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Dana Lamb



Their names were once household words for courage, travel and great writing. In 1933 young newlyweds Dana and Ginger Lamb set off to sail a homemade kayak from San Diego to the Panama Canal. Armed with plenty of panache, and the lordly sum of five dollars, the intrepid couple journeyed 16,000 miles through sharks, storms and mangrove swamps on a voyage into danger which resulted in a best-selling book.
But the Lambs weren’t about to hang up their adventurous ambitions. In the early 1950s they set off again, determined this time to explore Central America in search of a “lost city.”
 Travelling by foot, horseback, dugout canoe, Model-T Ford, and antique airplane the Lambs trekked across the western edge of Mexico, crossed the Sonora Desert, then ventured into the jungles of Chiapas, where they claimed to have discovered a lost city which they named Laxtunich.  
Upon returning to his typewriter, Dana again shared the fire of adventure travel with the Lambs
' readers, ensuring another well-received book. This tale also resulted in the making of a feature documentary entitled “Quest for the Lost City.”
Too long forgotten, Dana and Ginger Lamb represent some of the best travel writing in an age that boasted Richard Halliburton and Lowell Thomas.

Enchanted Vagabonds

Dana Lamb

ISBN 1590480805




Dana and Ginger Lamb had no motive but adventure when they left California in the autumn of 1933 and headed south in a 16-foot vessel they had built themselves. How else would could you explain setting off on a 16,000 mile voyage? However the romantic young explorers did possess the Vagabunda, a frail combination of sailboat and canoe. Not wanting to overload themselves the young newlyweds also brought along a minimum of equipment and, as an afterthought, less than five dollars between them.

What followed was the one of the greatest adventure travel tales ever to emerge from the action-packed 1930s.

The Lambs shot through mountainous surf, landed on fabled islands, lived through violent storms, weathered nearly a dozen fatal wrecks, were upset in a traffic jam of whales, caught in quicksand, trapped inside an extinct volcano, and lost in a shark-infested lagoon. Then, armed with only their wits and an old machete, they survived malaria, fought off Indians, cut their way through a jungle, and avoided flesh-eating insects, all in the name of love and adventure.

“Enchanted Vagabonds” is thus the action-packed true story of their amazing combination of courage, love, and endurance. Filled with photographs taken on their historic trip, the book is a non-stop thrill from start to finish.  


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Quest for the Lost City

Dana and Ginger Lamb

ISBN 1590480791 



What do you do for excitement after you and your wife have made adventure travel history?  If you're Dana and Ginger Lamb, authors of "Enchanted Vagabonds," you put away your famous canoe, turn away from the sea, and march inland, bound this time not for the misty green waves of the Pacific, but the forbidding green hills of the unexplored Mayan Jungle.
“Quest for the Lost City” is the story of how the Lambs returned to their old Spanish speaking haunts. Only this time they were not roaming in general. They were seeking in particular for the source of a legend, the fabled lost city of the Mayas.
For more than 2,000 miles the authors traveled in search of clues to this ancient riddle. They marched through the northern deserts of Mexico, making their way at last to the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico. There they encountered a series of adventures that even their hardened souls were not prepared for. They were attacked by animals and insects. A close friend died a mysterious death. After finding a clue to the lost city, they were brought up short by the Barrier Cliffs, a giant wall of stone which they traveled through, not over, with the aid of some primitive wooden torches.
In short, if you are seeking adventure travel at its best, then go no further. Amply illustrated with photographs taken on their legendary journey, “Quest for the Lost City” remains one of the most exciting exploration books of the 1950s.

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