Last BreathPeter Stark
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Last BreathPeter Stark
Sudden, extreme deaths have always fascinated us-- and now more than ever as athletes and travelers rise to the challenges of high-risk sports and journeys on the edge. In this spellbinding book, veteran travel and outdoor sports writer Peter Stark reenacts the dramas of what happens inside our bodies, our minds, and our souls when we push ourselves to the absolute limits of human endurance. Combining the adrenaline high of extreme sports with the startling facts of physiological reality, Stark narrates a series of outdoor adventure stories in which thrill can cross the line to mortal peril. Each death or brush with death is at once a suspense story, a cautionary tale, and a medical thriller. Stark describes in unforgettable detail exactly what goes through the mind of a cross-country skier as his body temperature plummets-- apathy at ninety-one degrees, stupor at ninety. He puts us inside the body of a doomed kayaker tumbling helplessly underwater for two minutes, five minutes, ten minutes. He conjures up the physiology of a snowboarder frantically trying not to panic as he consumes the tiny pocket of air trapped around his face under thousands of pounds of snow. These are among the dire situations that Stark transforms into harrowing accounts of how our bodies react to trauma, how reflexes and instinct compel us to fight back, and how, why, and when we let go of our will to live. In an increasingly tamed and homogenized world, risk is not only a means of escape but a path to spirituality. As Peter Stark writes, "You must try to understand death intimately and prepare yourself for death in order to live a full and satisfying life." In this fascinating, informative book, Stark reveals exactly what we’re getting ourselves into when we choose to live-- and die-- at the extremes of endurance.
Into Thin AirJon Krakauer
National Bestseller A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air , Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. By writing Into Thin Air , Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air 's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb , Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment." According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."
A Year in ProvencePeter Mayle
National Bestseller In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.
A Walk in the WoodsBill Bryson
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The classic chronicle of a “terribly misguided and terribly funny” ( The Washington Post ) hike of the Appalachian Trail, from the author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Body “The best way of escaping into nature.”— The New York Times Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes—and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. For a start there’s the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson’s acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America’s last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is a modern classic of travel literature. NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
Leave Only FootprintsConor Knighton
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A delightful sampler plate of our national parks, written with charisma and erudition.”—Nick Offerman, author of Paddle Your Own Canoe From CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton, a behind-the-scenery look at his year traveling to each of America's National Parks, discovering the most beautiful places and most interesting people our country has to offer When Conor Knighton set off to explore America's "best idea," he worried the whole thing could end up being his worst idea. A broken engagement and a broken heart had left him longing for a change of scenery, but the plan he'd cooked up in response had gone a bit overboard in that department: Over the course of a single year, Knighton would visit every national park in the country, from Acadia to Zion. In Leave Only Footprints, Knighton shares informative and entertaining dispatches from what turned out to be the road trip of a lifetime. Whether he's waking up early for a naked scrub in a historic bathhouse in Arkansas or staying up late to stargaze along our loneliest highway in Nevada, Knighton weaves together the type of stories you're not likely to find in any guidebook. Through his unique lens, America the Beautiful becomes America the Captivating, the Hilarious, and the Inspiring. Along the way, he identifies the threads that tie these wildly different places together—and that tie us to nature—and reveals how his trip ended up changing his views on everything from God and love to politics and technology. Filled with fascinating tidbits about our parks' past and reflections on their fragile future, this book is both a celebration of and a passionate case for the natural wonders that all Americans share.
How to Find a Job in NorwayDavid Nikel & Ingrid Romundset Fabrello
A proven process for finding your dream job in Norway. Landing a job in Norway is the most difficult hurdle to overcome as a newcomer to the country. Even the most experienced expat has to compete against a highly educated workforce with near-native English language ability. But there is a way through! By following a proven strategy, this book will help you to: Understand the job market in NorwayFind the job vacancies best suited for youDiscover what Norwegians are looking for in an employeeSucceed with the job interview by knowing exactly what to expectAvoid the most common mistakes made by foreigners Norwegian employment and recruitment expert Ingrid Romundset Fabrello has years of experience leading workshops and one-on-one consulting to help English-speaking foreigners in Norway land a job. She shares her expertise and very best advice from helping a diverse range of foreigners into the Norwegian job market. Her co-author David Nikel has spent seven years running a website for foreigners in Norway, and has been through the recruitment process himself several times. He receives questions and hears stories from his fellow expats on a daily basis, so understands exactly what the challenges are. Whether you're a single professional dreaming of a new life in Norway, or a trailing spouse looking to fill your days, How to Find a Job in Norway will help you hit your employment goal.
Before The Perfect Storm , before In the Heart of the Sea , Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. “Utterly absorbing” ( Newsweek ), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library.
Cry of the KalahariMark Owens & Delia Owens
“A remarkable story beautifully told…Among such classics as Goodall’s In the Shadow of Man and Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist .”— Chicago Tribune Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Mark and Delia Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a thirdhand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. There they lived for seven years, in an unexplored area with no roads, no people, and no source of water for thousands of square miles. In this vast wilderness the Owenses began their zoology research, working along animals that had never before been exposed to humans. An international bestseller, Cry of the Kalahari is the story of the Owenses’s life with lions, brown hyenas, jackals, giraffes, and the many other creatures they came to know. It is also a gripping account of how they survived the dangers of living in one of the last and largest pristine areas on Earth.
