“Réanne, honey, we’re going to have to sail off the anchor. Won’t that be fun?”
In his multiple incarnations as a sailor, outdoorsman, nautical explorer, mountain bicyclist, engineer, businessman and author, Don Douglass has always lived life on his own terms. Inheriting his father’s entrepreneurial spirit, he has made a career out of turning his love of outdoor pursuits into a series of money-making enterprises, reinventing himself numerous times in the process.
In this book, Don tells his story, from his peripatetic Depression-era childhood, to his years as a project engineer with Lockheed Aircraft and Beckman Instruments, to the establishment of his own companies, including Wilderness Group, Inc., and Fine Edge Productions. Joining him in these ventures has been his wife, business partner, and fellow adventurer Réanne Hemingway-Douglass.
Alpenlite backpacks, Plumline outdoor clothing, Kangaroo Baggs bicycle panniers, and the Douglass’s numerous mountain biking and Exploring series of nautical guidebooks are well-known to several generations of hikers, bikers and boaters. Here, Don reveals how these products came to be and tells of some of his own adventures, afoot and afloat, sailing off the anchor, literally and metaphorically in life, love, and the great outdoors.