|Sailing Series:Travels of Dursmirg, in 4 volumes by John M. Grimsrud,
Yucatán's Magic-Mérida Side Trips: Treasures of Mayab,
Yucatan for Travelers - Side Trips: Valladolid to Tulum,
Books by Jane Pearson Grimsrud
Brule River Forest and Lake Superior: Cloverland Anecdotes
Looking for a New Frontier:The Story of the Edwin Pearson Family
The Travels of Dursmirg series ©2012 by John M. Grimsrud is
in four volumes: Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Sailing the
Sea Islands, Sailing the Florida Keys, and Sailing to St.
The first three volumes were previously published in 2010. They have been
renamed, updated, upgraded, and reformatted.
Verbal detritus that could dialogue you to death has been eliminated to give a
smooth and interesting read spiced with humor and the author’s slant on history.
Available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Travels of Dursmirg,
This adventure story began as an idea and unfolded into a dream come true.
An obsession of escape materialized in 1972 with the building and
launching of the dreamboat, Dursmirg. The motivations and inspirations for
the five year plan were hastened by the revelation that youth only comes to
you one time.
John and Jane went over the horizon and out to sea on their adventurous
From Duluth-Superior, they crossed the Great Lakes to New York City.
Snow turned them south. It was an enchanting journey, and in more than one
place they felt tempted to stay. But there was always the thought of Florida
driving them on.
They arrived in fairyland. Destiny planted them in St. Augustine.
The first winter in Florida’s waters they met incredible characters and
mingled with the natives who made them appear like arch conservatives.
This story relates the exciting happenings and action-packed personalities
that forever altered their lives and changed its course.
This true love story that began with desires and aspirations then molded into
reality was a stepping stone and spring board for the adventuresome life
that took them to totally new dimensions. This is the first of four volumes in a
Sailing the Sea Islands, Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 2
Gone fishin’ instead of just a wishin’
On Thanksgiving Day, 1972, they anchored at Daufuskie Island, South
Carolina, their first taste of this enchanted land. They were impressed with
the beautiful islands that tempted them to stay, but Florida was beckoning.
They pressed on south through Georgia to Florida, which was the
culmination of a five year plan.
On May 22, 1973, after spending a glorious winter in St. Augustine, Florida,
they pulled their anchor and headed north.
Now they would be returning with the time to enjoy life to the fullest. This
wonderful new world that awaited them was filled with dazzling surprises.
Sailing the Sea Islands is about pristine beaches, secluded anchorages, fun
loving people, fishing adventures, and seafood experiences spiced with
delectable southern cooking.
Jane and John had been neophytes when it came to salt water fishing; they
had a lot to learn and would discover the local tricks for living out of the sea.
These experiences turned out to be among the very finest of their lives,
especially when they became acquainted with the clever secrets and
culinary delights of Southern cooking.
In this volume Jane has added her all-time best Recipes from the Galley of
Dursmirg, featuring Southern cooking focused on Sea Island seafood using
Sailing the Florida Keys, Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 3
“We are going where the wind blows, when the spirit moves us,
and the price is right.”
These were the driving forces that would be fulfilled beyond their wildest
Using St. Augustine, Florida, as a home base, winter sailing sojourns south
always included the Indian River where lifelong friendships were cemented,
bountiful seafood harvested, and anchorages were a slice of paradise.
Biscayne Bay was a cruising sail boater’s dream come true with bountiful
seafood, neat anchorages, and magical Miami there when your desires
Dinner Key, Coconut Grove and Miami were all pulsating with an endless
array or interesting things to do. Marvelous Cuban restaurants, back to the
earth sun seekers, and salty sailors all added to the flavor.
Sailing the Florida Keys proved to be the best sailing, fishing, and exploring
to be found anywhere. They saw the Keys that nearly nobody got to see;
under its waters and away from highways. West of Key West only boaters
ventured… a Utopian paradise for a privileged few.
Sailing to St. Augustine: Travels of Dursmirg, Volume 4
In Sailing to St. Augustine you will meet a mix of characters that are entertaining,
amusing, and witty, and learn about the history of St. Augustine from the author’s
perspective in his search for the Fountain of Youth. John and Jane designed and
built their dreamboat, sailed away, and lived with nature, out of the sea and off the
land for fifteen glorious years— mission accomplished. Their dream came true.
In this final book of the Travels of Dursmirg series, Sailing to St. Augustine, they
step into the world of St. Augustine and meet the people, some of them rogues
and social misfits, who made their time in St. Augustine a one-of-a-kind experience.
St. Augustine had enticed and beguiled them from their first encounter, and now
they would find there an irresistible opportunity to enjoy their new found lives to the
They would discover the story of the Fountain of Youth and the intriguing history of
St. Augustine. Discover how St. Augustine, as a home base, perpetuated their
adventures into even more far flung new frontiers.
This story relates the action-packed events and exciting personalities that forever
altered their lives and changed its course in St. Augustine, a place caught in the
cross-hairs of time.
Yucatan for Travelers - Side Trips: Valladolid to
Yucatán's Magic-Mérida Side Trips: Treasures of
By John M. Grimsrud are now part of the Yucatan for Travelers series.