Taste of the TownTodd Blackledge, JR Rosenthal & Bryan Jaroch
College football culture is captured through the food, small town characters, and college life that makes Saturdays in autumn something fans look forward to every year. In TASTE OF THE TOWN, Todd Blackledge, host of the enormously popular ESPN segment "Taste of the Town," focuses on popular college towns by telling you where to eat, what to eat, and great stories about college football traditions across America. With over 100 recipes from the chefs of the featured restaurants and the coach (or wife) of the hometown team you will be left hungry and excited to try out the popular football food for yourselves! Behind-the-scenes photos, shot on location, enhance the energy of the fun and food featured in each town. This book about football, food, and college culture showcases the coaches, players, chefs, and rabid fans who regularly join together to talk about their common passion.
Delia and Mark Owens in AfricaDelia Owens
Delia Owens, author of the best-selling Where the Crawdads Sing , began her career writing riveting real-life adventure and wildlife tales with her husband, Mark Owens. Collected in a single volume for the first time, these three odysseys show how the Owenses’ “ingenuity, courage, and accomplishment are beyond exaggeration.” ( People ) Carrying little more than a change of clothes and a pair of binoculars, two young Americans, Delia and Mark Owens, caught a plane to Africa, bought a third-hand Land Rover, and drove deep into the Kalahari Desert. In this vast wilderness they met animals that had never seen humans before, and leopards, giraffes, and brown hyenas were regular visitors to their camp, all chronicled in Cry of the Kalahari . But the Kalahari is not Eden, and Mark and Delia were continually threatened by wildfires, drought, violent storms, and sometimes by the animals they studied and loved. They set off on another African odyssey in search of a new wilderness in The Eye of the Elephant . They land in a remote valley of Zambia, where the hippos swam in the river just below their tents, lions stalked the bush, and elephants wandered into camp to eat marula fruits. The peace, though, was soon shattered with gunfire, and Delia and Mark were inexorably drawn into a high-stakes struggle to save the wildlife. With Secrets of the Savanna , Delia and Mark tell the dramatic story of their last years in Africa, fighting to save elephants, villagers, and—in the end—themselves. The award-winning zoologists and pioneering conservationists describe their work in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Luangwa Valley, in northeastern Zambia.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa
THE trusted source of information for a successful Walt Disney World vacation The best-selling independent guide to Walt Disney World has everything you need to plan your family’s trip—hassle-free. Whether you are planning your annual vacation to Walt Disney World or preparing for your first visit ever, this book gives you the insider scoop on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2020 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With an Unofficial Guide in hand, and with authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides, find out what’s available in every category, from best to worst, and get step-by-step, detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World.
Turn Right at Machu PicchuMark Adams
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING TRAVEL MEMOIR What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu? In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent. Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?
The Eye of the ElephantDelia Owens & Mark Owens
An “exciting” true account of battling the elephant poachers of Zambia by the author of Where the Crawdads Sing and her fellow biologist (The Boston Globe). Intelligent, majestic, and loyal, with lifespans matching our own, elephants are among the greatest of the wonders gracing the African wilds. Yet, in the 1970s and 1980s, about a thousand of these captivating creatures were slaughtered in Zambia each year, killed for their valuable ivory tusks. When biologists Mark and Delia Owens, residing in Africa to study lions, found themselves in the middle of a poaching fray, they took the only side they morally could: that of the elephants.
The Lost ContinentBill Bryson
“The kind of book Steinbeck might have written if he’d traveled with David Letterman.” —New York magazine An inspiring and hilarious account of one man’s rediscovery of America and his search for the perfect small town. Following an urge to rediscover his youth, Bill Bryson left his native Des Moines, Iowa, in a journey that would take him across 38 states. Lucky for us, he brought a notebook. With a razor wit and a kind heart, Bryson serves up a colorful tale of boredom, kitsch, and beauty when you least expect it. From Times Square to the Mississippi River to Williamsburg, Virginia, Bryson's keen and hilarious search for the perfect American small town is a journey straight into the heart and soul of America.
Watching giant panda eating, playing and sleeping through pictures and videos taken from China. Learn panda in detail from many colorful pictures in this book.
The most trusted trail resource for Moab, Utah. Every trail represented has been freshly driven and documented using the latest GPS technology for extreme accuracy. Over 500 color photos show scenery as well as trouble spots. Tips and advice from local experts help to get you through the trail. All trails are BLM approved and are legal routes. More Jeep Safari trails are referenced as well, including Cameo Cliffs, the Pickle, Where Eagles Dare and Rusty Nail. After spending a few days driving Area BFE, the need for a concise and accurate overview map and directions became clear and full descriptions have been added. With this latest edition as your guide, you’ll enjoy multi-day overland adventures in new areas, which include the Maze District in Canyonlands National Park and the San Rafael Swell. Planning your next adventure becomes simpler than ever with the new format which customers tell us is much easier to use. Routes are color coded easy , moderate and difficult , and symbols quickly show the kinds of vehicles allowed on each trail. A separate mileage log ties numbered locations along the route to a custom map with relief background. There are 88 detailed and distinct maps with precise GPS coordinates for each numbered location. Reverse mileages and historical highlights are also included. All this is supported by an active website, which includes free trail updates and GPS downloads. Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails is sure to be your go-to resource as you explore and discover the unique adventures that await in Moab’s red rocks.
Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 4th EditionCharles A Wells & Matt Peterson
Colorado’s top-selling 4×4 guidebook. 100 of the best 4×4 trails in southern Colorado. Completely redone 4th edition is more fun than ever. All trails south of I-70. (For trails north of I-70, see our Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.) Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you’ll have fun. The book features 26 easy family fun runs, 32 moderate sport utility adventures and 42 difficult hard-core challenges. 92 trails are open to unlicensed ATVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. The book features 8 new trails not in the previous edition. Six are on the Western Slope in the Grand Junction area. Each trail features a turn-by-turn mileage log with GPS waypoints referenced to a custom map. The trail description includes an overview, a detailed rating, time and distance driven, highest elevation, contact phone numbers to call for trail conditions, best times to go and directions to the start
Road FeverTim Cahill
Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.
The Lawrence Durrell Travel ReaderLawrence Durrell & Clint Willis
A collection of travel essays from the bestselling author whose writing sparkles with “prose as luminous as the Mediterranean air he loves” ( Time ). Few men have traveled as wisely as Lawrence Durrell. Born in India, he lived in Corfu as a young man, enjoying salt air, cobalt water, and an unfettered bohemian lifestyle. Over the following decades, he rambled around the Mediterranean, making homes in Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece. Each time he moved, he asked himself why he felt compelled to travel. In this book, he gives his answer. Durrell knew that the wise traveler looks not for pleasure, education, or landmarks, but is hungry for a sense of place—the element of a landscape, city, or nation that makes its people who they are. In this anthology, passages from Durrell’s classic Mediterranean writings are paired with observations on other lands. His writing is poetic, lush, and achingly clear, for this was a man who truly saw the world.
Essentials: Tourism Office | Buy & Eat | Sleep | Stay Safe 1. General: History | Geography | Geology | Flora and fauna | Climate 2. Maps: Canyons | Island in The Sky | Horseshoe Canyon | Arches NP 3. Transportation: Get In | Get Around | Canyonlands Field 4. Landmarks: See | Do | Horseshoe Canyon | Lake Powell | Ski Resorts | Colorado Plateau | Colorado River | Green River 5. Canyonlands Trails: Islands in the Sky | The Needles | Maze 6. National Monuments: Hovenweep NM | Natural Bridges NM | Newspaper Rock State HM | Rainbow Bridge NM 7. By Area: Moab | Park City | Dead Horse Point State Park | Glen Canyon NRA | Get Out 7.1 Arches National Park: Delicate Arch | Balanced Rock | Double Arch | Landscape Arch
Find countless opportunities to capture the beauty and natural diversity of America's most visited national park. On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee lie the forests and mountains of America’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life—the most biological diversity of any area in the world’s temperate zone—this beautiful place also boasts some of the last remaining pockets of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. The park offers countless opportunities to capture its beauty and diversity on film, and in this book professional photographer and writer Jim Hargan leads you to some of the best photo sites throughout this 800-square-mile wonderland.
Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise PortsRick Steves
Set sail and dive into Europe's magnificent port cities with Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports ! Inside you'll find: Rick's expert advice on making the most of your time on a cruise and experiencing each city, with thorough coverage of 23 ports of call Practical travel strategies including how to choose and book your cruise, adjusting to life onboard, and saving money Self-guided walks and tours of each port city so you can hit the best sights, sample local cuisine, and get to know the culture, even with a short amount of time Essential logistics including step-by-step instructions for arriving at each terminal, getting into town, and finding necessary services like ATMs and pharmacies Rick's reliable tips and candid advice on how to beat the crowds, skip lines, and avoid tourist traps Helpful reference photos throughout and full-color maps of each city Useful tools like mini-phrasebooks, detailed instructions for any visa requirements, hotel and airport recommendations for cruise access cities, and what to do if you miss your ship Full list of coverage: Provence, Marseille, Toulon and the Port of La Seyne-sur-Mer, Cassis, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Villefrance-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, the Port of Livorno, Rome, the Port of Civitaveccia, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Athens, the Port of Piraeus, Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Olympia and the Port of Katakolo, Crete and the Port of Heraklion, Rhodes, Istanbul, Ephesus, and The Port of Kusadasi Maximize your time and savor every moment in port with Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports . Heading north? Pick up Rick Steves Scandinavian & Northern European Cruise Ports .
The ultimate RV living full-time guide is finally here! Have you ever wanted to give up living in a house and go out to see this beautiful nation that we live in? Do you have the desire to just wander around and live your life without necessarily having to answer to others? Then living in an RV full-time may be the choice for you! This book has been expertly crafted to bring you the only RV living full-time guide that you'll ever need! From start to finish you'll be in the best hands as I show you the most effective way to transition your life from where you are right now to a life that brings you excitement and adventure on the open road. Discover how you can finally live an amazing life in an RV while also making and saving money! Say goodbye to those old stressful ways of living and start to truly revolutionize your life on the road! This RV living guide can really help you successfully transition to the open road. Here are some of the things you'll discover inside this exciting new RV living full-time book: Essential information on the types of RVs and finding the right RV for you How to carefully and successfully prepare for life on the road What you should do and what you should not do when considering RV living full time - it is critically important not to make the mistakes that others have Discover how to budget effectively and learn money-saving tips and tricks How to take care of your health on the road Essential tips for living on the road How to make good money while living on the road Plus tons more inside this must-have book! Click the buy button today while the price is low!
