The Sun Is A Compass

The Sun Is A Compass

A 4,000-mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds

Book - 2019
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For fans of Cheryl Strayed, the gripping story of a biologist's human-powered journey from the Pacific Northwest to the Arctic to rediscover her love of birds, nature, and adventure. During graduate school, as she conducted experiments on the peculiarly misshapen beaks of chickadees, ornithologist Caroline Van Hemert began to feel stifled in the isolated, sterile environment of the lab. Worried that she was losing her passion for the scientific research she once loved, she was compelled to experience wildness again, to be guided by the sounds of birds and to follow the trails of animals. In March of 2012 she and her husband set off on a 4,000-mile wilderness journey from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic, traveling by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe. Together, they survived harrowing dangers while also experiencing incredible moments of joy and grace -- migrating birds silhouetted against the moon, the steamy breath of caribou, and the bond that comes from sharing such experiences. A unique blend of science, adventure, and personal narrative, the book explores the bounds of the physical body and the tenuousness of life in the company of creatures whose daily survival is nothing short of miraculous. It is a journey through the heart, the mind, and some of the wildest places left in North America. In the end, The Sun Is a Compass is a love letter to nature, an inspiring story of endurance, and a beautifully written testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316414425
Branch Call Number: 921 VanHe
Description: vii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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The title of this book reminds me of something I once noticed in some internet comments, which is that there are many people who think that finding north from the position of the sun and the time of day, is a vastly complicated problem in orbital mechanics that even Buzz Aldrin couldn't solve.

Don't they teach general science in junior high ("middle") school any more?


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