Inside Passage Angeles Crest: A Memoir

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Angeles Crest: A Memoir
"A winner! A very personal account of how, for a true runner, running and living are inseparable. Modzelewski's life is played out mile by mile as he and his brother accept the severe challenge of the Angeles Crest 100 mile foot race." -- UltraRunning Magazine
Inside Passage: Living with Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians
"The Inside Passage is a real dream country. Modzelewski's enthusiastic tale of his adventures on a wild northern island will inspire dreamers and doers alike." -- William L. Sullivan, author of Listening For Coyote
North Through Paradise
"Michael Modzelewski writes the way he lives his life -- with great passion, courage, and a love for all things wild and free. Read and reap." -- Norman D. Vaughn, author of With Byrd at the Bottom of the World: The South Pole Expedition of 1928-30
Wild Life
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Following in the footsteps of a father who played professional football would undoubtedly be a dream many young men would pursue, however for Michael Modzelewski it was the allure of the wilderness rather than the gridiron that held fascination. After graduating from college, Modzelewski met a true wilderness pioneer, Will Malloff, who led him to an island in the Blackfish Sound in the Inside Passage, the coastline between Seattle and Alaska. In Inside Passage: Living With Killer Whales, Bald Eagles, and Kwakiutl Indians, Modzelewski chronicles the adventures of an eighteen month stay on this island. Modzelewski writes, "On a wilderness island, to a great extent you relinquish control. Nature rules. It forms the questions that you must answer to survive." Modzelewski not only met the challenge to survive, but also became immersed in the mysticism of the land, the inspiration of nature, and the satisfaction of thriving in the wild.

With Malloff away for long periods of time, Modzelewski often faced months of solitude. During his first interval of seclusion, Modzelewski was challenged by an island native, a Kwakiutl Indian who told him, "You college guys are all the same -- loaded down with knowledge but no wisdom. You won't survive here. I'll be by next time to pick up your bones." When, on his next visit, the Indian found Modzelewski alive and well, the native unofficially accepted Modzelewski into his world and introduced him to the myths of the Kwakiutl culture.

Along with challenges from the Indians came encounters with the wildlife of the island. Surrounded by killer whales, bald eagles, wolves, bears, and cougars, Modzelewski experienced firsthand the majesty and potential danger posed by each creature. Several unique experiences with such animals, including an inspirational exchange with a bald eagle, led Modzelewski to discover that "life often assumed the reality of myth."

A unique blend of scientific fact with the genuinely mystical, Inside Passage provides the reader with a glimpse of the inspiration of nature and the grand adventure of the wild. - HarperCollins


Slides and movie clips showing segments of Michael's adventures from "Inside Passage"



"Totem pole in Alert Bay, which was the nearest settlement, a Kwakiutl reservation about 12 miles away. The Kwakiutls are world famous for their art, particularly their tall totem poles."




"I was fortunate to have a George Dyson baidarka, a kayak, which was 18 feet long with a sail made out of parachute cloth. With this I could sail or paddle right among the killer whales."




"An overview of the settlement. The main house is in the foreground and the other buildings are various shops that Will had. One was a blacksmith shop and the other was for building boats."

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In adjoining files are brief articles for your enjoyment on many of Michael's varied adventures. Each story shows his unique ability to bring the adventure to you in words, while also revealing his love for Nature and the Environment and his strong desire to protect and preserve the natural world.

Adventures Unlimited
by Michael Modzelewski, E-mail: AdventureM@aol.com
Books & Adventures More on Michael Eco-TV
Speeches Cruises to Alaska & Africa Feature Film
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