Wow! I saw your name and looked into the post. I'm so glad I did.
There seems to be a book in there somewhere, have you considered that? I remember reading "Drinkers of the Wind" as a young girl and thought how exciting it would be to travel to those far off lands.
I can only imagine how wonderful your memories are with such an interesting and adventurous family background.
I hope you can return some day and get the "big pearl"...
'O Oysters, come and walk with us!'
The Walrus did beseech.