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Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales has arrived!!!!!!
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Lost Angel Walkabout—One Traveler’s Tales is a spirited collection of travel narratives recounting the haps, mishaps, and serendipitous adventures that give, travel-writer Linda Ballou, a sense of wonder and delight. Some of the stories like “Falling in the Footsteps of John Muir” and “Look Both Ways on Small Islands” are reflections that might make you glad you stayed home, while “River Wise” could inspire you to toss the TV clicker out the window and to explore our beautiful planet. All of the stories take you to special places where you share the sensual experience of being there without straining one muscle, getting altitude sickness, or tipping your canoe.


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In roughly twenty short stories, travel writer Linda Ballou takes us with her up active volcanoes in Costa Rica, down hundred-mile rivers in the Yukon Territory, over combination jumps and oxers in Ireland, beneath the Sea of Cortez, and along unforgettable jaunts through deserts, woods, peaks, and valleys in both hemispheres. Her tales span years of traveling—sometimes alone, occasionally with her mother or life partner, and often with others in search of soft adventure. Brimming with action, intelligence, regional history, funny mishaps or tight squeezes, each story is set against a backdrop of nature’s jaw-dropping beauty. Ballou aims to share her world view, and through her Eco-alerts make the reader care more deeply about our vanishing resources and places of wild beauty.
Living in greater Los Angeles among millions of other lost angels keeping pace in a hurried world, Linda Ballou makes no bones about her need to seek equilibrium, solitude, and salvation in the sublimity of nature. Forget thousand-thread count sheets at luxury hotels or shopping for the latest bling. Like the great figures liberally noted in her pieces—Robert Frost, Jack London, John Steinbeck, John Muir—Ballou prefers the great outdoors and is intimately acquainted with it. She is a naturalist, a thoughtful traveler, one caring toward the environment and sensitive to local populations both near and far. And, she is a meticulous researcher.
Lost Angel Walkabout is richly detailed and poetic. It gifts the reader with the depth of observation in the clear and careful naming of the world around us—places, peoples, plants, birds, mountain ranges, animals, and sea creatures. More satisfying than naming is storytelling the authentic connection made with the inhabitants of land, sea, and sky; ravens and great spirits, fin whales the size of city buses, or Native Americans forced to flee their land. Because the author has connected deeply, so does the reader. Something is gathered from every place visited, and it seems impossible not to connect with our own highest and best self through Ballou’s experiences—not to mention wanting to get up and go there.
Linda Ballou keeps good company too and includes interviews with renowned travel writer Tim Cahill and endurance rider Lari Shea. Like her travel writing hero Tim Cahill, Ballou sees humor in many of the predicaments she stumbles into, or out of, or overboard after.
Don’t be surprised to find her on the back of a galloping horse yelling “Yee Haw!” and let out a yell yourself.

