Along Alaska's Great River by Frederick Schwatka - First Edition

Along Alaska's Great River by Frederick Schwatka - First Edition

Today, I met Frederick Schwatka, an Army lieutenant and explorer who, in 1883, floated with six other men down all 1,300 miles of British Columbia’s and Alaska’s wild, unforgiving Yukon River on a purpose-built river boat.

Did I say boat? I meant raft— a simple, unwieldy, 16’x42’, almost silly-looking log raft rowed at max speed 1-mile-per-hour (hold onto your fur-lined hats!)—for one of the most important river journeys in western exploration.

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Holding History: 1744 Printing of The Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels

Holding History: 1744 Printing of The Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels

“Feels pretty complete,” I said as I held the ten-pound, nine-hundred-page beast of a book. Published in 1744 as the definitive collection of world travels, The Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels Consisting of Above Six Hundred of the Most Authentic Writers…(the title goes on forever)…by John Harris, is a fascinating read. While the theme of The Principal Voyages and Discoveries came courtesy of the Wu Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M. (cash rules everything around me), this tome leans more towards “knowledge is power.”

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A Guide to Transformational Travel (TravelAge West)

I was nodding along to this TravelAge West article by Mindy Poder at every line.  Every trip changes you in some way, and it is the travel providers and brands that very purposefully design their user experiences around the fact that people want to change for the better.  "Transform" is the buzz word.  It's certainly what I strived for in creating expeditions that added new elements to a familiar place, or a personal connection with a particular culture, artisan or expert.  You want the user to find something within themselves while they are in your care that they might otherwise have left unexplored.  This article is a great overview of that process. 

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