Yucatán’s Magic - Mérida Side Trips: Treasures of Mayab and Yucatan for
Travelers - Side Trips: Valladolid to Tulum look beyond the obvious popular
tourist attractions, the luxury coastal resorts, and the modern conveniences of big
cities, to discover the unique Yucatan.
From the Puuc hills to the extensive coast of Yucatan there are thousands of
kilometers of paved quiet roads through countless Mayan villages interspersed
with colonial haciendas, and ancient Mayan ruins, all there waiting for your visit.
This is photo-op and bird watching country that is the very finest.
Over a quarter of a century of driving, busing, and cycling this unique end of the
world, while living in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, led the author to compile an
impressive collection of outings that are the foundation for this book, built one
story at a time.
For the armchair traveler and people that have been to Yucatan before and think
that they have done everything, these books will open the door to another side of
life not presented in tours or guided excursions.
These aren't just guide books but idea books. They are something of another
element to give you direction with your guide books like Lonely Planet or Moon
Guide. The book is not made to compete with guidebooks—it is made to
In these books you will find the author’s favorite travel adventure trips of the
places, excursions and outings, which he likes for different reasons. Among them;
tranquility, history, a view of picturesque villages, a connection with the ancient
Maya, changing landscape, and a look at another aspect of life, which will take you
out of the mainstream and off the beaten path.
Many of the excursions have been by bicycle and bus. Bicycle and bus excursions
in Yucatan are by far the most inexpensive you will ever take and can be the most
rewarding in not only health benefits but also in memorable experiences.
For an adventure that takes you out of the mainstream to explore some of this
peaceful, and fascinating world, follow in the author’s path to the places without
trinket shops and tour buses. Take a glimpse at some of Yucatan that tourists miss
Available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.
Available in iBook store for iPod, IPad. NOOK
Looking for a New Frontier: The Story of the Edwin
Pearson Family, by Jane A. Pearson Grimsrud
This is a true people story. Not just an adventure story. Not just an
immigration story. This is a story of the people that made America great.
The story starts in Skåne, Sweden, where Edwin’s father’s dream of America
Chronicled here are the dreams, desires, aspirations and drives that
motivated the Pearson family to make the cut-over land of Northern Wisconsin
This narrative is related with intriguing anecdotes and spiced with Old Country
humor. You will find a reflection of grass roots home spun Americana in every
one of the real people who laid the foundation of a community that was part of
the American dream.
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About Jane Pearson Grimsrud
Jane Pearson Grimsrud spent her childhood living in the community of Cloverland located on the shore of Lake
Superior in Northern Wisconsin.
Her father was a storyteller and a historian of the area. Jane was always writing letters and helping her father
search for the stories of the people who had come before them. She walked the fields of their farm with her father
and he showed her the places where Indians had camped and left behind their arrowheads and knives.
When her father came upon an abandoned homestead with 3 graves marked with crude wooden crosses, Jane
and her father had to find the story behind the graves. While in high school, Jane wrote her first book about the
history of the people who left the 3 graves of children behind.
Jane has spent her adult life looking for new frontiers. With her husband, John M. Grimsrud, she built a 46 foot
sailboat and left the North Country behind and sailed South to a warmer climate.
Jane currently resides with her husband in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico.
Brule River Forest and Lake Superior: Cloverland
by Jane Pearson Grimsrud
This book of historical anecdotes is set in the Northwestern Lake Superior
It is fact filled, fast moving, humorous and witty with identifiable human faces.
You will get to know the people who made America what it is today; fur traders,
Indians, voyagers, lumberjacks, robber barons and homesteading pioneers.
Travel through history on the Brule River of Wisconsin and along the shore of
Take note of the howls of the timber wolves, the war cries of the Ojibwe and
Sioux, and the tales of the lumbermen.
This book is available in paperback, Kindle, and large print editions.
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About John M. Grimsrud
John M. Grimsrud lives with his wife Jane in Mérida, Yucatan, in an ecologically friendly home of his own
design. He has been biking, photographing, exploring, and writing about the Yucatan for over twenty-five years.
Prior to seeking a new life of adventure in Yucatan, Mexico, John and his wife lived aboard their home built
46-foot sailboat Dursmirg for many years.
John has published a four volume Travels of Dursmirg sailing series about life and travels aboard his vessel
Dursmirg. These books are: Sailing Beyond Lake Superior, Sailing the Sea Islands, Sailing the Florida Keys,
and Sailing to St. Augustine.
In addition, he has published Yucatan's Magic- Mérida Side Trips and Yucatan for Travelers. These two books
contain over 25 years worth of selected day trips to places tourists miss most, plus useful transportation
information and tips on the best seasons to visit Yucatan.
Jane, his editor, lifetime companion, wife, and best friend, has published three historical books: Sentinels of
the Past- 1961- [the most plagiarized northern Wisconsin book], Looking for a New Frontier- 2010 plus Brule
River Forest and Lake Superior - 2013.
These books are available in paperback and Kindle digital world wide, except for Sentinels of the Past which is
out of print.