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Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone (W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History) Paperback – March 6, 2009
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About the Author
Nature photographer KATHY ADAMS CLARK, owner of the photo agency KAC Productions, has served as president of the North American Nature Photography Association. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, Texas Highways, as well as in numerous books, magazines, and calendars. Her photos illustrate Gary's weekly newspaper column in the Houston Chronicle. They reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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This is an especially great book for someone who has never been to Big Bend National Park, but even a seasoned traveler (6 times for me) to the Park will enjoy reading this book. I always like to see what someone else thinks of my favorite places and trails, so reading Gary Clark's impressions of Big Bend was interesting and about as close to being there as I can imagine.
I loved reading about the difference in hiking styles, Gary's former "beeline race to the finish" vs. his wife's leisurely, "butterfly hiking", meandering down the trail. I had my husband read that section twice just to make sure he got the message!
The mix of geology, nature, practical advice for safety, beautiful prose, humor and more made this a wonderful read and a very useful reference. I highly recommend this book for planning your trip and it is just the right size to tuck in your suitcase and carry with you throughout the park.
The photos go from breathtakingly beautiful vistas to darn cute little critters that I hope to get a glimpse of on my next visit. And reading this book makes me want to plan that next visit right now.
My second "dislike" is with the organization of the book. Here are the chapter titles:
*Two Hour Adventures
*Half Day Adventures
*A Full day Adventure
*Adventures with families and small children
*Adventures for the physically fit
*Adventures at an easy pace
*Adventures for people with limited mobility
*Adventures in a vehicle
*Adventures for nature lovers
So, if you are a physically fit nature lover looking for an all day hike, you've got to sort through at least 3 chapters to find what you're looking for. There are "driving adventures" included in most of the chapters, not just the vehicle chapter.
The photography is nice and it does give you a good idea of the hiking and driving options available in the park, I just wish it were laid out in a more logical fashion and maybe the author can include river trips in a future edition or change the name to "hiking and driving adventures for everyone"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful park. Nice to have tips and hints to make it easier to visit.Published 2 months ago by CarolB
Ordered this this in August won't get it until October it may be too late!! How can this be when it is in stock!!!Published on August 17, 2013 by alexandra Backlund
Bought it for my first trip to Big Bend. Has a lot of great informationt that will help me make the most of the few days I'll be there.Published on April 21, 2013 by T. Stone
This book reviews several options for adventures in Big Bend - something for everyone. There is also a lot of good information about what clothing, etc. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by May M. Carsten