Adventure is what you make of it

Adventure—in mysterious and exotic locales, distant valleys, and strange cultures; but probably not in your own back yard. Elements of danger; mystery; thrills; new ways of looking at things; stress; hardship; moments of unexpected bliss: Adventure.

Here are some to start with:

In 1898 a young Englishman took off into the African jungles at the south end of the continent, to reappear eighteen months later having walked the entire length, Cape to Cairo. He instantly became famous, and we present an article about this famous walk, from 1901. With commmentary; much happened to this Englishman after the article was published...

The Klondike Gold Rush, 1897: "Ho for the Klondike": In late 1897 gold was discovered in the far northwest of the American continent. Hundreds of gold-seekers spent their life savings attempting to get to Alaska and the Yukon to get rich, but most got cold and miserable. Before they could even find a claim, they had to get there. What was it like in the early days of the Klondike? Read a contemporary account, from McCLURE'S MAGAZINE for March, 1898.

Vladivostok, 1918: "Traveling Through Siberian Chaos": In the disruptions that came from the combination of the end of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and the civil war that followed, thousands of refugees joined the prisoners of war, displaced civilians, and partisans of all sides in Vladivostok, in the Russian Far East. Complicating the matters were the armies of all the allied powers, who executed a ham-footed ballet for influence, power, and wealth in the disintegrating Russian Empire. America had an army there, too—invited in by the Tsar and the first revolutionary government, but despised by the Bolsheviks who were struggling to take over the revolution for their own ends. For both good and bad reasons the American units confined their efforts to preserving the operation of the Trans-Siberian Railroad and cooperating with the Czech armies that occupied it along its length. Read one journalist's first-person account of the chaos in Siberia in late 1918. [Originally published in HARPER'S MAGAZINE for November 1918.]

East coast of the United States, 1908: You've got your steam-powered automobile in the best of condition, and you want to drive from New York City on wonderful and wretched roads to Savannah, Georgia. It's a true Adventure to go "Touring From North to South." From TRAVEL MAGAZINE, for December, 1908.

Most recent update: 28 May 2011.



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