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Redwood National & State Parks: Tales, Trails, & Auto Tours Paperback – April, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Mountainhome Books; Assumed First Edition edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964026104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964026100
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry and Gisela Rohde are the authors of three guidebooks to national and state parks. Gisela, a self-trained naturalist, provides detailed information about local plants and wildlife. Jerry, the former president of the Humboldt County Historical Society, uncovers each area's rich and captivating human history. Together they explore the parks and their surroundings by car, by bicycle, and on foot as they research each book. Larry Eifert has provided many outstanding murals, posters, and other artwork for numerous parks and wildlife refuges.

More About the Author

Jerry Rohde has been writing guidebooks to the Northwest for the last 20 years. He'd like to keep at it for at least another 20. Rohde coauthors many of his books with his wife, Gisela. She specializes in the natural history and he focuses on the human history. When doing trail guides, Gisela wears the pedometer and Jerry carries the notebook, which is small. That's OK, because Jerry writes small, too.

The Rohdes love hiking, researching, and helping readers gain a sense of place. "We feel it's our job to be Place Rangers," says Jerry. "We don't care if we make much money at it, but we do care that we inform, entertain, and inspire readers. We love it when someone tells us that they've used one of our books to get out of the house and explore nature. We wouldn't trade jobs with anyone."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
Part natural history, part local history, and chock full of fascinating details about Redwood National and State Parks, this is the guidebook to get for the Northern California Coast. I purchased it primarily as a hiking guide for the all too brief period I first spent in the Park, but have enjoyed reading it ever since.
The book covers Native American peoples of the region, the history of conservation efforts to save the Redwoods, and provides detailed descriptions for those who want an "auto tour" through the park. But the most enjoyable aspects of the book for me were the many sidebars within the text and their selection of hiking trails. The sidebars deal mostly with local history, and are written with a healthy dose of humor. Indeed, such titles as "The State of Jefferson: Not just a jest" and "Big Diamond: The Prehistoric Pachyderm of Prarie Creek" are so enjoyable that they deserve a separate book in their own right. The selection of hikes the Rohde's offer is also excellent. These parks offer lots of hiking opportunities, but they have picked the best of bunch, a real help to visitors with a strict time budget.
Why is it that all the truly wonderful books are 'Out of Stock' or, worse yet, 'Out of Print?' This book deserves better. Buy it if you get the chance. It's an excellent investment in any vacation on the Northern California coast.
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