Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage

Epicenter Press
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The Ocean is calling me. This is my Journey.

With these words, in the spring of 2010, Susan Marie Conrad scaled her world down to an 18-foot sea kayak and launched a solo journey that took her north to Alaska. With no sense of where she belonged in space and unreconciled feelings of a painful childhood following her, she decided that instead of running away, she would run toward her dreams. Her adventure took her along the western coast of North America, through the Inside Passage—a 1,200-mile ribbon of water—in a journey of the sea and soul.

The expedition took her deep within herself, humbling her, healing her, helping her to discover the depths of her own strength and courage. On her way from Anacortes, Washington, to Juneau, Alaska, she grappled with fear and exhaustion, forged friendships with quirky people in the strangest places, endured perilous weather and angry seas, and pretended not to be intimidated by 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales.

She lived her dream.
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About the author

Susan Marie Conrad grew up on a small farm in upstate New York. By dint of exploring the mountains of Colorado, Oregon, and Montana, she eventually discovered the dynamic and addictive environment of coastal British Columbia and Washington State, where she thrives as an adventure-seeker. Susan is a writer, photographer, personal trainer, kayak instructor, and outdoor enthusiast. She lives with her second-half-of-life partner, along with a ridiculously large dog and two normal-sized cats in Oso, Washington. Learn more at SusanMarieConrad.com
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Publisher
Epicenter Press
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Published on
May 15, 2016
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781935347651
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
Biography & Autobiography / Women
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