Real-life stories of a grandfather to his granddaughter recount events of his youth that were amusing, life-changing, adventurous, and often dangerous. They were not your typical experiences, unless falling down mountains, spending nights in jails, and smuggling goods across Europe were part of your growing up. The settings are the South of the 1950's and Chicago, Europe, and the United States national parks in the 1960's. The early letters not only recount the author's experiences but reflect his rejection of racism and other values prevalent in Southern society at the time. Contact with unusual or different people and places influenced his later life and values. In his final letter, he comes full circle, once again experiencing the country lifestyle of his youth and confirming its place in his heart.