Saturday December 14 at 5:00 PM Kim Brown Seely will give a slide show presentation on Uncharted. You will not want to miss this slide show of Kim Brown Seely’s excellent adventure!
Kim grew up in California, moved to New York for a career in publishing as a young woman and met Jeff. In the 1990’s they moved to Seattle where they raised their two sons, James and Sam. They worked hard, invested wisely and as novice sailors dived into the deep end purchasing a fifty-four-foot, cutter rigged sailboat, a serious craft. Their first two week sailing vacation with their sons was not without drama.
When James finished high school, they decided it was time for a grand adventure. Haven’t you ever wanted to put your life on hold and do something bold? Hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Spend a year in Europe? Ride your bike across the USA? Swim with sharks? Well Kim and Jeff, do more than dream, they set out to spend a few months sailing up the Inside Passage. Kim has been fascinated by Spirit Bears since reading about them in a National Geographic article. She wanted to see one of the remote and elusive bear. Jeff was gung-ho to sail off into the wilderness.
Getting started had its highs and lows. Rocks prove to be frustrating for anchors, but being out on the water with all that glorious nature surrounding them is awe inspiring, outweighing the snafus of being novice sailors. Although heading up into the remote parts of the Inside Passage is definitely a bold move for new sailors! They are on their own, help is not nearby.
It is a parent’s duty to raise children into adults who are independent, able to think critically, and act with humility and kindness. Achieving this goal, while important, is not without sadness. Kim was taking it hard, her youngest child going off to college, leaving the nest, morphing from man-child to man. They take a break from sailing to accompany James to school, flying back to their vessel alone.
As they travel up the Inside Passage, they are astounded by the animal life and spectacular landscape. Humpback Whales come close to the sailboat! Imagine being out there, alone, with those magnificent animals, sheer bliss. There are a plethora of birds, dolphin, bear, and others. Yes, there are problems too. It is very wet in the Inside Passage, rains a lot. But that is tempered by golden days of sunshine surrounded by gorgeous nature. Jeff goes a little Captain Bligh over his crew, Kim, not learning the fundamentals of sailing the way he expects. Nonetheless this couple are out there living! Doing something adventurous and rewarding, with so many wonderful once in a lifetime moments.
Kim writes with an easy familiarity, almost as if she were talking with a good friend about something that has meant a lot to her. She is open about the exhilarating highs and lows of the trip, mindful of her good fortune to be able to undertake such a voyage.
Do you want to know if Kim ever sees the Spirit Bear? Read this engaging book to find out. Join us for a slide show of magnificent scenery (I got a sneak peek at the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s meeting).
There will be refreshments served and drawings for prizes. Sign up to attend this free event by calling 541-593-2525, emailing email@example.com, or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.