I have been pretty fortunate to have had amazing recommendations throughout this Book Aesthetic journey, and although this latest addition to my new adventure library moved me from the mountains to the sea, it fits right in.
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan is an absolutely fantastic book. It is really strange to read a book written by a person who you know has survived an unimaginable journey, and still be on the edge of your seat with anticipation.
Callahan was a one-man crew of a small sailboat when it capsized six days out into the ocean. He managed to survive, grabbing minimal gear from his sinking sloop, and inflating his life raft all in a nick of time. From there he spent seventy-six days adrift, floating 1,800 nautical miles across half the Atlantic Ocean.
The ups and downs of this voyage are absolute insanity. Sharks, limited food and water, crashing waves and storms, the elements, and the uncertainty of it all. I wouldn’t have lasted a day. How Callahan lasted nearly two and a half months is one of the greatest stories of survival I’ve ever heard.
In addition to the story, Callahan offers great introspection and lessons of growth along the way. Everything he owned was in his sunken boat, but at the end of his voyage Callahan offered some beautiful insight. After losing everything, and nearly losing his life, Callahan notes that “my plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind”.
Of course a bunch of photos on a social media platform cannot do this story justice. I feel guilty putting it together from the safety of dry land, but on the other-hand, it was kind of fun. This process is much more enjoyable when the outcome is a positive one!
This was another book that I couldn’t put down, if you enjoy adventure/survival stories, or are a person who has spent time out on the water then consider grabbing a copy of this NYT bestseller!
Coming up for July we are shifting gear into a political adventure. July’s book will be Hunter S. Thompson’s book Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72. If you want to read along, HERE is a link to the book!