Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents

By Marty Essen

  • Six-time award-winning book!
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune top-10 "green" book!

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Cool Creatures, sizzling Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents follows Marty and Deb Essen on a three-and-a-half-year-long event to a few of the wildest locations on all seven continents.

The American couple begun crisscrossing the globe with the straightforward goal of attempting to find infrequent and engaging natural world. whilst their travels coincided with the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the further point made them unwitting ambassadors for peace. Their experiences--from a laugh to existence threatening--changed their lives forever.

This isn't really your standard travelogue. Marty Essen has written a booklet that entertains, informs, and poignantly reminds us that all of us percentage a small planet. 
 
Locations visited comprise: Belize, Peru (the Amazon Rainforest), Argentina, Australia (Queensland), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories), Antarctica, Europe (Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra), Malaysia (Borneo), and Africa (Zimbabwe).

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They have been going to show off the truck, weren’t they? Loud voices, slamming doorways, damn beer cans, and different noises crammed the subsequent ten mins. eventually, the daddy minimize the engine. I sighed back. the 2 shuffled approximately awhile longer, including occasional door slams for solid degree; then their camp went silent. I waited till i used to be definite they’d long past to sleep, took one final deep sigh, and curled along Annie — she sighed too. “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax! Max! the following, puppy! ” screamed the son. “Maaaaaaaax! right here, Max! ” bellowed the daddy. They either whistled. I sat up, able to explode. the daddy and son evidently hadn’t learn the signal on the campground front: “Dogs has to be leashed or tied always. Strictly enforced. ” the 2 tromped via camp, yelling and whistling, until eventually they positioned their puppy. I checked out my watch. It was once after dead night. Now, too wound as much as sleep, I closed my eyes and imagined myself sneaking over and liberating the air from their tires. the concept didn’t placed me to sleep, however it made me think greater. “Bob? Bub! Bub! Buuuuuuuuuuub! the following, puppy! ” sure, that they had canine. This time I needed to crack a grin. because the son crisscrossed camp, calling and whistling for his puppy, Bob, he sounded extra like a bird than a human. “Bub! Bub! Buuuuuuuuuuub! the following, puppy! Bub! Bub! Buuuuuuuuuuub! right here, puppy! …” I fell asleep almost immediately after one o’clock, contented with the assumption that the daddy and son might sleep in. in truth, might be i may wake them up. Miles traveled to date: 5,219 Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Rup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup. . . . The diesel engine dislodged me from my shut eye. i peeked at my watch. It was once 5 previous six. I felt a surge of inflammation prior to consoling myself with a delightful notion: “They’ll be leaving quickly. ” Pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup-pup. . . . For the subsequent fifteen mins, the engine grumbled, doorways slammed, and voices yelled. Then a girl, from the other facet of the campground, all started shouting in anger. I couldn’t make out her phrases, yet she’d evidently had adequate of our thoughtless associates. The camp went silent. other than, in fact, for the idling engine. whereas I must have been happy, I lay in my dozing bag feeling ashamed. I must have been the only to process the daddy and son. “Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaax! Max! the following, puppy! ” That was once it! I stormed from the tent and glared on the lanky youngster. “Quiet! individuals are slumbering! ” “My puppy. He’s misplaced, eh? ” “Your puppy is meant to be tied up! ” “Whaaaatever. ” He slipped his pinkies into his mouth and whistled. notwithstanding the teen used to be my top, i used to be certainly larger than he used to be. His flippant perspective shocked me until eventually i spotted his father used to be status by means of the trailer, observing me. I back the father’s glare yet didn’t say a be aware. the daddy and son have been evidently unconcerned concerning the impact in their crass habit on others, and pursuing the difficulty wouldn’t lead them to switch. along with, they have been either wearing camouflage fatigues, ready for an afternoon of taking pictures no matter what crossed their direction. the earlier they departed, the fewer probability of them complicated my canines for elk.

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