In this alphabetic journey around the world, author Larry "Jungle" Shortell shares tales from his most memorable moments. Since embarking on his travels more than twenty years ago, Shortell has completed two around-the-world trips, explored more than eighty countries, set foot on all seven continents, and visited each of the fifty states in the United States.
Summers Off: The Worldwide Adventures of a Schoolteacher narrates stories about his travels in Aruba, Alaska, Africa, Australia, Belize, the Caribbean, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Hawaii, Honduras, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This travel memoir describes his exploits as he battles a chigger, a caterpillar, and an octopus (not to mention roving hoards of onions). Shortell shares his encounters with whales, koalas, sharks, snakes, gators, and even mermaids! And he recounts the thrills of skydiving, bungee jumping, SCUBA diving, and the occasional nudity in unexpected places.
Summers Off not only captures the essence of Shortell's zest for life and adventure, it also communicates the personal growth and understanding that can be gained through travel.