Where the Wild Winds AreNick Hunt
Selected as a Book of the Year by the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator "Travel writing in excelsis." -Jan Morris, author of Venice "A thrilling and gorgeous tale, packed with meteorological wonder." -Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun Nick Hunt sets off on an unlikely quest: to follow four of Europe's winds across the continent. His wind-walks begin on Cross Fell, the highest point of the Pennines, as he chases the roaring Helm - the only named wind in Britain. In southern Europe he follows the Bora - a bitter northerly that blows from Trieste through Slovenia and down the Croatian coast. His hunt for the "snow-eating" Foehn becomes a meandering journey of exhilaration and despair through the Alpine valleys of Switzerland, and his final walk traces an ancient pilgrims' path in the south of France on the trail of the Mistral - the "wind of madness," which animated and tormented Vincent Van Gogh. These are journeys into wild wind, but also into wild landscapes and the people who inhabit them - a cast of meteorologists, storm chasers, mountain men, eccentric wind enthusiasts, sailors and shepherds. Soon Nick finds himself borne along by the very forces he is pursuing, through rain, blizzards, howling gales, and back through time itself. For, where the wild winds are, there are also myths and legends, history and hearsay, science and superstition - and occasionally remote mountain cabins packed with pickles, cured meats and homemade alcohol. Where the Wild Winds Are is a beautiful, unconventional travelogue that makes the invisible visible.
Day Hikes Around Sedona, ArizonaRobert Stone
Day Hikes Around Sedona, Arizona, is a comprehensive guide to 100 great hikes in one of the southwest's most scenic areas. The extensive network of trails offers abundant opportunities for hiking and exploration. Highlights include world-class rock formations, sculpted canyons, ancient cliff dwellings, year-round creeks, and panoramic views of the entire area. 224 pages with clear trail descriptions and ample maps. All hiking levels.
The Voyage of the Northern MagicDiane Stuemer
Ever dream of selling up and running away to sea? Diane Stuemer and her husband, Herbert, were once a typical suburban couple entering middle age, with a comfortable home and three boys under twelve. A year later they had sold their business, rented out their house, and were setting out to circumnavigate the globe in a 40-year-old yacht. Their entire sailing experience consisted of six afternoons on the Ottawa River. Over the next four years, squeezed into quarters no bigger than the Stuemers’ old bedroom, the family of five would become seasoned mariners. They would battle deadly storms at sea and evade real-life pirates. Dodge waterspouts and lightning strikes and witness the bombing of the USS Cole. See the staggering beauty of Borneo’s rainforest, and its destruction from logging. Be arrested at gunpoint and entertained like visiting royalty. In all, they would visit 34 countries and cover 35,000 nautical miles. Almost everywhere they went, the family made lasting friendships. They learned to trust each other and embrace opportunity, and in Kenya they learned the true meaning of humanity. As Northern Magic pushed onward, many thousands followed the family’s progress in Diane’s dispatches to the Ottawa Citizen, and thousands more turned out to cheer when the amazing Stuemers came home.
Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the WestFodor's Travel Guides
Ready to experience the National Parks of the West? The experts at Fodor’s are here to help. Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West travel guide is packed with customizable itineraries with top recommendations, detailed maps of each National Park, and exclusive tips from locals. Whether you want to hike through jaw-dropping landscapes of Yosemite, see rare wildlife and natural wonders in Yellowstone, or go river-rafting in the Grand Canyon, this up-to-date guidebook will help you plan it all out. This new edition has been FULLY-REDESIGNED with a new layout and beautiful images for more intuitive travel planning! Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West includes: ● AN ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE GUIDE that visually captures the top highlights of each National Park. ● SPECTACULAR COLOR PHOTOS AND FEATURES throughout, including special features on the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone, tips for stargazing, and identifying rock formations and ancient petroglyphs. ● INSPIRATIONAL “BEST OF” LISTS identify the best things to see, do, eat, drink, and more. ● MULTIPLE ITINERARIES for various trip lengths help you maximize your time. ● MORE THAN 70 DETAILED MAPS help you plot your itinerary and navigate confidently. ● EXPERT RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS offer options for every taste. ● TRIP PLANNING TOOLS AND PRACTICAL TIPS include: guides to getting around, saving money and time, and beating the crowds. ● LOCAL INSIDER ADVICE tells you where to find under-the-radar gems, along with the best campsites and lodges in each park. ● HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL OVERVIEWS add perspective and enrich your travels. ● NEW FEATURES like the best site in each National Park; A SPECIAL GUIDE to river-rafting in the Colorado River. ● COVERS: Yellowstone, Glacier and Waterton Lakes, Grand Teton, Zion, Olympic National Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns, Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde, Badlands National Park, Great Basin, Crater Lake, and more. ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years. Planning on visiting more of the West? Check out Fodor’s California, Fodor's Utah, Fodor's Colorado, and more.
The Travel TragicJohn Hart
A story of misadventures and everyday experiences of world travel, Aussie John Hart recounts tales of travel to Turkey and and all around Europe. Funny place names, hilarious happenings and dry observations are all part of this little book. "John Hart is a very funny man and I know his brand of humour will delight all readers from the ages of 5 to 113. In-fact, any idiot is capable of reading this book. It has less than 15,000 words in it. "He is a very handsome man who has just turned a grumpy 50. This short story is about his travels overseas and is sure to give you plenty of belly laughs and giggles."
