DARIEN, Conn. -- Author Peter Lourie recently paid a visit to students at Royle Elementary School to discuss his adventurous life.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lourie grew up in Connecticut and Ontario, Canada. His interest in exploration, however, would take him around the world.
Lourie spent time with Margaret Leakey in Kenya, studying early human bones, and was on the path to becoming an anthropologist when he heard a story about a treasure trove of gold still undiscovered in the cloud forest of the Andes Mountains.
Abandoning his plans, he left for Ecuador, where he searched for the treasure – unsuccessfully – for the next five years.
The quest inspired his book, “Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon: A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure.”
Lourie went on to travel to a number of countries throughout the Americas and Africa, all the way to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, also known as “El Fin del Mundo,” or "The End of the World."
His writing career includes more than 20 nonfiction books, written both for kids and adults.
In addition to treasure hunting, Lourie’s works have featured encounters with wales, manatees and polar bears, as well as his exploration of the Hudson River in a kayak.
Lourie described the journey to the children, explaining how traveling even a familiar river in your own back yard can open up a world of adventure and excitement.
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