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Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park Paperback – April 1, 2009
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That love has translated into this guidebook.
I purchased the book in anticipation of a trip to Yellowstone, and on our recent trip to the west, my friends and I quickly discovered this book was illuminating, enlightening, and above all, essential to our travels.
My friend's daughter needed a bathroom, and quickly? Janet's system of describing everything along the roads of the park, down to mileposts, allowed me to easily tell them exactly where we were, and exactly how far it was to the nearest toilet. What's the name of that mountain? A quick look at the mileposts, drawing and maps almost always told us the answer.
In addition to the comprehensive and painstaking detail on the sights at each mile of the road, Janet provides opinions on the best things to see, cross references things by subjects, and provides a lot of the background on the park in asides in the book.
I found myself, as we were traveling along, reading aloud on subjects that Janet mentions. Where did the Firehole River get its name? Just who was Norris that Norris Geyser Basin is named for? Which of the sights in Mammoth are worth stopping to take a look at?
I had purchased an additional guide to Yellowstone, but everything my traveling companions and I could want to know or need to know about the area within Yellowstone was within the nearly 400 pages of this book. The next time my friends and I go back to the park, we certainly will be making use of Ms. Chapple's work.
If you are planning to visit Yellowstone National Park, I strongly advise you to get a copy of this book beforehand yourself and keep it on hand as you traverse the park. You will be extremely glad that you did.
This is the way to write a travel book on a National Park.
I also bought the Kindle version, which is handy when planning a trip. I would recommend that you have the paperback when you're actually touring Yellowstone. I'm planning my second visit to Yellowstone now and I've been using both versions at home.
If I could I would probably give the book 4.5 stars. It is almost perfect.
You get plenty of maps to follow. You get short, easy-to-read summaries about every known feature in the park. You get all the statistics you could possibly need. There is educational content teaching about the ecosystems in the park. Listings of potential plants and wildlife you might encounter are here. Park history is found throughout the book as well.
Honestly, what more could one ask for? This is your guide to Yellowstone National Park!