- Series: Explorer's Complete
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Countryman Press; 2 edition (May 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881509477
- ISBN-13: 978-0881509472
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Leonard M. Adkins has walked the length of the Appalachian Trail four times and has logged more than 16,000 miles in backcountry areas of North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. The author of numerous books on hiking and the outdoors, he has been awarded the National Outdoor Book Award and a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Adkins lives in Virginia.
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What I had thought I would be getting was something more like a travelogue, describing the collective glories of each location from different angles, which would have been more fun and more useful for deciding where to go to check things out. It would also have allowed the author to put more attention on things that would really attract someone to a location, rather than having to put everything into 1-paragraph modules.
All the basic information seems to be there, if you look hard enough, but it could have been much more.
My husband laughed and was quite skeptical when the book arrived in the mail; however, he later apologized for his skepticism after visiting the Exhibition Coal Mine, which Mr. Adkins wrote was a must-see-if-you-can attraction. The mine was absolutely amazing and my daughter still talks about how she was in a coal mine and how it was completely dark in the mine when the tour guide turned off his flashlight (by the way, she is usually easily frightened, but the complete darkness did not scare her at all). The tour guide was a retired coal miner and made the tour of the mine an educational and fun experience.
My husband then asked to see the book for himself while we were having an excellent dinner at the author-recommended Pasquale's restaurant in Beckley. It was a wonderful restaurant and my entire family enjoyed their meal.
My husband is returning to Beckley later this year; however, the children and I will not be able to go with him. He recently stated that he will take the book with him for the restaurant recommendations.
I wish to thank Mr. Adkins for helping make our family trip to West Virginia fun and memorable.
UPDATE: The book also has wonderful information for Oglebay Resort in Wheeling!
Of the few guidebooks that currently exist for West Virginia, this one is the most comprehensive and the most balanced. Though the author is clearly more comfortable in the geographic context, cultural and historic sites are well represented. Those familiar with Explorer's Guides will be immediately comfortable with the format. The book is arranged into chapters by geographic region, further divided into subject (attractions, festivals, lodging, dining, shopping) within each chapter.
The details written into each of the listings gives the reader confidence that the author has actually visited them, and this is one of the distinguishing features of the book. Listings are up-to-date and well chosen.
This book, as with other Explorer's Guides, is more of a pragmatic guide than an historic armchair tour. It's meant to be used. That said, it's still possible to visualize your experience without leaving your home, so it's a good book for trip planning. The relatively few photographs are all black & white. Maps are simple and regional.
and places to tour that would not be on the normal vacation books. I have taken several of these day trips and loved them all.