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". . . a handy guide for first-time and repeat visitors to Big Bend National Park."--Liz Carmack, author of Historic Hotels of Texas: A Traveler's Guide
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"Through their thoughtful text and eye-catching photographs, Gary and Kathy Clark transport readers to one of our nation's last frontiers, Big Bend State Park. . . . "  --John and Gloria Tveten, authors of  Our Life with Birds, Adventures Afar, and Nature at Your Doorstep, published by Texas A&M University Press
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About the Author

GARY CLARK, an active Texas birder, is dean of business, social, and behavioral sciences at Lone Star College in Houston. The author of Texas Wildlife Portfolio and Texas Gulf Coast Impressions, he writes a weekly nature column in the Houston Chronicle. His articles on birds, nature, and travel have appeared in many magazines, including AAA Journeys, Birder's World, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, and Texas Highways.

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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Product Details

  • Series: W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History (Paperback) (Book 41)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; Travel Guides edition (March 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603441018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603441018
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative and a good way to prepare for your trip to Big Bend. Not a great guide for the off-road trails but does a good job of other areas of the park.
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Good Title - Very Enjoyable Read

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.
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The author wrote this to chronicle his experiences rather than to be a helpful guide in finding what you are looking for. The only thing more useless than the map is the index. For someone wanting to plan an itinerary for a Big Bend trip, this is not what you need. It does have some humor, but the funniest is the amateur photography. If you are looking for stunning vistas of the canyon or landscapes you wont find it in this short mess.
"I see a plant! I shoot it! I see a bug! I shoot it!
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I chose the book over others because I thought it would touch on all kinds of adventures in the park, not just hiking. I was really surprised (disappointed) that there was no mention of rafting at all. By all accounts, rafting or paddling the Rio Grande is a must-do while visiting Big Bend. Even the front cover is of Santa Elena Canyon, which is one of the most common areas for guided river trips!

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"
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I actually had this one sent to my sister since we were traveling together. She marked more stuff to do than we had time in our week there!!! We did have a little bit of a hard time translating the descriptions in the book to the park map and visa versa. A map of the park is a must because some of the starting points in the book seemed vague. All in all a great book that I will use again and again and again!!
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By Richard Blair on September 30, 2013
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Very detailed directions, cautions, time involved , equipment, what to look for- a dang good guide to keep for every trip plan to Big Bend
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Big Bend National Park is one of America's places of great natural beauty. "Enjoying Big Bend National Park: A Friendly Guide to Adventures for Everyone" is a guide for planning a trip to this national park for readers of all backgrounds, regardless of their age or health. Big Bend has many things to attract tourists, and author Gary Clark thoroughly describes the park's many features. "Enjoying Big Bend National Park" is a top pick for nature tourists.
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