Join us in welcoming author, kayaker, adventurer Susan Marie Conrad, when she talks about her book Inside: One Woman's Journey Through the Inside Passage. Susan will be here Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30pm.
Hear Wendy Wallace interview Conrad on a Bainbridge Community Broadcast podcast of What's Up Bainbridge? by clicking here!
Conrad tells the story of a physical and emotional journey through an alluring, perilous, and healing seascape. Her adventure along the coast of western North America took Conrad deep within herself, humbling her, reminding her that she had much to learn as she confronted fear, solitude, exhaustion—and crushing sadness. So much of Inside is about acceptance and gratitude, triumph and tragedy.
In spring 2010, with Conrad's world scaled down to an 18-foot sea kayak and the 1,200-mile ribbon of water known as the Inside Passage, she launched a journey of the sea and soul that took her both north to Alaska and inward, as she discovered the depths of her own strength and courage. She paddled marathon distances for weeks on end, forged friendships with quirky people in the strangest of places, and pretended not to be intimidated by 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales.
She lived her dream.
"It’s not often that a person possessing the ability to sea kayak the Inside Passage solo is also capable of putting into words the extraordinary mental, physical, and emotional challenges faced daily on this incredible journey. Susan Conrad is one of those people. By skillfully blending sometimes painful memories of her life's trials and tribulations, with stories of the hardships and accomplishments she faced on her 1,100 mile kayaking adventure, she reveals valuable lessons for every outdoor lover seeking to find balance between themselves and nature. The life changing decisions, impassioned frustration, numbing exhaustion, and internal obstacles that we all face on our life's journey are eloquently mirrored here in one woman's Northwest Pacific Coast odyssey.
—Denis Dwyer, expedition paddler, author of Alone in the Passage: An Explorers Guide to Sea Kayaking the Inside Passage
Susan Conrad is an adventurer, author, educator, and speaker. She's also an accomplished paddler. Her tenacious exploration by sea kayak has fueled her stories and images of the natural world for decades. Her articles and photographs have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, and Figure magazines. Countless newspapers, guidebooks, and historical journals also feature Susan’s work. Inside is her debut memoir.