Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Friday, April 26th, 2013

  • I've spent tens of hours staring at century-old (and older) maps of Yellowstone National Park, tracing with my eyes the roadless contours of the landscape, trying to imagine what it must have been like to tour the park from atop a horse when it still was a wilderness.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

  • "Anyone who tells you portaging is fun is either a liar, or crazy, or maybe both."

    That's hard wisdom from the late Bill Mason, a legendary canoe paddler, naturalist, and author, to dispute.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

  • Turn-of-the-century Alaska was a harsh, demanding, and yet exhilarating place, a landscape that didn't suffer greenhorns.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

  • This heavily illustrated approach to history offers a concise and readable overview of "America's most famous battle and the turning point of the Civil War." Although the target audience is older children and young adults, the book provides a nice visual summary of the Battle of Gettysburg for almost any reader.

    Author and illustrator Wayne Vansant bookends the fighting at Gettysburg with some

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

  • Just in time for travel season, National Geographic has added another title to its collection of national park-related books. This one entices with a promise to reveal the "Secrets of the National Parks."

    Does Secrets of the National Parks, The Experts' Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond The Tourist Trail rise up to that promise? For the novice park traveler, most definitely.

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