Pipe Dream: An Alaskan Adventure by Deborah Brownlow

June 19, 2018

 Anyone who knows me knows that I am not an outdoorsy person. I absolutely hate mosquitoes and I can't stand the cold. I have a strong aversion to hiking. Don't get me wrong, I can still sleep in a tent when I really have to but I would rather be in my cozy, warm bed and my indoor plumbing and can only be wheedled into leaving it on occasion. That's why it is so comical that I picked up this book.

Pipe Dream: An Alaskan Adventure narrates the author’s experiences working and living in Alaska in the 1970’s. When Debbie and her buddy saw an Alaska travel log movie, they both made up their minds to take her blue VW and drive the Alaska Highway to Fairbanks in 1974. The reader is taken back to the time when the Alaskan Pipeline was just being built. It gets a sense of what life was like before in a town where women were the minority and every day was an inherent adventure.

One of my hang-ups is that I love reading about experiences that I will likely never have in real life. I have unquestionably no intention of spending any length of time away from home, but I downright enjoyed joining the author on her adventures. D.B. Brownlow is nothing if not an outstanding writer and her words paint an impressive picture of the scope and grandeur of the outside world while still maintaining her own small place within it and within the story. With each turn of the page, she brought to life beautiful places, uncertainties, new escapades, and unexpected experiences. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the great adventures or to those who would rather just experience it indirectly. 

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