childhood dream come true. land of fjords, home of Thor
Heyerdahl, Kon-Tiki legend who fired flames of adventure
followed currents across the Pacific
challenged Atlantic oil tankers for defiling the sea
burned his Tigris boat of reeds
in protest against war profiteers arming the mideast
(an unconventional pioneer in exploration, archaeology, environmental activism – his writing took me on my first trip to Peru, to Easter Island, to Bolivia, to Polynesia. He died in 2002, before we finally crossed paths in Tucume, but in Oslo, I have picked up his trail again – thought provoking and relevant)
Above: On April 3, 1978, after their five-month-4,200-mile-oceanic voyage, Thor Heyerdahl (center) and his 10-man crew burn their reed ship Tigris in protest of the wars raging in the Middle East. (Photo by Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo).