Jack began life in an American mega-city during the topsy-turvy time following WWII. He grew up amongst skyscrapers and super highways, smog and streetlights, so he rarely saw the stars and had few escapes from city life except for sandy beaches and beautiful surf. One memorable escape came when his parents took him on a donkey ride down into the gloriously carved Grand Canyon in a scary ride that awakened his love for the great outdoors.
Two's a Crew
One of the world's greatest adventures - Following Flinders wake around Australia - 9000 nautical miles across six climatic zones, Jack and Jude explore their adopted homeland. An ancient country, one filled with beauty, yet harsh, remote, and containing mysteries that still baffle the greatest minds.
Jack and Jude have travelled the remoter parts of Earth for more than forty years. Land trips across America and Europe were followed by a honeymoon trek from England to South Africa. Travelling to Australia in 1969, they homebuilt a ferrocement yacht while starting a family. That took three years of arduous work and their sons Jason and Jerome were walking by the time it was completed, so they grabbed the dream of sharing nature and adventure before what seemed mandatory school years. Miraculously their journey lasted not the one-year imagined, but the next fifteen. In ever increasing circles, the Four J's explored Earth, touching 80 countries while they boat-schooled their sons to the final year of high school.
Jack and Jude are grandparents now, and still aboard the same vessel have just circumnavigated Australia. In their lifetime, mankind has dominated the wild kingdom, taking what's wanted, leaving less for every creature. In doing this, the balance of Nature has been upset. And while no one would deny the improvements enjoyed today, Jack and Jude often wonder if such a growing impact isn't robbing all Earth's creatures of a better life.
Comparing today's world with what they had seen on previous travels their stories are peppered with historical notes woven into the adventurous fabric of two grandparents alone, manning a powerful sailing craft through some of the world's most dangerous waters.