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* The ultimate Baby Boomer adventure story! * The author is an icon among American women adventurers * By the bestselling author of Polar Dream At the age of 63, Helen Thayer fulfilled her lifelong dream of crossing Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Accompanied by her 74-year-old husband Bill and two camels, Tom and Jerry, Thayer walked 1600 miles in 126-degree temperatures, battl * The ultimate Baby Boomer adventure story! * The author is an icon among American women adventurers * By the bestselling author of Polar Dream At the age of 63, Helen Thayer fulfilled her lifelong dream of crossing Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Accompanied by her 74-year-old husband Bill and two camels, Tom and Jerry, Thayer walked 1600 miles in 126-degree temperatures, battling fierce sandstorms, dehydration, dangerous drug smugglers, and ubiquitous scorpions. For more than 60 days Helen struggled to keep moving through this inhospitable terrain despite a severe leg injury. Without sponsors, a support team, or radio contact, hers is a journey of pure discovery and adventure. Walking the Gobi takes readers on a trip through a little-known landscape and introduces them to the culture of the nomadic people whose ancestors have eked out an existence in the Gobi for thousands of years. Thayer's respect and admiration for the culture of Gobi and her gentle weaving of natural history shine throughout this remarkable story. The author proves that Baby Boomers don't have to take life lying down-their adventures have just begun. ...

Title : Walking the Gobi: A 1,600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair
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Walking the Gobi: A 1,600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair Reviews

  • AdamMcPhee
    2019-05-02 02:26

    Majestic.

  • Liralen
    2019-05-22 01:35

    Here's something that, early on, told me what kind of book this was going to be: on page 12, Thayer mentions that in preparation for their 1,600-mile trek across the Gobi, she and her husband had walked 1,500 miles through Death Valley and 4,000 miles through the Sahara. This isn't said dramatically—just a statement of fact. They knew what they were getting into, and they were determined to do it right.It is not a trip that appeals to me—breathtaking heat, serious concerns about water (and one very close call involving water), camels. But I can appreciate how mindful they were about the trip, and the way they adjusted to the endless desert:When we began the journey, the desert had seemed empty. Now we noticed little things that earlier would have passed unnoticed. An oddly shaped rock, a tiny sliver of struggling vegetation, a dancing distant mirage, and the deep blue of the sky all gained our attention. Details were no longer insignificant. They were what made the desert, and in our passage we had become part of it. (109)For the most part they are steady, calm. There are pitfalls—problems with water and scorpions, for example, and an injury the author sustained some months prior to setting out. She was in her 60s and he in his 70s, and they made the trip both in spite of and because of their age; it undoubtedly made some things more difficult, but if they waited much longer it would simply be more difficult, and it had been her dream for decades. (Also helpful: being able to play to 'respect your elders' card.)I am unlikely to return to this one, but it satisfied my curiosity and gave me things to think about.

  • Bonnie
    2019-05-25 00:27

    This was an amazing book, and contained everything I long for in a non-fiction book: daring-do adventure, a plot so amazing that it would work in a fiction book, and a place I have never been before.At times you have to remind yourself that this really happened, as I found it difficult to believe.The book tells the story of Helen Thayer and her husband, in their 60's and 70's respectively, who, not long after a horrible rear-end collision with a truck, on a bridge in Seattle, that hurt her, from her spine all the way down to her feet, walked 1,600 miles across the Gobi desert in 81 days, in Mongolia, in the blistering, lip-cracking, 120+ degree summer heat.They did it with only 2 camels, which they named Tom and Jerry, who carried their supplies. They weren't allowed radios, as they were too close to the Chinese border. Their walk was fraught with danger: they nearly died of dehydration, they were almost thrown into a Chinese prision, they came across smugglers, they were bit by scorpions, and she had to consume mass quantities of pain pills to make it with her injuries. They also encountered great kindness, and at times almost smothering hospitality, from each and every Mongolian they encountered, in addition to coming to love the land around them, and making friends with Tom and Jerry.I adored how their focus was on honoring the people, customs, animals, and land of Mongolia. The reader can't help but come away with, not only a better understanding, but also a greater appreciation for the people who make the Gobi desert their home.She is a descriptive writer, and at times, all they see for days on end is flat nothingness, but it never gets boring or monotonous. She has a way of zeroing in on the interesting moments.I also really enjoyed the book's interesting factoids about the Gobi desert. I found myself raising my eyebrows in wonder at least every other page, especially toward the beginning of the book. For example, did you know that only 3% of the Gobi is covered with sand? Or that, during the winter, the Gobi is covered with snow, and averages -40 degrees?The only 2 things I wished for were captions about the black and white photographs at the beginning of each chapter, so that the reader would know what they were looking at, and in fact, it would have been nice to have a section of color photos in the center of the book. I also wished for an inventory list of what they took on their journey. For those who have a hike across a desert on their life's to-do list, and for those who are arm chair adventurers (I'm in the 2nd category) this book is a riveting non-fiction read.

