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50 Hikes in Louisiana: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks in the Bayou State, First Edition Paperback – January 1, 2004
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My area, North Louisiana has five hiking trails listed in the book. Coincidentally, I took the first one a year ago when I took my Pretend Children to visit Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park with its Intrepretive Building and a conservationist on hand to explain and demonstrate and show.
The trail is divided into parts, designating length and time to hike. The longest is 2.2 miles and subdivided into shorter segments. We took the half mile hike because we had a three-year-old with us, who did most of the hiking on her own feet then part clutched to my side and on my two feet. What was missing and what I now know because of this book and the accoutrements to take.
1. Wear comfortable shoes like tennis, walking, or running shoes.
2. Take a water resistant rain jacket in your pack.
3. Wear two pairs of socks (described in detail and reasons why)
4. A pack which contains first-aid kit, flashlight, knife, compass, toilet paper, waterproof matches, a plastic bag for trash, and food and water.
5. Insect repellent. Wear long pants because of ticks, spiders, fire ants.
6. A walking stick to knock down spider webs when necessary
7. A poison ivy remedy
8. Sun block
Since none of the trails in North Louisiana are difficult, this set of supplies is quite complete.Read more ›
Whether you'd like to try to complete all #50 or just a couple in your area, this is the book to have.
For nearly 25 years, my career was as a tour director. Studying the history and culture of Louisiana was my education. Had I known about this book, it would have been in my library, back then. However, it's never too late to learn or to explore and so this book is certainly now a most important tool in my quest to complete all #50 Hikes within the year. I am going to try...
The book begins with an Introduction section which includes advice and suggestions for further reading such as Field Guides. Hikes are listed along with pertinent addresses should you desire further help along the way.
This is the ultimate trail guide for Louisiana. Trails are categorized by Region and are presented in #5 Sections: North, Central, Southwest, South-Central, and Southeast Louisiana.
Throughout the book, Ms. Baxley has provided directions to each trail with illustrated maps. She has also provided the actual mileage of each hike and approximated how much time to allow for each. She also includes possible trail conditions one may encounter and insightful commentary on the natural history associated with each of the #50 trails.
As was Ms. Baxley, I am a member of the Louisiana Hiking Club. In he Acknowledgement section of her book, Ms. Baxley thanks some of the LHC members who helped her. Since becoming a member of the LHC, I have had the happy opportunity to hike with some of those she mentions. They have been helpful to me, as well. If you are considering becoming a member of any hiking club, don't hesitate to do so. There will surely be established and experienced members who will be happy to help you, as well.
See you on the trail.
"Don't get up, gentlemen. I'm only passing through." ~ Bob Dylan
I can't complain too much because it does what it promises: tells you about some trails in Louisiana.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was written in 2003, so it can't reflect post-Katrina changes. Descriptions are wordy and it doesn't include maps. I preferred "Hiking the Gulf Coast."Published 16 days ago by From DC
Very satisfied with this purchase. Can't wait to start exploring the trails in the state I've lived in for most of my life.Published 18 months ago by speedballz
It reads well and keeps thing simple. It is not a step here step there kind of book, but if you ever been to Louisiana then you know that would be difficult write. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Christy