In the preface, Jill Fredston writes, "In the process of journeying, we seem to have become the journey, blurring the boundaries between the physical landscape outside of ourselves and the spiritual landscape within" (XVI). This quote perfectly summarizes Fredston's relationship with nature and highlights the difference between her attitude and that of the other authors we've read. Fredston's travels are very personal; even though she travels with her husband, they row in separate boats. She emphasizes that her journeys are not about achieving firsts or farthests, but is rather a spiritual journey of growth and self-discovery. She expands upon her relationship with nature by describing her concept of "zen"; just as Fredston experiences a blurring of boundaries "between the physical landscape...and the spiritual landscape," so too does she recognize a blurring of boundaries between herself and the boat. She personifies her boat not as a separate character but as an extension of herself. Interestingly, though, her motivation for writing this book did not originally stem from some internal need to share her experience with the world. Rather, she wrote the narrative after receiving encouragement to do so from friends and family. Perhaps this is simply another testament to the fact that Fredston rows for entirely personal reasons, not to break records or gain publicity.