Moon Drive & Hike Pacific Crest TrailMoon Travel Guides & Caroline Hinchliff
Whether you're stopping for a day trek or taking a weekend getaway, hit the road and hit the legendary trail with Moon Drive & Hike Pacific Crest Trail . Make your escape on shorter trips from nearby cities, hit all the national parks along the PCT, or drive the entire two-week route from California to Washington Find your hike along the Pacific Crest Trail with detailed trail descriptions, difficulty ratings, mileage, and tips for picking the right section of the trail for you Discover adventures on and off the trail: Watch the bubbling mud pots below Lassen Peak or admire Joshua trees in the sparse and peaceful Mojave Desert. Savor artisan, homemade-style pies of all kinds in Julian, sample craft beers in Bend, or gorge yourself at Timberline Lodge's gourmet brunch buffet. Cross the Columbia River on the historic Bridge of the Gods, climb into the massive granite peaks of the North Cascades, or catch a magical sunrise over the eastern edge of Oregon's Crater Lake Take it from avid hiker Caroline Hinchliff, who shares her insight on the best spots for wildlife-watching, glamping, or having a Wild moment Full-color photos, strategic itineraries, easy-to-use maps and site-to-site driving times Get the lowdown on when and where to get gas, how to avoid traffic, and braving different road and weather conditions, plus tips for LGBTQ travelers, seniors, and road-trippers with kids With Moon Drive & Hike Pacific Crest Trail's practical tips and local know-how, you're ready to lace up your hiking boots, pick a trailhead, and embark on your adventure. For more epic getaways, check out Moon Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail .
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2021Bob Sehlinger & Len Testa
The Trusted Source of Information for a Successful Walt Disney World Vacation The best-selling independent guide to Walt Disney World has everything you need to plan your family’s trip—hassle-free. Whether you are planning your annual vacation to Walt Disney World or preparing for your first visit ever, this book gives you the insider scoop on hotels, restaurants, and attractions. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2021 explains how Walt Disney World works and how to use that knowledge to make every minute and every dollar of your vacation count. With an Unofficial Guide in hand—and with authors Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa as guides—find out what’s available in every category, from best to worst, and get step-by-step, detailed plans to help make the most of your time at Walt Disney World. There have been lots of changes at Walt Disney World. Here’s what’s NEW in the 2021 book: When to visit Walt Disney World to get lower crowds and bigger hotel discounts Tips for riding Disney's fantastic new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance blockbuster attraction without long waits in line How to "Rope Drop" Disney theme parks to get on the most popular rides faster How to wait less in lines with Disney's Early Morning Magic and After Hours events Ten tips for finding the cheapest Disney World tickets (and a free online search tool to do all the work for you) The latest on discounted stroller rentals, car rentals, and vacation homes Reviews of Disney's swanky new Riviera Resort, plus the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure rides for families The best Disney character meals for your family, and the ones to avoid The best hotel rooms to request at every Disney resort
Bicycle DiariesDavid Byrne
A round-the-world bicycle tour with one of the most original artists of our day. Urban bicycling has become more popular than ever as recession-strapped, climate-conscious city dwellers reinvent basic transportation. In this wide-ranging memoir, artist/musician and co-founder of Talking Heads David Byrne--who has relied on a bike to get around New York City since the early 1980s--relates his adventures as he pedals through and engages with some of the world's major cities. From Buenos Aires to Berlin, he meets a range of people both famous and ordinary, shares his thoughts on art, fashion, music, globalization, and the ways that many places are becoming more bike-friendly. Bicycle Diaries is an adventure on two wheels conveyed with humor, curiosity, and humanity.
Moving to Greater St. PetersburgCindy Dobyns
This practical and lively guide is essential if you are making St. Petersburg and the beaches your new home. "Moving to Greater St. Petersburg: The Un-Tourist Guide" provides all the vital information you need to settle in comfortably and quickly. Join nearly a million people in Pinellas County, Florida who currently enjoy year round sunshine, waterfront homes, fishing and boating, while pursuing careers or retirement.
Asheville’s Top 10 Dining ExperiencesGeary Yelton
Asheville, North Carolina, is known for gorgeous mountain scenery, year-round tourists, and in recent years, exceptional restaurants. With so many choices, where’s the best place to eat? In his interactive iBook Asheville’s Top 10 Dining Experiences , Asheville’s own Geary Yelton surveys the culinary landscape to help you find the best in food, service, and atmosphere. Whether you’re a frequent visitor, you’re new to the area, or you’ve lived in Western North Carolina all your life, why miss out on a wonderful meal when it could be an unforgettable experience?
