• Roman Nose State Park (map)
  • Cronkhite Ranch Room
  • Watonga, OK 73772
  • USA

Kaci Cronkhite, fifth generation Oklahoman, grew up on Cronkhite Ranch and graduated from Watonga schools before heading off to Tulsa, Iowa, Alaska, and sailing around the world. In 2007, six years into a decade of work as director of the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, she opened an email and fell in love with the curvy little wooden boat called PAX. For the next 7 years, she tracked down the long-lost history of the boat in British Columbia, California, and Denmark. In 2016, she completed a book about that journey which sold out.

"The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find." - KC

The new expanded edition of the Finding PAX: one woman's journey for the love of a wooden boat, is published by the world's premiere nautical press in London (Adlard Coles/Bloomsbury). It includes 30 color photographs, a map of the boat's journey in 1937 from Denmark to Belgium, a new cover, and epilogue.

Kaci's grandfather, J.B. Cronkhite was the founding influence on the development of Roman Nose State Park. Her grandmother, Lillian, worked at the park for more than two decades. Roman Nose State Park has been a beloved place to her parents, Kelly and Pat, and siblings, Kimbri, Kelly, and Kipton... and now, a sixth generation. Kaci bought a home overlooking the canyons in 2009. Much of this book and her next, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea, have been writtten right here in the land that inspired her family and countless others for generations. 

This is Kaci's first book signing and event in Oklahoma. Finding PAX: expanded edition books will be for sale during the event and year-round in the Park Gift Shop!