About the Author
grew up in southern California in a small farming community, leaving it
behind at the age of seventeen to search for work, education, and adventure.
She has found all three in abundance.
Her employment has run the gamut from telephone operator
to real estate developer, from land agent for an expedition company to freelance
writer of industrial video scripts, marketing materials, and corporate topics
for various businesses. Through it all, three passions have remained strong:
the need to see and experience the world and its people, to try new things,
and to record it all in essay and journal.
Ms. Carstens has traveled most of the remote areas of the
globe, including the Arctic, the Antarctic, Borneo, New Guinea, much of
Africa, and Central and South America. She traveled extensively in China
soon after it opened up to the West in the early 1980's, and spent a month
in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam before the embargo was lifted. Her modes
of transportation have included plane, train, ship, canoe, zodiac, jeep,
skidoo, dog, horse, foot, and camel.
She has flown a variety of aircraft, including fixed wing,
helicopter, sail plane, hang glider, ultralite, and hot air balloon. A certified
scuba diver, Carstens has explored underwater areas in the Caribbean, the
Hawaiian Islands, Micronesia, and offshore at more isolated locations. Describing
it here, it sounds like she is a born explorer and athlete, but her pursuits
have always been a struggle and a challenge as she strove to live the daydreams
that have danced constantly in her head since childhood.
Physical fitness and athletic ability are not natural attributes
for Carstens. More natural to her is her voracious appetite for books, her
love and appreciation of art and dance, her pursuit of educational goals
and business acumen. Each time she has taken on a new sport her physical
progress has been painstakingly slow and she has struggled with fears of
injury, death, and failure. Where others jump into new sports with grace
and agility, take on new adventures without a backward glance, Rosemary's
accomplishments were hard won-but her persistence and determination moved
her along a baby step at a time, toward her goals. She acknowledges not
being the best at most of the things she tries-but she has learned she can
eventually gain sufficient skill to enjoy a measure of accomplishment.
Continuing to take on new challenges in her fifties has
led Carstens to believe that others can include many more adventures in
their daily lives than they have ever imagined. Learning one step at a time,
persisting in the face of failure or ridicule, keeping one's eye on the
goal while taking practical safety precautions, and maintaining a sense
of humor about oneself-this is a path that anyone can walk.
Carstens has a B.A. in Third World Studies from the University
of California at San Diego, and is currently working on a Masters in Latin
American Studies through the University of New Mexico. Dream Rider is her
first book. She resides in Longmont, Colorado, with her latest ride, The
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