Walking Salt Lake CityLynn Arave & Ray Boren
A new title in the Walking series, Walking: Salt Lake City is geared to first-time visitors to Salt Lake City-- and to local residents. Both will enjoy the history and tales about places they thought they knew, and will be surprised to find walking destinations they may not have considered before. Each tour in the stylish, portable format touches on history, culture, and local architecture, plus insider recommendations on eateries, galleries, and nightlife. With clear maps depicting each walk, parking and public transit info, at-a-glance summaries and Points of Interest appendices, there's no better way to discover a city than on foot with a Walking guide. Walking Salt Lake City is a time-traveling guide to Salt Lake City's past and to its vibrant present. Written by Utah natives, it presents rambles of every kind. The 30+ tours explore the city's downtown, which is experiencing an invigorating renaissance; Temple Square, world headquarters of the Latter-Day Saints Church; Capitol Hill; character-filled neighborhoods like the Avenues and "15th and 15th"; and semi-rural surprises near and within the bustling city, from Memory Grove and City Creek Canyon, a stone's throw from metropolitan skyscrapers, to tucked-away and nearly forgotten Miller Bird Preserve and the appropriately named Hidden Hollow. While snow-capped mountains, famous canyon resorts, and the inland sea that gave the city its name invitingly beckon hikers, skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and day-trippers, Walking Salt Lake City unveils tempting reasons to enjoy the urban setting itself. Thoughtfully designed, the guide offers precise directions, easy to follow summaries, and tips about inviting eateries and shopping havens. Whether you are out for a heart-pumping workout or an evening stroll, filling an hour or a day, or count yourself a Utah visitor, a new resident or a lifelong local, this book is designed with you in mind.
Travels with Charley in Search of AmericaJohn Steinbeck & Jay Parini
An intimate journey across and in search of America, as told by one of its most beloved writers, in a deluxe centennial edition In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante. His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York. Travels with Charley in Search of America is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand— Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition also features French flaps and deckle-edged paper. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Into the WildJon Krakauer
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild . Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild. Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life. Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless. Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons. When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris. He is said to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force . The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.
The Great ClodGary Snyder
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet of Turtle Island : a meditative, scholarly memoir of Asia—“a book . . . not quite like any other but trademark Snyder” ( Kirkus Reviews ). Over the course of his singular career, the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, essayist, environmental activist, and Beat icon Gary Snyder has derived wisdom and inspiration from his study of Eastern philosophies, cultures, and art. Now, with this collection of eight essays, Snyder offers “a deceptively small book enfolding a lifetime’s worth of study” ( Kirkus Reviews ). The Great Clod is the culmination of a project that Snyder began in 1969 with the essay ‘Summer in Hokkaido,’ first published in Coevolution Quarterly . In it and the subsequent entries, most of which are published here for the first time, Snyder weaves together elements of travel memoir and poetic insight with scholarly meditations on civilization’s relationship to the environment. The result is a seamless exploration of Asia that ranges from Hokkaido to Kyoto, from the Ainu to the Mongols, from the landscapes of China to the backcountry of Japan, and from the temples of Daitokoji to the Yellow River Valley. Here you will find “a series of essays on Asia’s ecological history, combining culture and politics in a way that is, unsurprisingly, poetic and graceful” ( Japan Times ).
Literary ParisNichole Robertson
An essential addition to the library of every booklover and Francophile, this unique love letter to Paris offers an immersive photographic stroll through its literary delights, from historic bookstores to hidden cafes. Paris in Color author Nichole Robertson turns her lens onto spots both legendary and little-known, highlighting quiet moments that every booklover savors—inviting cafe scenes, comfy chairs, enticing book nooks—and the weathered charm of places steeped in centuries of literary history. Quotes by great writers such as Balzac and Colette are interspersed throughout, while a timeline and an index of featured locations round out the volume. This bijou treasure of a book will inspire every creative soul who dreams of following in the footsteps of their literary heroes.
India Bites You Somehow: True-Life TalesKai Mayerfeld
INDIA BITES YOU SOMEHOW - TRUE-LIFE TALES of 40 Westerners Discovering the Sacred Within the Chaos of One Magnificent Country Will your next step lead you to nirvana or land you in cow dung? INDIA BITES YOU SOMEHOW is a rollicking collection of true stories that take you deep into the heart of the magical, mysterious Indian experience. Forty people from nineteen countries share their journeys -- both worldly and sacred -- from the 1960s to the present, where they encountered such questions as… Should I follow the yogi into the jungle to pursue man-eating tigers? Should I give this persistent, maimed child even more rupees? Dare I punch the porter who just pinched me on the behind, or argue with the government official who refuses to extend my visa? Is this guru really enlightened? Will I survive this tsunami rushing toward me? Will I ever be able to get off the toilet? These narratives – moving, terrifying, hilarious, awe-inspiring -- were recorded by the holy mountain Arunachala in South India, considered by many to be the most powerful place on Earth. It is also where the great sage of the 20th century, Ramana Maharshi, lived for most of his life. Both Mountain and sage have had a profound influence on teachers in the past as well as many present well-known spiritual teachers today. If you have been to India, you might recognize yourself in these pages. If you would like to come to India, this is advance warning, but with lots of encouragement. If you know you’ll never make it to India, this will take you deep into its essence, minus the scary microbes. And you will find out why, as one Canadian woman says, “Anything is possible in India! It really is! You might go crazy in the process, but it is possible!” Amazon Reviewer - Pat MacKenzie - I am a cancer patient who has been given the all clear for Stage 4 Lymphoma. India is on my bucket list. In late January I am going for 29 days to Southern India. This book I cannot put down. All stories are true life, whether they are about homeless dogs, funeral pyres or the unending generosity of the Indian heart. This book is a wealth of knowledge. It is not a guide book to the various temples, but a guide to the soul of India. I feel that I have a much better understanding of snippets that comprise India. Amazon Reviewer - The One Eyed Turtle - I enjoy these types of journeys, made by many different types of personalities. I am also a real India aficionada and feel so immersed in the culture and customs that I can almost smell the curry and envision the colors. Amazon Reviewer - R. Harbisin - Wonderful and inspiring book. It has made me realize that I cannot put off my trip to India for much longer. A definite must read.
