South to Alaska: A True Story of Courage and Survival from America's Heartland to the Heart of a Dream

By Nancy Owens Barnes

A trip Even Huck Finn could Have Admired---Spokesman Review

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A actual tale of braveness and survival, South to Alaska contains readers from the heartland of the United States to the final Frontier...THE not easy method.

Born within the dusty center of Oklahoma in 1916, ten-year-old Melvin sees a photo of a cabin within the Alaska barren region in his fourth-grade geography publication and goals of dwelling there. approximately fifty years later he builds a 47-foot boat in his Arkansas yard, launches it at the Arkansas River, and cruises 10,000 miles to Alaska in terms of the Panama Canal. Melvin hasn't ever been south of the United States/Mexico Border and hasn't ever been on a ship within the open ocean.

"Learn by way of doing," he says.

In South to Alaska, writer Nancy Owens Barnes takes readers on trips. On one, readers keep on with a tender boy's dream that starts in a one-room, Oklahoma schoolhouse in 1926, and ends many years afterward an island in southeast Alaska. at the different, readers develop into a passenger aboard the crimson puppy because it cruises alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico the place, in 1973, Melvin starts off a solo trip alongside the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and significant the USA, during the Panama Canal, then into the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. tormented by mechanical difficulties, foreign fraud, violent ocean storms, threats of international reformatory, disease and loneliness, Melvin fears a dangerous finish sooner than achieving where of his goals and returning to the girl he loves. South to Alaska chronicles Melvin's 10,000-mile trip via a perilous global he is aware little approximately, to an international he can't forget.

About the Author
As the daughter of the most personality in South to Alaska, Barnes watched her father's dream weave its means in the course of the lives of her relatives. In 1971, she boarded the crimson puppy for the 1st leg of its trip alongside the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.

Barnes was once featured within the wintry weather 2010 factor of Coeur d'Alene journal as one in all 9 North Idaho authors who've completed popularity of their paintings. Her writing has seemed in a number of courses comparable to We Alaskans and Idaho journal, and in literary journals akin to The Lyric and Snowy Egret, the oldest autonomous magazine of nature writing within the usa. In 2008 she bought the Zola Award for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Writers organization. She has additionally authored a brief anthology of nature writing titled Moose for Breakfast, in addition to a quick consultant for starting writers titled the best way to Swat the KILLER BEs from your Writing. Barnes bought her BA measure from Vermont university of Norwich college the place she studied artistic writing.

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Although Delling promised in each cell name and in each letter to get him documented evidence, Delling by no means acted on his supplies and always blamed Soto. My mom turned more and more distressed. “Melvin, what are we going to do? we have to get mom moved out of the following quickly, and we can’t wait eternally on Delling. This boat is inflicting us not anything yet difficulties. I’m ill of caring approximately it. we need to do something,” she advised Dad. “I be aware of. I’m simply unsure what we will be able to do. ” With cash going out and little coming in, my father knew he had to come back to paintings quickly. pissed off and determined, he wrote Delling a letter, addressing it to Delling’s domestic in Texas. September sixteen, 1972 John: You pointed out the boat be unloaded someplace except Ensenada. I paid for the boat to be hauled less than bond and insured to Ensenada harbor, introduced and rigged able to run just like for those who left with it. don't less than any conditions free up agreement or coverage until eventually boat is secure and able to run with all instruments and kit aboard in Ensenada harbor. Get a signed assertion from Soto certifying boat freed from any fees or fees—Important! If very unlikely to railway to Ensenada and needs to release in different places, it can be towed or barged. If run to Ensenada lower than personal energy, i have to be refunded distinction in railroad mileage. as a minimum coverage needs to be maintained to Ensenada! don't free up prior to! John, i don't want or intend to get involved with an individual in Mexico. i've got no take care of Mr. Soto—he is your agent and your accountability. you set the boat into Mexico—you must get it out. You signed agreement to convey boat for $5000, $2000 prematurely. i've got complex approximately $8000 to you, plus approximately $80 in cellphone money owed and misplaced 5 months paintings whereas ready, and feature acquired nothing—not even evidence of cargo, or whereabouts of boat, which I asked a few months again. there were instances when you consider that that i've got questioned if the boat isn’t nonetheless environment at Tampico. relaxation guaranteed, for those who hand over making an attempt and abandon my boat or fail to carry as agreed and paid for, i'm going to haven't any selection other than to cost you, your companion, and all who've bought a part of the money complicated, with fraud for the volume complex, plus rate of boat and instruments. John, i've got attempted to be your good friend and feature performed every little thing you asked—far greater than a person else may have performed. when you've got lied to me in regards to the take care of Soto, you might have defrauded me. when you have instructed me the precise fact, I don’t see how he may help yet convey the boat to Ensenada or pay the assurance. Please get me evidence copies of Soto deal. preserve strain on Soto. Write U. S. Consul at Tampico and Mexico urban and Guadalajara for a cost on Soto and placement of boat. name Mexican Consul at Houston. name Houston or Galveston Coast safeguard. because it is a documented vessel, i feel they'll inquire approximately it with the Mexican govt. preserve attempting and permit me be aware of. All this ready is making an attempt me bodily, mentally, and financially. Don’t get the effect that i feel it’s a mattress of roses for you—I understand it’s simply as undesirable for you because it is for me.

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