Moon Northern California Wine Country by Philip Goldsmith covers the major Northern California wine regions from Santa Cruz to Livermore up through Napa and Sonoma to Mendocino County in the north. Many wine guides either do to little or try to cover to much; this book strikes a nice balance between some of the off the beaten path wineries as well as those with more of a public presence. In addition the descriptions of the wineries are more … [Read more...]
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Between a Rock & a Hard Place by Aron Ralston Aron has always loved the outdoors and climbing mountains. This is the incredible story of one man being in the wrong place at the wrong time and his ensuing entrapment in a remote canyon in Utah. He eventually arrives at the final decision he has to make in order to "free" himself. This is a gripping story that develops as the trapped man comes to terms with his situation and his ultimate … [Read more...]
Lonely Planet Seattle by Lonely Planet Part of Lonely Planet's "City Guides", this 376 page guide to Seattle is highly detailed and includes a very nice pull out map, calendar, neighborhood spotlights, a highlights section and much more. This guide brings you insights from locals as well as travelers and is a must visit for anyone planning a trip to the "hub" of the Pacific Northwest. Also good information for attractions outside of the … [Read more...]
Moon Take a Hike Washington DC by Theresa Dowell Perhaps you don't normally associate Washington DC with hiking but the DC area offers some killer hiking opportunities ranging from historic grounds to mountains to beaches and waterfalls. This latest Moon Handbook spotlights 80 hikes in Washington DC and eastern Maryland (all of them completed by the author). This book highlights some of DC's top trails by category. Examples include best bird … [Read more...]
Moon Take a Hike Portland by Barbara I. Bond This latest Moon Handbook spotlights Portland as an "outdoor" city - with over 37,000 square feet of open space. What better way to explore all this than by hiking. This book highlights some of Portland's top trails by category. Examples include best bird watching, best "butt kickers", hikes with children, "peak baggers" , waterfalls, wildflowers and best views. The trails are organized by … [Read more...]
Dark Summit by Nick Heil Ten years after the infamous events of 1996, another climbing season on earth's tallest mountain produces controversy. If you enjoyed Into Thin Air (see below), you will surely be gripped by the clutches of this book. It is a fast paced read in which you are quickly immersed in the world of extreme altitude mountaineering and the fine line decisions that climbers & guides have to make on the spur of the moment. A … [Read more...]
Spain from a Backpack by Mark Pearson First person told short stories of travel in Spain - stories by backpackers for backpackers. Includes specific recommendations, tips and tricks. Geared for the budget travelers. Each section of the book is broken down into specific locations within Spain. This is a must read for budget travelers planning a trip to Spain! … [Read more...]
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl An incredible journey of over 4000 nautical miles by Thor & friends on a hand built balsa raft. They left from Callao, Peru and arrived in the South Pacific. On this journey, Thor explores the social dynamics of the group on the small raft, provides insights into the long days and long nights with just the ocean as your home. This story also makes the argument that this journey was possible thousands of years … [Read more...]
The Action Hero's Handbook by David & Joe Borgenich This ultimate action hero book, provides all the info you will ever need to rise above the masses and become a true action hero. Lists many different scary scenarios and pitfalls and provides the necessary avoidance and escape instructions. Chapters are organized by the following: good guy skills, love skills, paranormal skills, fighting skills, and escape skills. Excellent descriptive … [Read more...]
Going Dutch in Beijing by Mark McCrum An often entertaining tutorial on how to behave when abroad. Many examples of how one thing may be perfectly fine in your home country but will be considered offensive or rude in other countries. Each chapter covers specific topics such as what not to say, business trips, customs, clothing & much more! … [Read more...]