On Trails An Exploration
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On Trails Summary : From a brilliant new literary voice comes a groundbreaking exploration of how trails help us understand the world, from tiny ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet.
On Trails Summary : Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award “The best outdoors book of the year” —Sierra Club A New York Times Bestseller A Best Book of the Year—as chosen by The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, Amazon, National Post, New York magazine, The Telegraph, Booklist, The Guardian Bookshop From a debut talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond, On Trails is a wondrous exploration of how trails help us understand the world—from invisible ant trails to hiking paths that span continents, from interstate highways to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing—combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde’s The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic—the oft-overlooked trail—sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity’s relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist’s gift for making new connections, the adventurer’s love for paths untaken, and the philosopher’s knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.
On Trails Summary : A strikingly original debut from a tremendous new talent, Robert Moor explores how trails help us understand the world, from the biological phenomenon of how ant trails are formed to hiking paths that span continents and oceans, from migration routes to the Internet. In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: 'How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own?' Over the course of the next seven years, Moor travelled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing. This deep search for meaning introduces the reader to experts who work with trails of all kind, outrageous anecdotes from his own experiences and spectacular descriptions of landscapes and animal behavior. On Trails gives an eye-opening tour, leaving us with a much richer, prismatic take on what we constantly take for granted: how we get where we're going.
📒Chesapeake by John Page Williams
Chesapeake Summary : In honor of the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, a beautifully illustrated travelogue follows Captain John Smith's expeditions around Chesapeake Bay, showcasing the natural vistas, diversity, and sites to visit around the area. Original.
📒Corvallis Trails by Margie C. Powell
Corvallis Trails Summary : Situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley and nestled against the rolling hills of the Coast Range, Corvallis, Oregon is an outdoor enthusiasts paradise, renowned for its abundance of parks and natural areas, easily accessed within a few minutes from downtown. With earlier guides to area trails long out of print, recreationists will cheer the publication of this informative, well-organized guide, which introduces nearly sixty trails, all either in Corvallis or within an hour's drive, and many suited for casual hikers and families with children. The book's first section focuses on close-in recreational opportunities, including walks and short hikes in Corvallis city parks and McDonald Forest. Most are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, or public transportation. The second section describes trails that are outside of Corvallis but still within easy reach, including Marys Peak, four National Wildlife Refuges, two waterfall walks, and nearby Coast Range outings. The detailed trail descriptions include directions, maps, the length and difficulty of each trail, and a wealth of information on the plants, wildlife, and natural attractions to be found. Also included are accounts of area history and local conservation efforts. Walkers, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds will find this comprehensive guidebook an essential companion as they explore the miles of well-known--and not so well-known--trails in Corvallis and environs.
📒A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
A Walk in the Woods Summary : God only knows what possessed Bill Bryson, a reluctant adventurer if ever there was one, to undertake a gruelling hike along the world's longest continuous footpath—The Appalachian Trail. The 2,000-plus-mile trail winds through 14 states, stretching along the east coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine. It snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America, as well as through some of its most poverty-stricken and primitive backwoods areas. With his offbeat sensibility, his eye for the absurd, and his laugh-out-loud sense of humour, Bryson recounts his confrontations with nature at its most uncompromising over his five-month journey. An instant classic, riotously funny, A Walk in the Woods will add a whole new audience to the legions of Bill Bryson fans.
📒Backpack Explorer On The Nature Trail by Editors of Storey Publishing
Backpack Explorer On the Nature Trail Summary : Jump-start curiosity with this take-along field guide for children ages 4 and up. From worms, birds, and spiders to trees, flowers, and clouds, young explorers learn what to look and listen for wherever they are — whether in a nature preserve, an urban park, or a suburban backyard. Seek-and-find lists, on-the-trail art projects, and discovery games get kids engaged in hands-on learning about nature, and a real pull-out magnifying glass helps them get a close-up glimpse of leaf veins, seed pods, and tiny insects. Filled with activities, checklists, and stickers, this interactive nature guide belongs in every kid’s backpack.
📒Grand Obsession by Elias Butler
Grand obsession Summary : "Among his Grand Canyon disciples, Harvey achieved legendary status long before his death due to natural causes in May 2002. Ever since the 1950s, his name had been synonymous with mastery of the wild and Byzantine Grand Canyon back country. Here was someone who routinely stood at the rim of this mile-deep gorge and decided to find his own way to the bottom .... his greatest legacy was what he created for others -- 1079 typewritten pages in which he carefully recorded his treks -- a massive document that represents the fruits of nearly three year's worth of days spent indefatigably striding through the Canyon's unknown regions. Typed in a dense, meticulous voice, each page of Harvey's logbooks reveals a sharpened mind capable of photographically memorizing the minutiae of each side canyon, every turn in the Canyon's great form, each route he had found through its cliffs. Eventually Harvey's inveterate chronicling would become the basics for the first ever Grand Canyon back country guidebooks: Grand Canyon treks (1970), Grand Canyon treks II (1975) and Grand Canyon Treks III (1984)" -- Prologue.
📒Trekking Beyond by Dave Costello
Trekking Beyond Summary : Trekking Beyond takes you on a journey through the snow-capped peaks of the world’s mountains, the sandy dunes of our deserts and along the impressive coastal paths in a beautiful celebration of our world’s most impressive, challenging and beautiful treks. Vivid essays introduce the world’s best trekking regions – from the Himalayas to the Andes, Singalila Ridge to the Bibbulmun Track – exploring the challenges of walking these paths, the history of their formation and the sense of exploration and wonder to be found along these distinctive routes. Each route is accompanied by stunning photography, showcasing the variety of terrains and their magnificent vistas. Each region includes: • Case studies that detail specific treks • Maps of the region in full • Expertise from renowned trekkers World-renowned trekkers and outdoor adventure writers, Damian Hall, Dave Costello and Billi Bierling, bring their knowledge and expertise to each region.
📒Walking The Kiso Road by William Scott Wilson
Walking the Kiso Road Summary : Take a trip to old Japan with William Scott Wilson as he travels the ancient Kiso Road, a legendary route that remains much the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. The Kisoji, which runs through the Kiso Valley in the Japanese Alps, has been in use since at least 701 C.E. In the seventeenth century, it was the route that the daimyo (warlords) used for their biennial trips—along with their samurai and porters—to the new capital of Edo (now Tokyo). The natural beauty of the route is renowned—and famously inspired the landscapes of Hiroshige, as well as the work of many other artists and writers. Wilson, esteemed translator of samurai philosophy, has walked the road several times and is a delightful and expert guide to this popular tourist destination; he shares its rich history and lore, literary and artistic significance, cuisine and architecture, as well as his own experiences.