Why: A friend said that this book was a pleasure and an inspiration. In the 1920s and 30s, the author loaded her kids onto a 25' motorboat for several months of exploring all the bays and inlets near Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia each summer. She visits still-used winter Indian villages and remote logging camps, sees abundant wildlife, and enjoys the stillness and wildness of the coastline. Another reviewer said, "the fact that she repeatedly finds herself on adventures of the zero-visibility-fog-on-a-thousand-foot-cliff, cougars-in-the-immediate-vicinity order (with young children in tow) unquestionably earns her a place in the Badass category and makes this book fun to read." Sounds like a great example for homeschoolers!