama Canal, and the United States' most unlikely neighbors, the impoverished and ill-treated third world countries of Central America--to discover unknown places, peoples, animals, and Mother Nature at her worst and best.

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BN ID: 2940158652950
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 508
File size: 947 KB

About the Author

Don Chism is a retired grocery clerk, and Nancy is a language arts teacher who has taught in the United States, England, American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Seychelles Islands, and Thailand. Don and Nancy completed a twenty-two-year circumnavigation of the world in their sailboat, Bag End, in April 2012. They have three children, Mike, Sandi, and Karen; two sons-in-law, John and Richard; one daughter-in-law, Roseann; fifteen grandchildren, Nery, Bryan, Shyana, Brandon, Chelsea, Jake, Zeke, Laura, Jaeger, Toby, Richie, Leksa, two Michaels, and Melissa; and a great-grandchild, Madi. Don and Nancy and their cat, Jack, live in Baja California, Mexico. Bag End is anchored in a small bay in view of their home.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing story about a couples adventure sailing around the world. Great read and very interesting.