|About the Book|
A Extreme Living is the fourth book in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, including the following volumes:Time Travelers into a Forgotten Land (Book One)The Lost Aztec Mines (Book Two)A Mythic Mayan Meander (Book Three)Extreme LivingMoreA Extreme Living is the fourth book in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, including the following volumes:Time Travelers into a Forgotten Land (Book One)The Lost Aztec Mines (Book Two)A Mythic Mayan Meander (Book Three)Extreme Living (Book Four)The four books in The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series, containing over 600 color photographs in all, relate adventures experienced when we set forth on an archaeological expedition to explore obsidian mines concealed since the Aztec abandoned them on the upper reaches of an 18,500-foot volcano in the eastern Mexican highlands. Since the books in this series narrate the account of a real-life adventure, they are set in the form and genre of an adventure novel. And while the author admits to enhancing the narrative for dramatic effect, the escapades and adventures we experienced and survived did in fact happen as described therein.Led by Terry Stocker, an archaeologist adept at getting us into one bizarre predicament after another, we traveled twelve thousand miles across Mesoamerica as well as through history, examining the wonders of the ancient world while traversing a modern world rife with war, poverty and genocide.Although our objective was to explore the lost Aztec mines Stocker discovered a decade earlier- our journey provided us the opportunity to investigate the artifacts left behind by the civilizations that rose to prominence and fell to ruin during the millennia prior to Columbus’ arrival in the New World. Along the way, we interacted with the descendants of these same great civilizations- people struggling to exist and survive in a world not of their own making or choosing, imposed on them by the Spanish conquistadores and their progeny.Our archaeological objectives gave our expedition direction and focus, and kept us moving from one place to another across a wide range of topographies including snowcapped mountains, volcanoes, coastal swamps and primordial rainforests. That said- archaeology is just the framework supporting the real story within these pages about the incredible adventures we shared as we traveled in Mexico and Central America. For from the beginning, we were pulled into a chain of bizarre escapades ranging from the anecdotal to the audacious forcing us to act and react creatively to unfamiliar situations and circumstance, sometimes in order to extricate ourselves from dangers and difficulties, and other times simply to survive.This is the actual focus of the series- as my friends and I learn the Art of Adventure through unanticipated happenstance- and came to terms with how the Artifacts of our adventures affected us. Imagine what it must be like to experience people and places, and situations and settings where a challenging adventure confronts you each day. The upwelling rush is intense to be sure- and the enduring sensations can often be extreme. Now add persistent peril and the intensity multiplies exponentially. This is extreme living at its best- and precisely how we short-lived humans can cram more than one lifetime into the brief lifespans we live.So the underlying theme of The Art and Artifacts of Adventure series is learning to experience adventure until adventuring becomes elevated to a high art form, where one might squeeze out every last drop of existentiality from events occurring in our lives. But experiencing an adventure is not just a thrilling rollercoaster of a joyride without ramifications or a price to pay. For an adventure, just like a human life, births repercussions consequential to the actions we take as we live and endure- artifacts if you will created and left behind as surely as the remnants and ruins of the civilizations of Mesoamerican antiquity.