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Traveling the 38th Parallel

Wednesday, September 23

Presentation and Q&A with David & Janet Carle, authors of Traveling the 38th Parallel: A Water Line Around the World

While our travel options are limited, let’s enjoy a virtual trip with authors David and Janet Carle, as they describe their quest to travel the globe on the 38th parallel. Since they first conceived the idea more than a decade ago, they have been fascinated with the ways in which we are all connected, especially by water. We’ll find out what they have learned in the twelve years since they first decided to circumnavigate the planet. Their journey ultimately takes them to Benicia and Vallejo, home of the Visions of the Wild Festival, here on the 38th!

The 2020 paperback edition of Traveling the 38th Parallel received the first place award in the travel category of the International Book Awards.

The book is available from Alibi Bookshop, 634 Marin Street, Vallejo, CA, 94590

Book Synopsis:
Between extremes of climate farther north and south, the 38th North parallel line marks a temperate, middle latitude where human societies have thrived since the beginning of civilization. It divides North and South Korea, passes through Athens and San Francisco, and bisects Mono Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada, where authors David and Janet Carle make their home. Former park rangers, the authors set out on an around-the-world journey in search of water-related environmental and cultural intersections along the 38th parallel. This book is a chronicle of their adventures as they meet people confronting challenges in water supply, pollution, wetlands loss, and habitat protection. At the heart of the narrative are the riveting stories of the passionate individuals—scientists, educators, and local activists—who are struggling to preserve some of the world’s most amazing, yet threatened, landscapes.

Traveling largely outside of cities, away from well-beaten tourist tracks, the authors cross Japan, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Greece, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, the Azores Islands, and the United States—from Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco Bay. The stories they gather provide stark contrasts as well as reaffirming similarities across diverse cultures. Illustrated with photos from the authors’ travels, Traveling the 38th Parallel documents devastating environmental losses but also inspiring gains made through the efforts of dedicated individuals working against the odds to protect these fragile places.