Reviewed by Barbara Milbourn, a writer and editor in Nashville, Tennessee


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More Blogs by Linda Ballou
• Winging it in the Central Coast of Calif. - Tuesday, July 09, 2013
• Around the World Travel - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
• A Cruise I couldn't refuse. - Thursday, January 10, 2013
• Let Me Take you on an "Un-Cruise." - Monday, December 17, 2012
• A Night in Old Hawai'i - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
• Spotlight on Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, September 10, 2012
• Last Chance for Romance in the West - Sunday, August 05, 2012
• Serious and Trashy Summer Reads - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout is a Winner!! - Monday, May 28, 2012
• How to Make Travel Writing Work for You! - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• Seeing the World with New Eyes - Wednesday, May 16, 2012
• The Boldest Woman in Old Hawai'i - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Sacred Historical sites Hawai'i - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Save the Skin your In - Monday, February 06, 2012
• Lost Angel Walkabout in the Top Ten 2011 - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Why do Writers Write - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Lost Angel Found by Dick Jordan - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Let me toot Jay's Horne - Thursday, September 01, 2011
• Rafting the Grandest Canyon of All - Thursday, July 14, 2011
• Gathering Roads speaks with Linda Ballou - Thursday, July 07, 2011
• 5/10/2011 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
• Fiesty Tales from a Brilliant Storyteller - Tuesday, May 03, 2011
• Great Outdoor Days in L.A. - Monday, April 18, 2011
• No Place Like Home - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Featured author in Travel World Magazine - Monday, March 28, 2011
• Lost Angel Walkabout Brings Home the Bronze - Sunday, March 20, 2011
• Lost Angel has a conversation with Yolanda Renee - Saturday, February 19, 2011
• Secrets to travel writing revealed - Thursday, February 17, 2011
• Alcorn gives Lost Angel Thumbs Up - Tuesday, February 01, 2011
• Adventure Travel Expert for NABBW - Monday, January 24, 2011
• Top Travel Writing for 2010 - Monday, January 03, 2011
• Kudos for Lost Angel Walkabout - Monday, December 20, 2010
• Jack London and Me - Thursday, December 02, 2010
• One Writer's Journey Interviews Linda Ballou - Thursday, November 18, 2010
• Review: Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
• Holiday Book Give Away - Tuesday, November 09, 2010
• Great Outdoor Day in L.A.-Sandstone Peak - Thursday, November 04, 2010
• Lost Angel takes a tumble - Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• Lessons learned at the Book Passage Conference - Friday, August 20, 2010
• Running in Good Company - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• AB FAB Review of Lost Angel Walkabout - Friday, July 16, 2010
• Praise for Lost Angel Walkabout - Wednesday, June 09, 2010
•  Lost Angel Walkabout-One Traveler's Tales has arrived!!!!!! - Sunday, May 23, 2010  
• Happy Earth Day Mom - Wednesday, April 21, 2010
• Happy Birthday Water Babby - Sunday, March 14, 2010
• Discounts to Book Clubs - Thursday, March 04, 2010
• Do You Feel Lucky - Tuesday, January 12, 2010
• Mystical Moloka'i - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
• Spirited gift selections - Tuesday, December 01, 2009
• Feel Good Story - Monday, November 16, 2009
• Swim with Dolphin lady - Tuesday, November 03, 2009
• Spread the "Good News." - Thursday, October 01, 2009
• Secret to Youth Revealed - Sunday, September 13, 2009
• Talk at Distant Lands Travel Store - Saturday, September 12, 2009
• Conversation with Yolanda Renee - Tuesday, September 08, 2009
• Sometimes you get what you need - Sunday, August 30, 2009
• Wai-nani-A New Voice from Old Hawaii on Kindle - Thursday, August 13, 2009
• Water Lomi Anyone - Wednesday, August 05, 2009
• You Can Afford to go to the Islands - Sunday, July 26, 2009
• Remembering Moloka'i - Tuesday, July 21, 2009
• Best Deal on the Big Island - Tuesday, July 14, 2009
• Wai-nani recieves wonderful review - Tuesday, July 07, 2009
• Hawaii Bound - Thursday, June 18, 2009
• Linda Interviewed by Newoka on Web Mistress Radio - Thursday, May 14, 2009
• FENG SHUI GHOST-BUSTER CONFESSES TO $13,680 AND 1.3 MILLION! - Monday, May 11, 2009
• Los Angeles Times 2009 Book Festival - Wednesday, May 06, 2009
• Promo Day - An Event For People in the Writing Industry - Thursday, April 30, 2009
• Keeping Ancient Hula Tradition Alive - Monday, April 27, 2009
• Linda And Wai-nai head for the L.A. Book Fest - Wednesday, April 01, 2009
• 2008 Literary Awards Finalist - Friday, February 27, 2009
• Meet Mary - Friday, February 13, 2009
• Heavenly Hawaii article - Thursday, January 22, 2009
• Concious Discussions Interview - Friday, November 28, 2008
• Why we love the Divine Dolphin interview - Tuesday, October 14, 2008
• Radio Interview - Friday, September 05, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Interview with Writers in the Sky - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Linda Ballou to Do Reading in Encino - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• Book Club Classics loves Wai-nani: High Chiefess of Hawaii - Sunday, August 31, 2008
• The Art of Having A Nervous Breakdown - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
• Los Angeles Book Festival appearance - Tuesday, April 29, 2008


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