Parnassus Books welcomes Charles R. Scott as he discusses and signs Daunted Courage.
Sometimes the best way to understand history is to ride a bicycle through it. Daunted Courage tells the story of an adventurous father and his two young children who spend a summer re-tracing the Lewis and Clark Trail, first by car then by bike. Offering entertaining insights into the most famous expedition in U.S. history - and into raising resilient children - the story takes the reader on a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Is 1,700 miles too far to cycle for a twelve-year-old boy and six-year-old girl? Can they really pedal over the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean? Charles Scott and his kids were daunted, but decided to try anyway, telling people, "Kids can do a whole lot more than most adults think." And like any good adventure, things did not always go as planned. Daunted Courage mixes danger, history, childrearing, and the travails of exploring the unknown into a grand tale that will leave you wanting to go out and create your own adventure.
Charles R. Scott left the corporate world to become a family adventurer. He worked at Intel Corporation for 14 years before deciding to focus his energy full-time on writing, speaking and doing endurance challenges with his family linked to environmental causes. In the summer of 2009, he and his eight-year old son cycled the length of mainland Japan, 2,500 miles in 67 days. The United Nations named them “Climate Heroes”, as they raised money for a tree planting campaign and promoted the UN’s efforts to combat climate change. In the summer of 2011, Scott cycled 1,500 miles around Iceland with his ten-year-old son and four-year-old daughter. His book about the Japan ride, Rising Son, offers an inspiration to anyone who feels the urge to shake things up and reminds the reader of the most precious gift a parent can give a child: time. He publishes pieces regularly on Huffington Post and CNBC.