Peter Lourie is a writer of adventure books for both adults and children. He grew up in Connecticut and Ontario, Canada and always had a desire to explore new places, learn about ancient cultures and understand the people who lived there. He spent time with Margaret Leakey in Kenya, studying early human bones and was on the path to becoming an anthropologist when he heard a fantastic story about a treasure trove of gold still undiscovered in the cloud forest in the Andes Mountain. Peter abandoned all his plans and left for Ecuador where he remained, searching for the gold, for the next five years.
Lourie has gone on to travel in countries throughout the Americas and Africa all the way to Tierra del Fuego, the most southern tip of South American, also known as “El Fin del Mundo” or the End of the World. He’s written books about whales, manatees, polar bears and less exotically, explored the length of the Hudson River in a kayak.
Lourie described this journey to the children and the equipment he used to make the trip, explaining how traveling even a familiar river in our own backyard can open up a world of adventure and excitement.