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Barbara “Bobbe” Belmont, the girl from Midnight Express, grew up on suburban Long Island. After graduating from a convent college in 1968, she turned her back on tradition and roamed the globe, immersing herself in a radical, often dangerous world of sports and travel.
"While my peers were raising families and securing successful careers, I spent decades of my life in a world of outdoor challenge and excitement--single, curious about the planet, and totally mobile. One year I lived in 17 different dwellings. I also lived in vans, campers, trucks, cars, tents, yurts, huts, caves, and the out-of-doors. Often, the sum total of my belongings could fit in a VW Bug, sometimes a backpack.
Between adventures I worked an absurd variety of jobs—chamber maid, salesgirl, au pair, gardener, grape and apple picker, ski teacher, coach, translator, florist, massage therapist, real estate agent, sled-dog racing consultant, kennel hand, secretary, switchboard operator, legislative assistant. When not earning a meager wage so that I could travel third class around the planet, I engaged in extreme sports. I climbed rock, mountains, and ice. I raced sled dogs, kayaked rivers and oceans, cycled alpine passes, piloted a hang-glider, flew an airplane, surfed, scuba dove… I competed every chance I got. I lived in a world of men. Women were simply not yet on the scene.
My greatest challenges came later in life and not out in the wide world. They are long-term Lyme Disease, Breast Cancer, and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Boy, did they try to crimp my style! While this memoir speaks to people of all ages, to women and men, both active and arm-chair adventure enthusiasts, I hope that it will also bring entertainment and inspiration to my fellow Lyme sufferers and those dancing with cancer and brain injury. There is always hope, even in the little things of daily life, and so much love awaits each and every one of us."
on Feb. 07, 2013 :
Truly inspiring. The author takes us on a journey trough time and space. In a world of adventure and travels. I found myself in my late teens, climbing mountains with friends in summer. Skying the mountains of Canada in the winters of my youth. And traveling the American mid west.
To anyone who wants to see the world in a new way. This is the book for you. I have truly been moved by the author's narrative. Her story is unique, touching and moving. I recommend this to anyone. Women will discover a role model. Men will discover a woman of courage and passion.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)