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Book Review – Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Heyerdahl

The famous Norweigan explorer Thor Heyerdahl has a theory that the islands of the Pacific Ocean could have been first settled by pre-Colombian explorers from South America rather than the common belief that these settlers came from the North and West. In 1947 he and a crew of four set-offs from Peru on a simple balsa wood raft named Kontiki on a 5000-mile journey to prove this theory.

Book Review – No picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb by Felice Benuzzi

Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, one prisoner, Felice Benuzzi, realizes he can bear it no longer. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea, an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea – to escape and climb the mountain.

Oregon: Tillamook – Tillamook Air Museum, a former airship Naval base

Tillamook Air Museum is located in a rural setting close to the Oregon Pacific coast. In World War II this was the site of a Naval base used to deploy K Class airships (blimps) across the Pacific ocean to detect enemy ships and submarines. The base was decommissioned in the 1940s and fell into disrepair. Today, the remaining hanger, Hanger B – one of the largest wooden buildings in the World, is the location of the Tillamook Air Museum.

Oregon: Astoria – the gateway to the Columbia River

Astoria is located in the far northwestern corner of Oregon, where the mighty Columbia River spills into the Pacific Ocean. There is plenty to do in this small coastal town and it is blessed with several microbreweries, restaurants and pubs. It is also a great base to explore the area’s State Parks such as Cape Disappointment State Park and Ecola State Park as well as the coastal towns of Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach. Also, this is where the explorers, Lewis and Clark, ended their expedition to map the Western Territories.

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