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Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area Paperback – May 25, 2004
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When I buy I travel guides, the first thing I look for is outdoor recreation, particularly hiking. Lage's book provides an excellent selection of hikes on the Park's 140 miles of trail. She gives detailed route descriptions for 32 trails within the Park boundaries and additional backpacking options. Large topographical maps accompany the text. But what makes this guidebook so much more impressive than similar volumes from Wilderness Press is the attention that Lage devotes to other wonderful experiences at Point Reyes. Epicureans will enjoy the listings of ranches and farmer's markets where tourists can sample homemade cheeses, butter, and organic produce as well as local oysters from Tomales Bay. Those interested in watersports will find the list of kayak rental companies and the fishing information invaluable. Wildlife observers will appreciate Lage's descriptions of where (and when) to view the Tule Elk, the Coho Salmon and Steelhead runs, and whale watching. Lage also discusses the best seasons for wildflower walks and bird watching.
In addition to recreation, Lage devotes two chapters to human and natural history. In these chapters we learn that the peninsula was at one time part of Monterey Bay, but it has moved northward with the San Andreas fault.Read more ›
On the downside, description of hiking and other outdoors activity is the only topic in the book, and there's no mention of places to stay, the little towns in the area, restaurants, et c. While obviously that info goes out of date faster than description of hiking trails, it would still be nice to have at least a brief mention of the towns and a list of restaurants and lodgings.
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Lots of information, lack of graphics and uninspiring B&W photos. It really could have been so much better, but there is nothing else.Published 21 months ago by Honest-Abe
An excellent guide especially for first time visits. Very helpful. Only improvement would be a bit more info on accommodations and dining options.Published on March 25, 2014 by James McChesney