  • Elly Sands
    2019-04-26 19:16

    This is definitely a true vicarious experience walking Mongolia's Gobi Desert with the author, her husband and two camels. I felt tired, hot, hungry, awed, gritty with sand, and incredibly thirsty. The miles passed, the scorpions stung, the camels ate their cookies, sandstorms attacked and still many more miles to go. This book really takes you step by step by step by 1600 hundred miles of aching steps through the Gobi. I pulled for them all the way! An extraordinary experience.

  • Theresa
    2019-05-16 02:38

    Trek vicariously with Helen and her husband through the Gobi Desert...unforgettable, courageous journey.

  • Julie Bitting
    2019-05-23 23:38

    An interesting and inspiring story. I hope at age 64 and 73, I have as much stamina as Helen and Bill.

  • Bea Elwood
    2019-04-26 00:34

    Serious life/ relationship goals. Inspiring. Oh did we mention she was 63 when she walked across the Gobi desert, with an injured hip??? I need to stop complaining about getting 10,000 steps a day.

  • Marjorie Elwood
    2019-05-08 19:18

    Thayer's life is so incredible that it reads like fiction. She berates gun-toting border guards, telling them that they have shamed their families and Mongolia itself by imprisoning her and her husband, as she and her husband are elders. She suffers through the loss of her water and subsequent near-death dehydration but continues on, stubbornly putting one foot in front of the other to attain her goal.

  • Troy
    2019-05-03 22:41

    The book was decent in a generalized way until the chapter about breaking the law and being scared of the local officials. At that point and for the rest of that particular chapter, it seemed to me that the author was trying to make something fantastical out of something that would have been interesting anyhow ~ she turned it into something unbelievable. After that chapter though, it returned to being decent. Overall I would not recommend this book.

  • Barbara von der Osten
    2019-04-27 20:28

    Helen Thayer is the author of one of my favorite books, Polar Dream, so naturally I wanted to read this one. Although well planned, this is a walk I wouldn’t want to take. Miles across hot, dry, sandy, windy, mostly desolate land, accompanied by snakes, scorpions and wolves. Thayer and her husband share their encounters with the Mongolian people, which is mostly the nomadic families in their path. It is admirable to see how they handle the unexpected with grace and determination. This is another great presentation of adventure by Thayer.

