Posted By Dan Travers on March 3, 2013
Pressure from friends made me write this.
About a year and a half ago, Tammy and I wanted to apply for a Teva Life Agent Grant for this project. We thought making a video application might not be too hard. Well, we were wrong, but thanks to the tireless efforts of one Jessup Bangham, we completed it…just in time for Teva to pull the grant off the table. Anyway, we all get good laughs from our horrible acting, but at the same time, it captures the spirit of our adventure, framing it in the voice of the great movie, a must for all adventurers: The Man Who Would Be King. Here is the YouTube Link.
If you comment, please be merciful….
Posted By Dan Travers on February 5, 2013
Adventurers wanted, September of 2013. This year!
This time has come to return to the Maranon in search of Clark’s discoveries along this Amazon tributary over 60 years ago. Its been nearly 5 years since Tammy and I completed our recon trip and we are committed to returning this September with a small team to help us search for the truth. We have finalized our plan, our itinerary, and our goal. We need 4 strong, adventurous souls to help us.
Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure of a lifetime? Have you wished you could be a part of a history changing, controversial discovery? This is it! Contact us for itinerary and details, but if you haven’t yet read the book, we suggest you do before deciding. This is NOT a holiday tour. Participants will be responsible for their international airfare to and from Peru and the full expedition cost of $3,985. This covers ALL in-country costs of land, air and river transportation, lodging, guides, translators and food (and beer!) You also need to have read the book because we will need your help for research and to apply fort potential sponsorship. To ensure inclusion, your $1,000 deposit must be received by April 30, but direct and involved communication is just as important as we develop our team. Balance is due by June 30th.
Please contact us for more information.
And remember, no one on their death bed ever said, “Gee, I wish I had spent more time at the office.”
-Dan and Tammy
Posted By Dan Travers on March 9, 2012
Tammy and Dan welcome Travis Rogers to the Team. We’ll let him introduce himself in his own words, but we look forward to a rich collaboration before the next departure date in 2013! Welcome aboard Travis!
I have foremost the love for novels that look like they were underappreciated in some nook of the library, and for that of living life simply: Facing things you wish to face, even if that means you must sacrifice certain comforts to achieve such. I like keeping active, pushing boundaries of knowledge, and effectively hate ignorance when it blocks people from connecting and understanding each other. Leonard Clark’s novels connected with me, as it was written to follow in a narrative not only of thought or dialogue, but also one to follow in the footsteps of an entirely visceral three dimensional world: So you could with such descriptive language feel every bug bite, taste every rain droplet, and hear every growl coming from unseen creatures in the dark.
That world is out there, for all aspects of inspiration and love for the unknown I saw after reading Clark’s ‘The Rivers Ran East’, I seek to find it. My most intensive trek thus far has been several multiple day hikes in the Sierra Mountains of California; as well as one in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a kayaking journey along the shores of one massive lake and inlets near Canada. But given two decades of reading everything from the tribal lifestyle of native Sumatra, to the nomadic peoples of the high plateaus of the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan, I feel ready to face the work needed to make this trip possible and fruitful beyond our wildest imaginations when we finally get there. I am honored to be associated with both Dan and Tammy, and hope to make a positive contribution to the team as it grows, as well as through the meaningful and difficult work of all of us do justice to the historical significance of this journey; and to a great and largely unheralded explorer and author in Leonard Clark. – Travis Rogers, Feb, 2012
Posted By Dan Travers on October 23, 2011
“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.”
Ernest Shackleton ran this ad in 1914 to recruit men for his expedition to the Antarctic. We, too, are explorers who are still willing to take the adventure in order to make discoveries that will change our world forever. What about you?
The Rivers Ran East Team is recruiting individuals who have read Leonard Clark’s book and still want to take an adventure in September of 2013 that might just change your life.
Contact Dan and Tammy at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted By Dan Travers on December 3, 2010
As we work on our next grant, plan the next visit and research the details in the book, an interesting this is happening. We are starting to receive emails from people related to the story in different ways, all asking for help connecting to others we are in touch with. Relatives of Leonard Clark’s friends, book publishers, gold prospectors and so forth. We appear to have created a small internet hub that brings together far flung pieces of Leonard Clark’s world.
Once we complete our latest grant application, which involves a fun video skit, we’ll be back at work on the following:
-Pinpointing the three most viable sites to look for Spanish ruins and the evidence of Clark’s passage.
-creating a fly-over in Google Earth so website visitors can see exactly where this is all happening.
-researching people mentioned in the book to see who may have descendants that might provide more information.
-trying to answer some of our biggest questions:
Where are Clark’s diaries?
Where is the fabled leather map he used to discover the ruins?
Where did Clark learn all his statistics about the Spanish gold operations along the Maranon River?
Why does it take us so long to make any measurable progress on this project?
Posted By Tammy on September 15, 2010
“El Dorado (Land of the Golden Man) is a fabulous country of immeasurable treasure…..” thus wrote home the Imperial Spaniards of Castile and Leon. Yet, in spite of all the gold pilfered from Peru (estimated to be in the billions) the Spaniards became obsessed with finding the source where all the gold originated—EL Dorado. And many a man followed in their footsteps……
Sir Walter Raleigh, Ordaz, emissary of Cortes, Von Huten, Orellana, Quesada, Coronado, Montejo, Grijalva, Cabeza de Vaca and Leonard Clark!
Fueled by his belief that the Atauhuallpa (Inca Emperor when the Spanish invaded Peru), himself, the incarnation of the Sun, was the owner of El Dorado, Clark set out for Northern Peru.
And like Clark before us “There, too, I must and will search.” As Dan and I head out to Peru next year our quest is not to find the gold but to find what Clark described in his book as the foundations of these 7 ancient cities.
Posted By Dan Travers on August 17, 2010
Welcome to our website, where the continuation of our crazy adventure in the jungles of Peru will take shape. We will soon… (“soon” as in Geologically speaking)…. be adding more team pictures, a Map link, and if we’re lucky, maybe even a cool Google Satellite Map Flyover! So stay tuned and let us know if you want to be emailed when we update this website with further progress. To catch up on what we’ve been working on so far, read on down below here, starting from the bottom. Send us your comments and if appropriate, we’ll publish them here!
Posted By Dan Travers on June 22, 2010
Today we are proud to announce that the Timmissartok Foundation has approved our project for funding. They’ve also agreed to help market the project. In addition, we are in the middle of negotiations with an equipment sponsor and others who’ve expressed interest in supporting our adventure. Thanks to all who have helped us out so far.
Posted By Tammy on June 22, 2010
I feel another adventure brewing. Melinda Clark, Leonard Clark’s daughter, informed us that the Venezuelan newspapers reported that her father was buried in the “cemetery of San Pedro de Las Bocas, a small government post on the edge of the jungle” after a rafting accident during a mining expedition. She adds that no one has confirmed this. Anyone up for an expedition to Venezuela? This could be another search for more foundations lost in the jungle.
Posted By Dan Travers on June 3, 2010
It takes about the same amount of time to research the history of an obscure culture as it does to figure out how to install a “widget” in this website. We are wasting too much valuable time doing this. Its time to go live…. even if it means a boring website. Its time to get back to work on Clark’s legacy, the mysterious Aguarunas Indians, the legends of El Dorado and the search for ruins in the Amazon!