- Series: Best Tent Camping
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 1st edition (June 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0897325699
- ISBN-13: 978-0897325691
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,824,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best in Tent Camping: Washington: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos (Best Tent Camping) Paperback – June, 2005
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Each campground profile includes:
Detailed campground maps
Key information such as fees, restrictions, and dates of operation
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Ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security, and cleanliness
The Best in Tent Camping: Washington is a guidebook for tent campers who like quiet, scenic, and serene campsites.
Whether you are a native Washingtonian in search of new territory or a vacationer on the lookout for that dream campground, this book unlocks the secrets to the best tent camping that Washington has to offer.
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Top Customer Reviews
While this book appears to have been published in 2009, it contains out of date information. For example, the author's entry for WA State Park at Deception Pass / Bowman Bay is simply false. She writes that there are 16 tent sites numbered 236-251. A brief phone call with a park ranger on site confirms that these site numbers no longer exist, and more importantly, they've all been renovated ("some years ago") to accommodate, um, RVs (they now have large parking pads, hook ups, etc). Mind you, this is a book intended for TENT campers; it's supposed to be a book for people who "....hate RVs, concrete slabs..." (as written on the cover of the book).
If I had relied on this book, I would expect one thing only to find that the reality is something quite different. This makes this book a very questionable resource.
What's mind boggling is that the author (and the editor) clearly have not taken the time to verify the accuracy of the information that they've published. I learned the true status of the Deception Pass / Bowman Bay facility using the internet and a telephone; at the very least, the author should have done the same.
On the up side, the page layout is fairly clear, the descriptions are descent (though sometimes superfluous), the maps are OK.
Bottom line: if you choose to use this book, I suggest you VERIFY everything before you travel.
-Good coverage of the entire state: While for me personally this is a con, because I rarely camp more than 2 hours away from my home city... I think they do a good job of covering the entire state.
-Nice "Key Information:" This section covers some main bullet points that we're all looking for: dogs? alcohol? reserve ahead? fees? main facilities? It's all right here in this easy to read section.
-Clear Follow Up Info: This is one of the few books I've read that has extensive additional contact information for every site. It has web pages, phone numbers, and any other contact/follow up information available.
-Seems like a hiking book: While the book has many great information bullet points, the bulk of the paragraph text written by the authors reads as if they wanted to write a hiking book but could only get funding for a camping book. I appreciate the focus on "things to do" within each park, but I'd rather focus on the actual sites and facilities.
-Missing recommendations for camp site: They (thus far in my reading) do not recommend specific camp sites within the facility. With a book that is zoomed in on only 50 sites in the state, I was looking for specific recommendations. I would love to have seen something like: "try to get campsite #9 for the best view of the creek."
-Ratings way off: From the sites that are reviewed in this book, I see large discrepancies within their ratings and my personal experiences. For example: Silver Falls State Park received a 3 out of 5 stars on Privacy, Spaciousness, and Quiet. I strongly disagree. This park is one of the most popular, crowded campsites I have ever been in. It remains to be seen how the rest of the recommendations will pan out.
-Index: This index lists the page number of each review as the last page in the review. I found this odd. The review may start on page 88, but the index lists it on page 90 (the last page of the review). Strange.
-Spelling/Grammar: I am no perfectionist by any means, but found it strange that a published book would not have used spell check. There are extra letters in words, and other small errors in spelling and grammar.