  • Chris
    2019-05-08 01:21

    It takes a lot of talent to be able to write a book like this that is both interesting and worth while because the Gobi desert is just one large barren landscape with very little happening. Helen has been traveling all over the world sharing her stories about all the places she has ventured too and I'm glad I read this because chances are I would probably not last a day or week walking around in the Gobi. The heat can get as high as 126 in a day and I can barely handle 97 degrees at times.The story of this wonderful book starts with the whole purpose of her trip - to teach kids about all the different places with personal stories and pictures but also to fulfill her dream of walking the Mongolia's Gobi desert. I must say that for a woman who is 63 at the time of her adventure is quite an undertaking so when your grandparents say they are too tired to go to the mall for the afternoon just know they have the energy in them they are just being lazy, if a lady with hip problems can complete a 1,600 mile journey.What was fascinating about the journey her and the husband took was that they both had injuries to their body while walking the trip. The level of pain they endured was at times unbearable but they managed with the help of modern medicine and their camel buddies, Tom and Jerry. In their adventure they ran across all kinds of people who lived in this vast empty space and were at times happy to toast and talk about what they do. Many of these people have never had anything to do with modern technology and most probably have never used a computer. The families that travel in the desert are always moving from water hole to water hole.The idea of wealth for people living there is not measured so much in money but by how many kinds of animals you own in your herd. It is common for the well-off families to have as many as 500 animals in one herd of varying kinds. The idea of having to take care of that many animals a day in the desert with very little vegetation is very difficult if you don't have resources to feed them with. I found it very interesting that it was common for animals to wander off for several miles and that the children and teenagers would be required to help round them back up and that the animals never made it hard to corral back home.Many Westerns would probably not be able to stomach the kind of foods they eat over there just as Helen and her husband experienced over and over. There they let their camel or goat's milk sit in the hot heat for days so it can spoil and go bad (according to Western standards) but they loved drinking it there along with very salty tea. Many of their snacks were a kind of fermented yogurt with hard curds at times and hard squares of goat milk. One of their delicacies was cutting off a sheep's fat tail and cutting it up into chucks to mix with rice and water. I think when you live in the desert your whole life you have to learn to make do with what you have.Their resourceful way of life is what caught my attention. Every family lived off the land and none of them required any kind of electricity since they were always moving. They had no crops so vegetables were very limited but meat was fresh and ready from the animals that were with them. It was only as fresh as when they killed the animal but what they had left over they would just hang in the air to dry and regardless of how rancid or putrid it smelled they would still cut off stripes at a time and throw it on the stove to cook. Stoves were heated from the dung patties from the animals which created a source of fuel for them that didn't produce any kind of odor when it burned.If you want to learn more about a space that is very hot and dry with very little activity then this is a book that will open your eyes to a life of adventure and learning of new cultures. It bothers me that people say they need all the modern conveniences we have today but the truth is you don't and can very much reduce your carbon footprint. This is story that the author made very interesting to read and I'm glad I got to learn about a place I might never get to visit.If you want to learn more about Helen Thayer be sure to visit her website to see pictures of her trip to the Gobi. www.helenthayer.com

  • Mimi
    2019-05-16 19:25

    Why would anyone want to do this?It was hot They walked a lot.I did not vote for this book for book club. We have got to start picking better books.

  • Lara
    2019-05-01 03:25

    I am probably more familiar with the Gobi, and cultural ideas of Mongolians than most people who read this book. I find her view of the Mongolian people pretty far from the cultural group and minorities themselves. When I had originally got this book, I was hoping more for a decent overview of the flora and fauna of the desert. While, it being a desert, I realize that there isn't much of it, but there is a fair amount of history and conservation efforts of the Gobi bear and Bactine Camels. She briefly touches on them. She has ample opportunities to identify some of the snakes that they come across but instead she can only seem to manage to explain the lengths that she and her husband go to avoid them. She could have gone into a decent description of the plants found there and the shrubs, but like the snakes she doesn't just complains about the challenge of getting through them. They even make a side trip to see where remains of where dinosaurs had been found, but again for someone who claims to be an adventurer who does classroom work, there's little to no description of what she finds.I find that she had photos at the beginning of each section, which didn't match what the following chapter was about. I would have liked some description about the photos that she included and why she chose those over what I'm sure to be thousands of photos.Her writing style and ability to write certainly doesn't match other travel writers, and while I've been spoiled with Bill Bryson and some other travel writers, I found this book overall to be disappointing because mostly with something as amazing and auspicious as the Gobi Desert is, I really don't feel like she's done it proper justice in this book where she spends most of the book complaining about the heat and long trek, but she chose to go. I just didn't care to read as much about her bitter complaints about something she chose to do. She was brash and judgmental at times, and had opportunities to go further with descriptions of nomadic tribes rather than describing the fatty meat they serve every chapter. The fact that she choose to be less of a fly on the wall is a shame for a travel writer, nor did I really care to read about how she chose to negatively portray people that she seemed to know very little about.However, I do believe that this book does has its moments. I find her segments from her journal that she includes to be more interesting than the actual book; it's certainly a shame that she didn't include more instead of what she actually published. It's a shame that I've been reading more books this year that I don't really like.

  • Marti
    2019-04-29 20:20

    In parts inspiring and in all ways interesting. I would never do what the Thayers did but it sure was interesting to read about it!

