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Hiking, Trails and Wilderness Skills are Back! Here are Great Books to Get Moving Again

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So many ways to get into the swing of spring and outdoor enjoyment

The Statistics may not bear it out but there is a feeling in the air all over this nation that it is finally springtime and we’ve got to get out into the fresh air, even the wilderness when possible. A local hike in your city can be an amazing adventure. Even a massive megalopolis like Los Angeles has areas where hiking is healthy, beautiful and even educational.

But if you are ready to go further afield and want to plan a bigger trip to places that have more ambitious, advances and wild, scenic views, “100 Hikes of a Lifetime“: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails is definitely for you.

Of course it’s always fascinating to learn about survival and self-sufficiency that can save you in a pinch or just bestow pride and happiness at the thought of having those abilities. Navigating in all cases, but especially in the wilderness or an outdoor area you are unfamiliar with is a fantastic thing to know that can give you confidence and pleasure. Feeling like Jason Bourne (without the amnesia or the assassinations) is a pretty cool thing compared to just being a couch potato. There’s a primal enjoyment in learning how to track animals, find fresh water, even get better and predicting changes in weather patterns. If any of this sounds like your kind of thing, or like something you really need to learn, “The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs” might be your new favorite book.

One amazing thing about the USA is the vast expanse of uninhabited areas and the possibility of camping in virtually every one of our glorious fifty sates. If you need a reference that will help you find a great campground in any state, or if you are planning an RV excursion across the country, “Where Should We Camp Next?” is likely a perfect late night companion for you until the day you are ready to hit the road!

In a way similar to “100 Hikes of a Lifetime” and “Where Should We Camp Next?”, even like the two combined into one volume (albeit with varied content) is another great introduction to our nations wilderness get-aways; “100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas” is like a visual, mental and veritable feast for anyone looking forward to a wild outdoor summer in the USA, particularly after being cooped up for so long. Please check out the author and publisher descriptions below and happy outdoor summer 2021!

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails

Click to see “100 Hikes of a Lifetime“. Also available on Amazon.

Filled with beautiful National Geographic photography, wisdom from expert hikers like Andrew Skurka, need-to-know travel information, and practical wildlife-spotting tips, this inspirational guide offers the planet’s best experiences for hikers and sightseers.

From short day hikes–California’s Sierra High Route, Lake Agnes Teahouse in Alberta, Norway’s Mt. Skala–to multiday excursions like Mt. Meru in Tanzania and multi-week treks (Egypt’s Sinai Trail, Bhutan’s Snowman Trek, and the Bibbulum Track in Australia), you’ll find a hike that matches your interests and skill level. Click to see “100 Hikes of a Lifetime“. Also available on Amazon.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals–And Other Forgotten Skills

Click to see “The Lost Art of Reading Nature“. Also available on Amazon.

When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues.

The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south.

To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world.

Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal–if you only know how to look. Click to see “The Lost Art of Reading Nature“. Also available on Amazon.

Where Should We Camp Next?: A 50-State Guide to Amazing Campgrounds and Other Unique Outdoor Accommodations

Click to see “Where Should We Camp Next?“. Also available on Amazon.

Where Should We Camp Next?: A 50-State Guide to Amazing Campgrounds and Other Unique Outdoor AccommodationsOutdoor adventure, glamping, and camping vacations have never been more popular–and everyone is looking to discover the best destinations with beautiful scenery and desirable amenities. I

Where Should We Camp Next?, family camping and RV experts Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi make it easy for you to plan the perfect trip.

Whether you’re a fan of rustic national parks or luxury glamping resorts, the in-depth profiles of more than 300 amazing outdoor accommodation destinations will help you find the best places to park your RV, pitch your tent, or kick back in your yurt, treehouse, or cabin. Click to see “Where Should We Camp Next?“. Also available on Amazon.

100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

Click to see “100 Parks“. Also available on Amazon.

In the sequel to the best-selling 50 States, 5,000 ideas, National Geographic turns to the United States’ and Canada’s most pristine–and adventure-filled–national, state, and city parks with 5,000 ideas for the ultimate vacation.

Showcasing the best experiences, both obvious and unexpected, each entry in this robust guide provides an overview of the park, detailed travel advice, fascinating facts, insider knowledge about wildlife, and expert tips for hiking, biking, camping, and exploring.

From the geysers of Yellowstone National Park to the Everglades’ Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail and the stunning peaks of Banff and Jasper in Alberta, each page will fuel your wanderlust. Plus, explore the natural beauty tucked away in cities like New York’s Central Park and Boston Commons, and find bonus parks with day-trip suggestions to nearby neighbors. Click to see “100 Parks“. Also available on Amazon.

Take A Hike: 100 Page Hiking Logbook

Click to see “Take A Hike“. Also available on Amazon.

This is a funny book. Perhaps not for everybody, but if you want a book to use for journaling and keeping track of all your hikes this it it. It features a silly cover and 50 sheets in a 6×9 format that you can even carry along. Record all the details of your favorite hikes with this awesome hiking logbook.

  • 100 pages (50 sheets)
  • 6 x 9 inches paperback
  • Record the date, distance, duration, and conditions of your walks
  • Click on our author name for more cover designs

Click to see “Take A Hike“. Also available on Amazon.


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