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