  • Tonia
    2019-05-22 01:14

    So far I am trying to figure out why anyone would want to walk through a desert. Barren. Void. Empty. Sandy. So far I am enjoying the book but as a tourist and a walker I just don't think I would ever make this a life goal as the author has. I shall keep reading to open my eyes to her perspective. "The absence of outside distractions caused us to immerse ourselves fully in our environment, which meant that we were ready to respond instantly to any emergency that might rise. Rather than reading books at night, we used the time to sleep." p. 116Now that I have read the book I can say that I still don't want to walk to through any desert but I do respect Thayer and her partner Bill as this was an amazing book to read. The physical challenges, the mind games the desert plays on them, the hospitality of the Mongolians, the craziness of the Chinese border patrol, the idea that one keeps walking and walking and walking even when one's mouth is full of sandy grit. Incredible story from amazing people!A poem Thayer left behind in a desert in the centre of a cairn:Although the harshness of the desert sometimes climbs beyond human endurance, a deep feeling of tranquility floods our senses as we allow ourselves to become part of the earth, wind, sand and dust that surrounds us. We can never conquer the elements; we can only experience them as a visitor, knowing that after we have passed, the desert will continue its ways both gentle and violent long after we are gone. It takes time to understand the special freedom that comes when we join hands with Mother Nature and follow her lead. The increasing weariness and outward struggle is made easier when we are at peace with our surroundings and at one with our Creator. (p. 179)

  • Heidi
    2019-04-26 21:36

    This is a journey I'm glad I took by armchair. When Communism crumbled and the borders of Mongolia were once again opened to outsiders, 63-year-old Helen and her husband Bill decided to complete a lifelong dream of walking across the Gobi Desert, a journey of more than 1600 miles which took 81 days. As if that wasn't crazy enough, Helen and Bill were in a car accident a few months before leaving which resulted in serious pain every time Helen tried to walk. I couldn't really figure out what drove them--they kept talking about collecting material for an elementary school independent study course but it didn't seem to me like they would need to walk across the Gobi to make a couple of 5th graders happy. But I can accept the fact that some people are just crazy.Helen describes the miles and miles and miles of sand...and more sand...and even more sand. Occasionally the sand was interspersed with a dead animal or, if they were really lucky, a ger (a family tent). I liked hearing about the different traditions, like how Mongolians just enter other peoples' tents without knocking (Helen could't get used to that one) and the different foods enjoyed by Mongolians (mostly rancid meat or aged milk/yogurt, which sounded distinctly unappetizing).But Helen and Bill loved it--Helen's delight in Mongolia and in her project shone through every word. Traveling near the Chinese border, they tangled with smugglers and with Chinese border agents, but that still didn't dampen their enthusiasm for their long walk.The book made me thirsty. And hungry. And really, really glad that I live in a place where it rains and where I can pop over to the supermarket to buy tomatoes anytime I want.

  • Diane
    2019-05-04 21:30

    The author has an excellent reputation as an explorer/adventurer but I did not care for this book or her style of writing. She and her husband set out to walk east to west across the Gobi desert - a trip of 81 days. Since I know nothing about the Gobi or Mongolia I was looking forward to seeing new things and learning new things, but the main focus of the book is her complaining about being hot (which reminds me of Hummer owners complaining about gas mileage), complaining about her sore legs, complaining about the food, complaining about how ugly the Russian settlements are. Every so often she launches into how beautiful and wonderful it is in the desert and how wonderful the nomads are, but this enthusiasm is short lived and lost among her complaints. There are some interesting parts with very brief descriptions with Gobi animals and Gobi nomads (but she can't stand their food and is uncomfortable with their hospitality). There is little elaboration on the wildlife or on the native peoples. She does like the camels who are trekking with them. The book may have also suffered because I read it between two great travel/adventure books: the first a rollicking fun account of traveling through Afghanistan and Pakistan by a young woman who had equal travails but found the difficulties stimulating and who genuinely loved the food and the people; the other an interesting and well researched account of a trip up the Yangtze. Walking the Gobi is not worth the time to read it.

