Jodi Kendall is a writer living in New York City with her husband, infant son and two dogs. Follow her travel, writing, and outdoor adventures at www.jodikendall.com.

Imagine you’re unwinding at home from a long day at the office, sheltered from July’s thick heat by the cool air blasting from your air conditioning unit. Unexpectedly, a flash summer storm knocks the power out. An hour turns into a long, sticky, dark night. Then, three days. Finally, a full week. Would you have…

Would you sail a primitive raft for 4,300 nautical miles across the world’s biggest ocean for 101 days, using only the stars and ocean currents for navigation, just to prove a theory? What if you were afraid of water and couldn’t swim; would that stop you? It didn’t stop Thor Heryerdahl, whose incredible journey is…