The Road to Little DribblingBill Bryson
A loving and hilarious—if occasionally spiky—valentine to Bill Bryson’s adopted country, Great Britain. Prepare for total joy and multiple episodes of unseemly laughter. Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to discover and celebrate that green and pleasant land. The result was Notes from a Small Island, a true classic and one of the bestselling travel books ever written. Now he has traveled about Britain again, by bus and train and rental car and on foot, to see what has changed—and what hasn’t. Following (but not too closely) a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his matchless instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his unerring eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers acute and perceptive insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today. Nothing is more entertaining than Bill Bryson on the road—and on a tear. The Road to Little Dribbling reaffirms his stature as a master of the travel narrative—and a really, really funny guy.
Notes from a Small IslandBill Bryson
Before New York Times bestselling author Bill Bryson wrote The Road to Little Dribbling, he took this delightfully irreverent jaunt around the unparalleled floating nation of Great Britain, which has produced zebra crossings, Shakespeare, Twiggie Winkie’s Farm, and places with names like Farleigh Wallop and Titsey.
Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 4th EditionCharles A Wells & Matt Peterson
Northern companion to Colorado’s top-selling 4×4 guidebook. 90 of the best 4×4 trails in Northern Colorado. Completely redone 4th edition is more fun than ever. All trails are north of I-70. (For trails south of I-70, see our Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.) Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you’ll have fun. The book features 25 easy family fun runs, 32 moderate sport utility adventures and 33 difficult hard-core challenges. 78 trails are open to unlicensed ATVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. The book features 14 new trails not in the previous edition. Seven are on the Western Slope in the Grand Junction area. Each trail features a turn-by-turn mileage log with GPS waypoints referenced to a custom map. The trail description includes an overview, a detailed rating, time and distance driven, highest elevation, contact phone numbers to call for trail conditions, best times to go and directions to the start.
DK Eyewitness Great BritainDK Eyewitness
Three unique nations interwoven into a rich cultural tapestry, this small island has huge character. Whether you want to tour elegant stately homes, marvel prehistoric wonders or take a windswept walk along cliff-top paths, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that Great Britain has to offer. From the jagged peaks of the Scottish Highlands to the sweeping sands of the Jurassic coast, Great Britain boasts some of Europe's most spectacular scenery. Many centuries of civilisations are etched across this timeless landscape, now home to an array of exuberant cities, charming seaside towns and picturesque villages. Our newly updated guide brings Great Britain to life, transporting you there like no other travel guide does with expert-led insights and advice, detailed information on all the must-see sights, inspiring photography and our trademark illustrations. You'll discover: - our pick of Great Britain's must-sees, top experiences and hidden gems - the best spots to eat, drink, shop and stay - detailed maps and walks which make navigating the island easy - easy-to-follow itineraries - expert advice : get ready, get around and stay safe - color-coded chapters to every part of Great Britain, from London to Edinburgh, the Cotswolds to Cornwall Want the best of Great Britain in your pocket? Try our DK Eyewitness Top 10 guides to Scotland, London and Cornwall.
This carefully crafted ebook: "JOHN MUIR Ultimate Collection: Travel Memoirs, Wilderness Essays, Environmental Studies & Letters (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Table of Contents: Picturesque California The Mountains of California Our National Parks My First Summer in the Sierra The Yosemite Travels in Alaska Stickeen: The Story of a Dog The Cruise of the Corwin A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf Steep Trails Studies in the Sierra Articles and Speeches: The National Parks and Forest Reservations Save the Redwoods Snow-Storm on Mount Shasta Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park A Rival of the Yosemite The Treasures of the Yosemite Yosemite Glaciers Yosemite in Winter Yosemite in Spring Edward Henry Harriman Edward Taylor Parsons The Hetch Hetchy Valley The Grand Cañon of the Colorado Autobiographical: The Story of My Boyhood and Youth Letters to a Friend Tribute: Alaska Days with John Muir by Samuel Hall Young John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is a prominent American conservation organization.
