The Circumference of Home: One Man's Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Travel - 396 pages
This much is clear to me. If I can't change my own life in response to the greatest challenge now facing our human family, who can? And if I won't make the effort to try, why should anyone else? So I've decided to start at home, and begin with myself. The question is no longer whether I must respond. The question is whether I can turn my response into an adventure. After realizing the gaping hole between his convictions about climate change and his own carbon footprint, Kurt Hoelting embarked on a yearlong experiment to rediscover the heart of his own home: He traded his car and jet travel for a kayak, a bicycle, and his own two feet, traveling a radius of 100 kilometers from his home in Puget Sound. This ''circumference of home'' proved more than enough. Part quest and part guidebook for change, Hoelting's journey is an inspiring reminder that what we need really is close at hand, and that the possibility for adventure lies around every bend.
 

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The author asks a profound question Will I have a compelling answer for my grandchildren when they ask: "What did you do? How did you respond when our climate first started to come unraveled, when you ... Read full review

Contents

THE BOOT
1
Walking the Rivers of Home 2 CHAPTER 1 Footloose in the Geography of Nowhere
26
Where Wild Salmon Still Run 47 CHAPTER 3 A Pilgrimage of Homecoming
62
An Island Four Days Long
82
THE SPOKE
103
Tracking the Elusive Mechanical Horse
104
Hooked by Salmon
119
Hidden Temples of Silence
132
Crossing an Uncharted Sea
215
Riding the Long Wave 225 CHAPTER 14 A New Species of Marine Mammal
239
Homeward Bound
267
Closing the Circle
285
EPILOGUE
293
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
304
NOTES
307
PERMISSIONS
321

The Peaks of Circumference Part 1 145 CHAPTER 9 Riding Through the Lost Heart of the City
167
The Peaks of Circumference Part 2
182
The Peaks of Circumference Part 3
193
THE PADDLE
214
Front Cover Flap
323
Back Cover Flap
325
Back Cover Material
326
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