  • Cmjudy
    2019-05-16 20:36

    Wow! The author, and adventurer, Helen Thayer gives an excellent portrayal of her journey through the Gobi! I could have read this in a day, but I kept re-reading chapters over and over. I felt like I was right there in the desert with Helen and Bill. I even got thirsty while reading the book!To be honest, I didn't even pick this book. I am part of a book group and the book was picked for me. And my first reaction was why did they walk through the desert, give me a break. But as I read the book, and learned in detail of the Nomads in the dessert, I realized that I would have never 'met' these wonderful people had Bill and Helen not shared this experience with me.Also, now this is deep, but it is somewhat metaphoric as we are all walking our Gobi's right now. Whether you are a person recovering from cancer, looking for a job, getting married, suffering a loss, fighting an illness, going to school, or you may be a college student who is getting ready to graduate and start life. We are all walking our Gobi's.It reminds me, us, that we can not just sit and let life pass us by but we must take advantage of this FULL wonderful life and seize every moment.POWERFUL! Inspiring! Full of Hope!I look forward to reading more of the Thayer's adventures!

  • Gretchen
    2019-05-24 02:34

    Truly an amazing, incredible journey of the trek across the 1600 mile Mongolian Gobi Desert by 63-year old Helen Thayer, her 74-year old husband and their two camel companions. Roughly the same age as Thayer when she accomplished this feat, I am blown away by her fortitude, determination, ability to problem-solve, and eyes to see the beauty of the desolate Gobi. Oh, and then there was the very serious leg injury she sustained before the trek and which was a factor throughout the 60 days that it took to accomplish the trip. I can think of a dozen very good reasons/excuses why the trip should not have taken place, but clearly I am not made of the same stuff as Helen Thayer. Dehydration, life-threatening sandstorms, scorpions, Gobi bears, and dangerous drug smugglers were part of their adventure but so were the occasional nomads they met who welcomed them with such warmth and concern despite their own impoverished (by our standards) conditions. And this is what made the tough stuff pale in comparison for the Thayers. That and the beauty of the land, stark though it might be. Although often desperately exhausted and constantly in situations which put their lives at risk, they never failed to note and be enthralled with the magnificence of vista and people.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-29 19:30

    A moderately interesting account of Ms. Thayer and her husband's trek across the southern Gobi desert. As ages 63 and 74 they trekked 1600 miles in 81 days with two camels, meeting a resupply plane every 20 days-an amazing feat by anyone's standards. Unfortunately, the writing leaves much to be desired. Taken from their journal entries and desire to educate, it varies primarily from long-winded history lessons inserted at odd times to multiple commentary on the huge struggles against the 'insufferable' heat and desert, their self-aggrandizing accounts of their encounters with nomads and their customs (some humorous) and the overwhelming pain she struggled valiantly to overcome on a daily basis...as if these challenges were thrust upon them unbeknownst (both had suffered injuries months prior to their departure and they chose to go anyway.) Throughout the book she refers to all the photos they took, yet only a dozen or so appear in the book...at the beginning of each chapter. I am in complete awe of their accomplishment, but would have preferred to hear more about the nomads they encountered or less whining about their trials and tribulations.

  • Leslie
    2019-05-18 23:42

    This one gets 4 stars purely for the adventure and determination behind the journey. 64 year old Helen and her 70+ year old husband walk 1600 miles across the Gobi desert... in summer. Two camels, who they name Tom and Jerry, carry their belongings and become their companions, green snotty spit and all. Along the way the encounter hospitality and friendliness rarely experienced these days. They face danger too: smugglers illegally crossing the China/Mongolia border, temperatures over 100 degrees every day, and the tragic loss of almost all their water only a short time into a resupply. But, (spoiler alert) they live to tell their tale. The camels become a supporting cast, with their love of vanilla cookies and their protests against any discomfort from their load.The stories of Mongolian nomads that they meet along the way are fascinating, in a world with no modern "conveniences", and a slower, more centered way of living.

  • Josh
    2019-05-08 20:22

    Thayer's accomplishment in trekking 1,600 miles across Mongolia's Gobi Desert is inspiring (she was 63 at the time; her husband 74). Her book captures some of the epic beauty and tribulations that come from walking one of the harshest and most isolated landscapes on the planet. They see desert bears and wild camels (both extremely rare wildlife), cross paths with Mongolian border patrols, Buddhist monks, herder families, and Chinese smugglers, and survive a nearly lethal accident when a pack camel loses nearly all of their water during a leg of the trip. But the writing is sometimes trite and self-aggrandizing, and Thayer lacks a sense of humor. Overall, the book is more of a tedious slog than monumental journey. Personally, I'll take Bill Bryson and come up short of the finish line over Thayer.

