March 30, 2009

An Oldie but a Goodie!

I begin with the Title: Shooting the Boh
A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo by Tracy Johnston (copyright 1992). At the time she was a Traveller and a Journalist, living in Oakland, CA.

The basis of this book is that the Author signed up for a rafting expedition down Borneo's Boh River. She went with a group of eccentric fellow adventurers from all over the globe. Perhaps the biggest discovery she made was what she learned about herself: about what it means to be an adventurer - a woman adventurer "on the wrong side of forty."

The karma that brought me to this book was many years ago, I attended a lovely outdoor wedding in Capitola, CA. The bride, Nancy is a childhood friend. She was being a dutiful bride, (meaning she was busy), and I didn't know anyone else there but her parents, so I found myself with the need to mingle. Seriously, how long could I stand at the edge of the cliff (literally a cliff) admiring the beautiful view? I knew I had to meet people, who by the way, all knew each other.

Well, I gravitated to a group of women who seemed to be enjoying lively conversations. They told me about a book they had all finished reading, and unanimously loved it! I memorized the name and author.

I left Capitola the next day, and travelled to San Rafael to stay with another longtime friend of mine (think kindegarten). Sandy took me to a local bookstore, and lo and behold the book was there to be mine.

I could have devoured this book on the five hour flight back East, however, I knew I wanted to digest each page slowly. Years later I re-read the book, and at times thought about those interesting and fun women I met in Capitola. It is interesting how some of lifes' situations can and often do connect you to people, books, and other journeys. It can be an inspiring ride.


  1. I love books like this- women on adventure. Nice post-thanks for the heads-up on a book to add to my list.

  2. Thanks for the book suggestion. I like reading about strong women. Enjoy!

  3. Looks like a very interesting book - thank you for sharing!

  4. It's always interesting to me that sometimes we are put in the right place and the right time to be able to savor something like this.

  5. I love the way you write! Thanks for the book tip.

  6. Oh MY...this sounds like just the book I need right now! To the book list it goes...


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