Under siege from relentless stage 4 cancer, and after losing her right lung, Edie Littlefield Sundby became the first person in history to walk the 1,600-mile El Camino Real de las Californias mission trail through the mountain wilderness of Mexico - and one of the hottest deserts on earth - to Northern California.
She experienced desert heat and cold, walls of cactus, sleeplessness, hunger, both physical and spiritual exhaustion, the dangers of wild creatures and encounters with drug smugglers – and weeks with no water other than what a pack mule could carry.
“The Mission Walker” is her account of the experience and struggles she endured, and the inspiration drawn from the old unmapped Spanish mission trail.
Her adventure is both an adventure story and a reflection on the universal experience of confronting our own mortality. It is a story of what we will do when faced with the potential end of our life. What do we do with our time left on earth.And how much do we still really, truly want to live.
Ms. Sundby has written a best seller book with the same title.
The Queen Mary on Saturday, October 27, beginning at 6:30 pm, in the elegant and historic Queen's Salon on the Promenade Deck.
The dress code is dark suit, black tie optional. NOHA is our yearly formal gathering, with most members opting for black tie, military uniforms or tribal wear.
There is a no-host bar for a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30, with silent auction tables set up in the bar area.
Included is admission to the Queen Mary, full access, so guests can come early and enjoy the ship. The ship's Observation Bar will be open, and will have the USC football game on.