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South to Alaska: A True Story of Courage and Survival from America's Heartland to the Heart of a Dream

By Nancy Owens Barnes

A trip Even Huck Finn may Have Admired---Spokesman Review

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A precise tale of braveness and survival, South to Alaska includes readers from the heartland of the US to the final Frontier...THE tough approach.

Born within the dusty center of Oklahoma in 1916, ten-year-old Melvin sees a photo of a cabin within the Alaska barren region in his fourth-grade geography ebook and desires of residing there. approximately fifty years later he builds a 47-foot boat in his Arkansas yard, launches it at the Arkansas River, and cruises 10,000 miles to Alaska in terms of the Panama Canal. Melvin hasn't ever been south of the United States/Mexico Border and hasn't ever been on a ship within the open ocean.

"Learn through doing," he says.

In South to Alaska, writer Nancy Owens Barnes takes readers on trips. On one, readers stick to a tender boy's dream that starts off in a one-room, Oklahoma schoolhouse in 1926, and ends a long time in a while an island in southeast Alaska. at the different, readers develop into a passenger aboard the pink puppy because it cruises alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico the place, in 1973, Melvin starts a solo trip alongside the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and vital the USA, in the course of the Panama Canal, then into the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. stricken by mechanical difficulties, overseas fraud, violent ocean storms, threats of international prison, disease and loneliness, Melvin fears a dangerous finish prior to achieving where of his desires and returning to the lady he loves. South to Alaska chronicles Melvin's 10,000-mile trip via a perilous international he is familiar with little approximately, to an international he can't forget.

About the Author
As the daughter of the most personality in South to Alaska, Barnes watched her father's dream weave its approach throughout the lives of her family members. In 1971, she boarded the crimson puppy for the 1st leg of its trip alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.

Barnes used to be featured within the iciness 2010 factor of Coeur d'Alene journal as one in every of 9 North Idaho authors who've completed popularity of their paintings. Her writing has seemed in quite a few courses resembling We Alaskans and Idaho journal, and in literary journals equivalent to The Lyric and Snowy Egret, the oldest self sufficient magazine of nature writing within the usa. In 2008 she acquired the Zola Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Writers organization. She has additionally authored a brief anthology of nature writing titled Moose for Breakfast, in addition to a quick consultant for starting writers titled tips on how to Swat the KILLER BEs from your Writing. Barnes bought her BA measure from Vermont collage of Norwich college the place she studied artistic writing.

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Yet Dad remembered seeing a deeper wound wash throughout Jerry’s face whenever he bought a letter from a fellow marine containing information of another pal killed within the struggle. . . . On April 30, my father made touch with a guy in Panama urban who agreed to fix the intensity sounder. the fellow got here to the purple puppy, picked up the intensity sounder, fastened it, and introduced it again to the boat a similar day. With the intensity sounder back in reliable operating order, Dad ready to depart Balboa the next day. After mailing a letter to mother, Dad cooked himself a meal of bacon and eggs, then motored the purple puppy to the gasoline dock. even supposing he came upon that the extra he traveled from the U.S. the dirtier the gasoline, at Balboa it appeared substantially purifier. “We run it via a centrifuge,” the gasoline attendant informed him. readability, even though, may quickly develop into the least of my father’s gasoline difficulties. eventually leaving Balboa at four-thirty within the afternoon, Dad sailed underneath the mile-long, gentle webbing of the Ferry Thatcher Bridge, later referred to as the Bridge of the Americas, which reunited the land divided through the canal. As he handed from the canal area, he moved into the Bay of Panama and the Pacific Ocean, anchoring early at the lee part of Taboga Island. He penciled into his log that night: Be really cozy if the wind don’t switch. Then later, Wind changed—Bumpy evening. My father felt greater than he had felt in Colón. The throbbing in his thumb eased, the discomfort in his arm lessened, and he had gotten caliber leisure whereas in Balboa. He additionally completed a milestone in his trip by way of attaining the Pacific finish of the Panama Canal. even supposing having transited the canal and entered the Pacific Ocean represented just a 3rd of his overall trip from Arkansas to Alaska, it, extra importantly, allowed him a long-awaited flip from south to north. Turning from south to north intended a flip towards his personal kingdom, his family, and a brand new domestic. eleven A Pacific Primer Balboa to Puntarenas Log - may well 2: Left 6:00 a. m. —Crossing Golfo de Parita—Wind and present with me so much of day—Can’t continue bilge pump working—Quit attempting and use gasoline pump—Hole in exhaust leaking salt water—Must repair ahead of beginning in morning—Anchored 6:30 p. m. off Peninsula de Azuero—Too drained to mend whatever to eat—Milk and crackers—Milk spoiled—Tried with condensed milk—Not reliable. “RATS. ” The corrosive saltwater had eaten a small gap in the course of the elbow of the engine exhaust pipe and leaked into the engine compartment. My father crimped a steel strap and a piece of rubber belting over the opening, hoping the repair may carry till he may deal with a extra everlasting fix. The southwest coast of Panama surged with lush mountains honeycombed with huge caves close to the water line. Huts flecked the occasional shores. Crossing the Gulf of Panama and rounding Punta Mariato at the Peninsula de Azuero placed Dad on the southernmost element of his trip to Alaska, basically seven levels north of the equator. towards the Isla de Coiba the crystalline waters held a virtually non-stop reveal of sea lifestyles.

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