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The Sun Is a Compass

A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

by Caroline Van Hemert

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The Sun Is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert
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    Mar 2019, 320 pages
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    Feb 25, 2020, 320 pages

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This personal narrative/travelogue captures the author's 4,000 mile trek from the Pacific rainforest to the Alaskan Arctic.

Caroline Van Hemert fell in love with her future husband, Pat, in 2001, discovering they shared a passion for nature and wilderness adventure. Ten years later, the couple found themselves disconnected from the outdoors, which they considered an essential part of their being; Caroline writes, "In our commitment to education and jobs, we had neglected what mattered most to us." She also began to feel the pressure of caring for aging parents and the ticking of her biological clock, and realized that her "perception of time shifted from lazy and boundless to precious and finite." As a person who designed and built houses for a living, Pat too, "questioned why he wasted sunny afternoons buried in drywall dust." They decided they needed to "find [their] way home" to the natural world, embarking on a journey from the shores of Washington State to a tiny town in northern Alaska, some 4,000 miles...

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