Sep 22, 2014
Kon-Tiki: 6 Guys on a Boat
All of this was somehow supposed to prepare us for a future confined to small square offices by day and small square houses by night.
The only tale of High Adventure that I actually liked was Kon-Tiki, about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's quest to prove that Polynesia was settled by the early Incas -- or could have been.
Who cares that contemporary anthropology disputed his theory? He had been on a High Adventure. Every boy I knew read the book, named his toy boat Kon-Tiki, and planned extravagant sailing adventures. Mine started down the Mississippi, across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, and then followed the Gulf Stream to Europe.
Many more recent expeditions have attempted to recreate the journey, such as the Tangaroa in 2006, with Heyerdahl's grandson Olaf in the crew.
See also: Donald Duck's Double Life.