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|Coming to the Mystic, Connecticut, area or already love it? This adventure book and map presents a humorous and historical journey along the coast. Includes little known facts behind Mystic's pizza, hurricanes, cemeteries, and massacre, plus information on area shipwrecks, Amelia Earhart's wedding, Benedict Arnold's treachery and Ernie the Ledge Light Ghost. Summary: While searching for the "7 Wonders of Mystic" with her beagle/basset hound, author Lisa Saunders uncovers the secrets behind the Titanic's shoes, Captain Sisson's hunt for gold and Amelia Earhart's wedding. But will she ever find an adventure of her own? One that will make her thin and famous? Then it happens: when walking the Mystic Seafarer's Trail (which Lisa designed for those who don't like to go uphill), she meets a blind sailor who invites her on a long, winter voyage. Can this landlubber defy squalls, scurvy, and her fear of scraping barnacles to survive this epic journey? Excerpt Chapter 1: Shortly after stepping out of my new home with my hound for our first stroll through the historic seacoast village of Mystic, a woman pulled over in her van and yelled, "Excuse me." Assuming she was a tourist wanting directions to Mystic Pizza or some other attraction, I wasn't prepared for what she really wanted to know. "Do you realize the back of your skirt is tucked into your underwear?" What a debut in my new hometown-I don't think this is what National Geographic meant when they named Mystic one of the top 100 adventure towns in the U.S. Once recovered from my wardrobe "malfunction," I continued toward downtown Mystic with Bailey to embark on a new life and shake off my old, sedentary ways. Straddling both sides of the Mystic River in the towns of Groton and Stonington, the village of Mystic takes its name from an Indian word, "river running to the sea." With its scenic views of tall ships, islands, lighthouses, and secluded coves, it has attracted such legendary honeymooners as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It is a place where those who cross the oceans gather to swap stories and repair their boats. It is where famous explorers are born, visit, get married, or embark from on their way to becoming lost at sea. To launch my career as an adventuress, I decided to walk to the haunts and homes of such celebrated adventurers as Amelia Earhart; Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of Titanic's watery grave; and Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer, who accidentally discovered Antarctica. Maybe I could become thin and famous like Amelia Earhart. Now was the time to follow in the path of prominent authors such as Herman Melville who went to sea on a whaler when he couldn't find a job. Although he deserted it and had to live among cannibals for a time, he found the inspiration to write his first novel. Further sea adventures led to the creation of his magnum opus: Moby Dick. I, myself, could barely get through this "Great American Novel," but somebody must like it. And now that I lived within walking distance of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world, I felt that was a sign. Perhaps I could enlist as a deck swabber on some epic voyage. First, however, I planned to compile "The 7 Wonders of Mystic." National Geographic's website suggests that Mystic adventurers bike what it calls the 25-mile Vineyard Loop that includes "some hairy climbs that stops at two of the best wineries." Hairy climbs? I hoped to get thin, but did I have to go uphill to do it? I thought not. Instead, I would conquer a trail of my own design-one that would avoid hills where possible-and call it the "Mystic Seafarer's Trail." With so many potential wonders to consider and adventures to try, I had a lot of ground-and water-to cover. So, every afternoon, I checked my skirt and off Bailey and I went to follow a scent of our own.|
Havasu Canyon is a paradise enveloped in one of earth's most rugged and breathtaking landscapes. Nestled deep in the Grand Canyon, the pristine waterfalls and surrounding area are a place of unmatched beauty where great blue herons skim canyon streams and giant cottonwood and graceful willows thrive in the shade of majestic sandstone cliffs.
|Number Of Pages||208 pages|
|Publisher||Menasha Ridge Press, Incorporated|
|LC Classification Number||E99.H3W58 2008|
|2010 National Outdoor Book Award winner|