  • Erin
    2019-05-21 02:22

    I liked this book. Not love, mostly for reasons other reviewers have cited. First off, walking through a barren desert is by and large, pretty boring. There's not much to say beyond describing the heat, sandstorms, hunger, thirst, and lack of anything. Oh, and scorpions and snakes. To make up for that the book focuses a lot on Helen's injury. As anyone knows, hearing someone constantly complain about how much pain they are in gets tedious after a very short time... this case was no different. The parts that were interesting were wildlife sightings and the interactions they had with the nomads. I could have used a whole lot more elaboration on how the nomads lived and what they were like and a lot less about limping, heat and sand in their eyes. Mongolia is a fascinating area, and this was a nice view into life there, in a way. A worthwhile read.

  • Jonette
    2019-05-01 20:38

    While some may not have the patience to make this long trek with Helen, those who take the time to simply walk along with her will find the gems of this book. I was most fascinated by the desert nomads who live under such harsh conditions, but retain beauty within their gers. I wondered at first if Helen's journey was simply a personal quest that didn't seem to have any redeeming value other than to meet the challenge no one has met. With her injured leg I questioned her wisdom in requiring this of her body. And I did find that I would have liked more of her inner thoughts, life lessons and personal wisdom, rather than just a day-by-day account of the trek.

  • Carolanne
    2019-04-30 23:30

    I really respect this feat. They came like one day close to dying. and they walked the whole damn Gobi desert (even if that is kind of a weird/dumb thing to do). Helen might be a great explorer, but the writing is kind of weak. ALSO- they are 63 and 74 when they do this.... they fall ALL the time (I can't believe they never broke a hip) which makes me respect them more because of their age, but it was really annoying reading about them falling every chapter. okay, that was petty but still! They can keep Mongolia. All the people sounded nice... but its a pretty rundown beat down country. well, it was when this was written 10 years ago.

  • Jean
    2019-05-17 19:42

    This is a tale of Helen and her husband, Bill, walking the Mongolian Gobi desert with two camels. They encounter temperatures in the 100s, sandstorms, lack of water, border police, smugglers, scorpions, and the Mongolian people, always ready to accept these strangers into their homes. It made me think "I would never do that!" As with another book Helen wrote, it seems to me her common sense is lost at times, like the time she got in a car accident before the Mongolia trek, injured her hips and legs, and then did not go to the hospital until AFTER she got home from a week-long hiking trip.

  • Melani
    2019-05-20 03:23

    What an adventure! Scorpions and snakes and dry, withering desert heat... Helen Thayer is a person of seemingly indomitable spirit. Crossing the Gobi desert on foot when she could be getting the senior citizen discount at Mc Donalds drive thru! I was really inspired by her courage and her wonderful relationship with her husband. The accounts of the environment and people of the Gobi were really moving. Even after all of the suffering that she describes them going through on their trek, I found myself wanting to be there with them.

  • Shana
    2019-05-16 01:32

    Last night I finished reading Walking the Gobi: A 1600-Mile Trek Across a Desert of Hope and Despair. I definitely skimmed parts of it, but overall I found it pretty damn impressive. I mean, this woman was 63 and her husband was 74 and they were able to accomplish this huge trek. I’m 23 and not nearly in good enough shape to even think about such a journey. It’s certainly an inspiring account of an amazing trip!

  • Kristy McCaffrey
    2019-05-13 22:42

    Miss Thayer and her husband walked across the Gobi desert, which sits on the border of Mongolia and China. This is all the more audacious because they're both in their 60's and 70's. They plan and practice for the trek and are by no means unexperienced at a trip like this. But the unexpected does arise and Thayer shares these with candor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, feeling as if I'd made the journey with them. I'll always think of their two camels, Tom and Jerry, with fondness.

  • Anne Marie
    2019-05-09 21:25

    How can I not give a 60+ year old woman who walks through the GOBI desert with her 70 year old husband and two camels, and writes about the trip, the land, and the culture evenly, precisely, and with just enough emotional conveyance 5 stars? She gives the reader an experience they are unlikely to have or even want to have after reading, but appreciate that she did. What an adventurer, what a woman.