Moon California CampingTom Stienstra
20 million acres of forest, 1,200 miles of coastline, and countless wilderness areas: find your perfect campsite with Moon California Camping . A Campsite for Everyone: A variety of campgrounds and RV parks, from secluded Sierra hike-ins to convenient roadside stopovers, including dog-friendly, family-friendly, and wheelchair accessible options Ratings and Essentials: All campsites are rated on a scenic scale and marked with amenities like restrooms, trailhead access, picnic areas, laundry, piped water, showers, and playgrounds Recreation Highlights: Discover nearby hiking, swimming, fishing, water-skiing, whitewater rafting, hot springs, and options for winter sports Maps and Directions: Easy-to-use maps and detailed driving directions for each campground Skip the Crowds: Moon California Camping contains many secluded spots and campgrounds that aren't available in the state's online reservation system The Top RV and Tent Sites for You: Pick the right campsite for your travel style with lists like "Best for Families," "Scenic Campgrounds," and "Best Island Retreats" Trailhead Access Campgrounds: Find sites that offer access to the John Muir Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and more, plus essential information on hiking Trusted Advice: Expert outdoorsman Tom Stienstra knows his stuff; he's hiked 25,000 miles in and around these campgrounds for over 30 years Tips and Tools: Information on equipment, food and cooking, first aid, and insect protection, plus background on the climate, landscape, and history of the campgrounds Whether you're a veteran or a first-time camper, Moon's comprehensive coverage and trusted advice will have you gearing up for your next adventure. Narrowing your search? Try Moon Northern California Camping . Hitting the road? Check out Moon California Road Trip . Full coverage of: The Redwood Empire, Shasta and Trinity, Lassen and Modoc, Mendocino and Wine Country, Sacramento and Gold Country, Tahoe and the Northern Sierra, the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey and Big Sur, the San Joaquin Valley, Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego (and their surrounding areas), and the California deserts, including Death Valley and Palm Desert
USA's National Parks Travel GuideLonely Planet
Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher* Lonely Planet’s USA’s National Parks is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Catch the country's 'first sunrise' from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia, take the drive of your life on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier, and climb the otherworldly rocks of Joshua Tree – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of USA’s National Parks and begin your journey now! Inside Lonely Planet’s USA’s National Parks : • Color maps and images throughout • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, music, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine, politics • Over 114 maps • Covers 59 parks in the USA including Acadia, Everglades, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains & Shenandoah, Joshua Tree & Death Valley, Olympic & Mount Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, Yosemite, Zion & Bryce Canyon, and more The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s USA’s National Parks is our most comprehensive guide to the USA’s national parks, and is perfect for discovering both popular and offbeat experiences. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s USA for an in-depth look at all the country has to offer. eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones) • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews • Add notes to personalize your guidebook experience • Seamlessly flip between pages • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash • Embedded links to recommendations’ websites • Zoom-in maps and images • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet. About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveler since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travelers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, eBooks, and more. TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveler's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)
The Lady and the MonkPico Iyer
When Pico Iyer decided to go to Kyoto and live in a monastery, he did so to learn about Zen Buddhism from the inside, to get to know Kyoto, one of the loveliest old cities in the world, and to find out something about Japanese culture today -- not the world of businessmen and production lines, but the traditional world of changing seasons and the silence of temples, of the images woven through literature, of the lunar Japan that still lives on behind the rising sun of geopolitical power. All this he did. And then he met Sachiko. Vivacious, attractive, thoroughly educated, speaking English enthusiastically if eccentrically, the wife of a Japanese "salaryman" who seldom left the office before 10 P.M., Sachiko was as conversant with tea ceremony and classical Japanese literature as with rock music, Goethe, and Vivaldi. With the lightness of touch that made Video Night in Kathmandu so captivating, Pico Iyer fashions from their relationship a marvelously ironic yet heartfelt book that is at once a portrait of cross-cultural infatuation -- and misunderstanding -- and a delightfully fresh way of seeing both the old Japan and the very new.
Blue HighwaysWilliam Least Heat-Moon
Hailed as a masterpiece of American travel writing, Blue Highways is an unforgettable journey along our nation's backroads. William Least Heat-Moon set out with little more than the need to put home behind him and a sense of curiosity about "those little towns that get on the map -- if they get on at all -- only because some cartographer has a blank space to fill: Remote, Oregon; Simplicity, Virginia; New Freedom, Pennsylvania; New Hope, Tennessee; Why, Arizona; Whynot, Mississippi." His adventures, his discoveries, and his recollections of the extraordinary people he encountered along the way amount to a revelation of the true American experience.
Dark Star SafariPaul Theroux
In Dark Star Safari the wittily observant and endearingly irascible Paul Theroux takes readers the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, dugout canoe, cattle truck, armed convoy, ferry, and train. In the course of his epic and enlightening journey, he endures danger, delay, and dismaying circumstances. Gauging the state of affairs, he talks to Africans, aid workers, missionaries, and tourists. What results is an insightful meditation on the history, politics, and beauty of Africa and its people, and "a vivid portrayal of the secret sweetness, the hidden vitality, and the long-patient hope that lies just beneath the surface" (Rocky Mountain News). In a new postscript, Theroux recounts the dramatic events of a return to Africa to visit Zimbabwe.
Lost on Planet ChinaJ. Maarten Troost
The bestselling author of The Sex Lives of Cannibals returns with a sharply observed, hilarious account of his adventures in China—a complex, fascinating country with enough dangers and delicacies to keep him, and readers, endlessly entertained. Maarten Troost has charmed legions of readers with his laugh-out-loud tales of wandering the remote islands of the South Pacific. When the travel bug hit again, he decided to go big-time, taking on the world’s most populous and intriguing nation. In Lost on Planet China, Troost escorts readers on a rollicking journey through the new beating heart of the modern world, from the megalopolises of Beijing and Shanghai to the Gobi Desert and the hinterlands of Tibet. Lost on Planet China finds Troost dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai; eating Yak in Tibet; deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as Cattle Penis with Garlic); visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead, very orange); and hiking (with 80,000 other people) up Tai Shan, China’s most revered mountain. But in addition to his trademark gonzo adventures, the book also delivers a telling look at a vast and complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think. As Troost shows, while we may be familiar with Yao Ming or dim sum or the cheap, plastic products that line the shelves of every store, the real China remains a world—indeed, a planet--unto itself. Maarten Troost brings China to life as you’ve never seen it before, and his insightful, rip-roaringly funny narrative proves that once again he is one of the most entertaining and insightful armchair travel companions around.
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