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Recommended Reading...

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Adventure Associates "Real Travellers" often engage in a favorite conversation: What are you reading? Below are recent recommendations from our staff and travellers.

Earth Prayers from Around the World:
365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth

Edited By: Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon
Requested by: Adventure Associates' Real Travellers!
What is it about? We have had so many requests for this book that we decided to put it on our recommended reading list. It is one that is near and dear to our hearts, as for 20 years we have used it for readings in the field. It includes writings about the earth from: Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Margaret Atwood, Robert Frost, Annie Besant, May Sarton, Dylan Thomas, Starhawk, D.H. Lawrence, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ho Chi Minh, Black Elk, W.E.B. DuBois, Denise Levertov, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Mary Oliver, and many others. We hope you will enjoy it as we do, and pass it on to your friends!

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan
Author: Jamie Zeppa
Suggested by: Sandra Braun
What is it about? Zappa's personal memoir of three years spent in the tiny Buddhist kingdom just south of Tibet is eye-opening and romantic. Despite initial setbacks of giardia, boils, and leeches, Zappa quickly opens herself to the simplicity of life that exists beyond the clutter of modern life. Her tale is part love story, part history lesson, and part Buddhist teachings. She wraps it together through the eyes of a woman desiring passion, freedom, resolution and enlightenment. Pam Houston, author of Waltzing the Cat says: "Praise Jamie Zappa for putting language to a landscape that is beautiful beyond description. Praise her for her courage, honesty, and mindfulness in finding words for an experience that goes beyond words."

Deep Water Passage; A Spiritual Journey at Midlife
Author: Ann Linnea
Suggested by: C. Beaty, San Juan Islands Kayaking
What is it about? Braving bitter cold, roaring winds, and high seas, Ann Linnea took sixty-five days to become the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. Spawned by her 43rd birthday, this powerful narrative is of one woman's willingness to reappraise everything - her perception of herself, her relationships with her husband, children, friends, and parents; and her understanding of life, death and the spirit. The long and weary voyage brought forth self-doubt, mortal danger, as well as triumphant exhilaration in the face of the elements. Her passion for the natural world and her introspective journey will resonate with anyone searching for deeper meaning in life.

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Relishable Recipes...

Meals served by new friends in distant countries result in recipe swaps. We hope to introduce you to this divine delight at our 20th Anniversary Celebration in October!

Grand Marnier Sponge Cake

Recipe by: Fran Murray, Seattle, WA
Photo: Africa Safari Reunion 2006

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy sweet cream
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 ounce semi-sweet chocolate
  • Rind of 1 orange, grated

    Serves about 10-12.
    Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch spring form pan with waxed paper. Beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they form peaks. Add the sugar gradually and beat until stiff. Beat the egg yolks and vanilla until very thick and pale yellow in color. Add one third of the whites to the yolks; mix gently but thoroughly. Gold the yolk mixture, flour and baking powder gradually into the egg white mixture. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.
    Meanwhile: Squeeze the juice of the oranges and lemon. Reserve the rind of one orange. Measure seven ounces of orange and lemon juices; add the Grand Marnier. When the cake is done, turn upside down to cool and remove the waxed paper. Poke holes in the cake with a cake tester or fine knitting needle. Pour the orange juice mixture over the cake slowly until it is absorbed. Sprinkle with one Tablespoon of sugar. Refridgerate overnight.
    Icing: Whip the heavy cream with three Tablespoons of confectioner's sugar until thick. Cover entire cake; sprinkle with grated chocolate and grated orange rind. Enjoy!

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