- File Size: 2072 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007TL2EE8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,493 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in Montana, and lived eighteen years on a ranch outside Two Dot in Central Montana. Later we moving to Alaska where we mined gold, spending free time fishing or hunting. Looking for a warmer life we moved to Ellensburg, Washington where once again I was a rancher/farmer.
I became a potter and glass artist later in life, and owned a couple of art galleries. I still miss getting my hands in the mud, or cutting a piece of glass to see what the kiln will return.
In 2000 I made a decision to travel and teach English as a second language, and it was the best choice I've ever made. I have a love for foreign countries, and the people I've met have made my life beautiful.
Teaching and traveling for twelve years brought about a desire to share these experiences with friends and family. I became more interested in writing and Big Backpack--Little World was one of the outcomes.
My memoir of Alaska is filled with fishing, hunting, camping, and mining for gold stories. We began our journey to Alaska in 1967, and for several years we spent all our free time hunting, and fishing. Even after the birth of our daughter we ventured in to the Brooks Range to live in a cabin and mine for gold.
These are stories of how Alaskans lived in the 60's and 70's while it was still the Last Great Frontier.
I hope you enjoy your Alaskan adventure.
Top Customer Reviews
Donna has explored Mexico, Vietnam, and much of Central America and Southeast Asia - sometimes with a teaching job awaiting her; sometimes hoping to find one after she arrives. She is a one-woman Peace Corps, making friends and improving economic opportunities for people of all ages and economic status.
An admirable ambassador who sees the best in each person she meets, she is as comfortable teaching English on the beach to fishermen for free as she is polishing the language skills of new employees of a Vietnam airline who are about to transfer to Seattle.
Reading this review, you might think that our heroine is a twenty-something adventurer, just out of college, but no: Believe it or not, Donna is a grandmother! I found her story a thoroughly engaging read and was delighted by the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter - even on the Kindle version. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever dreamed of wandering the world, or who just wants to read about someone who has done so.
The snow was on the ground at her little house in Montana when Donna Morang's daughter sent her information on ESL. She was ready for sunshine, white sand beaches and crystal clear water. First stop, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in November 2000 where she would take a class in teaching ESL. She was the oldest one there, but she not only passed after the required 150 hours of instruction, she discovered that "most cultures honor and respect older people who are considered wise."
However, this is no staid teacher. From Mexico to Central and South America, from Indonesia to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, Morang seeks out the non-touristy neighborhoods and immerses herself in the authentic culture, bringing some American color with her. There isn't a local dish she won't try, including dog, snake meat and fried insects. She bellies up to the bar for the local beer, her favorite wine, tequila shots or rum--whatever is favored by the clientele with whom she never fails to make friends. She'll join in for karaoke and dance till dawn with young male suitors who find her intoxicating.Read more ›
The author has an amazing eye for details. She depicts the colours, the smells, the heat or cold of the place. She makes friends with people from all walks of life - pink-haired punks, prostitutes, young people, drug barons, old people. As she says: "It is just not in my nature to distrust people". She takes her companions at face value and wins a lot of respect for this. She also remarks that "once I decide to do something, I usually jump in and give it one hundred percent". She has done this with both her teaching and her writing. I thought I'd lived a fairly interesting life as an expat several times over, but Donna's wide and varied experiences overshadow most people's, I think. This is a book you can't book down. It's well laid out with nice illustrations. It's definitely worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an amazing book. Donna is such an example of this breed of older women travelers who are out there. Doing it in their own way. Read morePublished 2 months ago by On The Journey
The story took you to remote places where she taught ESL (English as a Second Language.) she was a very brave woman to go to these remote places, not knowing the languages or any... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
An inspiring book, full of wit and wisdom and a life lived to the fullest and serves as a life lesson for old and young that it is never to late or you are never too old to do... Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. Cornelius
I started reading this book because a friend is about to travel for a year and I thought I'd get into the spirit of things with her in mind. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barkcloth Hawaii
Facinating! I feel like I just traveled to so many places. What an amazing woman Donna Morang is.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was great fun following this intrepid traveler. However, as I thought about doing this myself, I wondered how she got the money to do this. Read morePublished 21 months ago by grannynanny
Thie is not a travel guide but I have to say if I want to go to any of the countries Donna spent time teaching and getting to know the people in I would pick this book up first. Read morePublished 22 months ago by S. Jackson
Positively amazing! I felt as if I was on this journey with her. She is an amazing woman with a lot of self confidence. All that she met seemed to enjoy her company and teachings. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cathy Rider
As I was reading this book I could just feel the way Donna felt when she was going through her experiences. Wonderfully written. Hope she writes more books. Read morePublished 24 months ago by L. Eisley