Summer Reading List – Adventurers & Explorers


Awe… Summer is here. The time of year we all try to slip away for a little vacation. If you are anything like us the first thing you pack is a good book. Here is a list of suggested books about adventures and exploration. Taking a book on an adventures is like having an adventure packed inside another adventure. Adventures don’t need to be as life threatening or drastic as any of these, but we encourage all our readers to get out and enjoy nature. Some of the best adventures are ones right in your own neighborhood. Stop at a park you’ve never been to, take a different route home, or hike a new trail.

Suggested reading is in no particular order:

Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance by Iris Graville is one woman’s story of her search for calling. Graville, a burnt out nurse, does what so many of us have fantasized about she changes her name, quits her job, and moves to a remote village. In this book Iris and her family move to the secluded village of Stehekin, Wa. For those of you unfamiliar with Stehekin, it is a remote community on the Northwest banks of Lake Chelan with a population of around 100 year round residents. Stehekin is not accessible by roads. You can only access it by ferry or float plane. This is a great book about the journey to find your vocation in life.

Wild by Nature: From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot by National Geographic Explorer, Sarah Marquis is a book that will take you on a trip of a lifetime. Marquis recounts her 10,000 miles of walking through Asia. She encounters countless dangers and life threatening challenges with endurance, bravery, and determination. Over her three year journey she has numerous interactions with people of multiple cultures. This book is not about finding yourself or a pilgrimage, but rather about the expedition itself. I was impressed by this explorer’s courage and preparedness. This is one of those books that inspires you to dream bigger and set loftier goals.

Paddle Pilgrim by Dr. David Ellingson is about one PNW man’s solo journey down the Mississippi in his kayak. The story takes the reader along on a voyage of adventure, exploration, and spiritual pilgrimage. During his journey he encounters and overcomes challenges and meets interesting people and makes new friends. It’s the kind of book that puts you in the mood to plan an adventure. When I finished this one I went outside and dusted off my kayak and headed out on a little expedition of my own. My expedition was only a day trip to the lake, but it felt great!

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is a book about a PNW adventure. Strayed finds herself lost on a dangerous path of self destruction after the death of her mother. When she finds herself at rock bottom she picks up a book about the Pacific Crest Trail and decides to head out on a solo quest to find herself again. This is a journey to right her listing ship and find her true self.


Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear, and Awe in a Rising Sea by Kevin Vallely tells the tale of adventure and environmentalism as four Irishmen attempt to row the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2013. They encounter countless life threatening dangers in their pursuit to traverse the Northwest passage aboard their custom row boat. This is a wonderful tale of camaraderie, adventure, and environmental science. The author does a great job of relating the science behind what they see and hear from locals on their arctic journey.

Into the Wind: My Six-Month Journey Wandering the World for Life’s Purpose  by Jake Ducey is a story of a young man’s journey toward finding himself. He gave up a college basketball scholarship to take a brave and eye opening journey to discover the core of what is needed for a happy, successful life. By reading his story you will gain pure motivation to follow your wildest dreams and the reminder to always trust your own intuition.

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