Moon Baja by Nikki Goth Itoi From the stunningly clear water glistening in the sunlight photo that is pictured on the front cover this book quickly draws you into the wonders of Baja California. From multicultural Tijuana just south of the US border all the way down to Cabo San Lucas on Baja's southern tip, this is the go to guide for this region of Mexico. Helpful sections in the beginning of the book warrant a look including the best of … [Read more...]
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How to Rent Vacation Properties by Christine Hrib Karpinski This is a must have book for anyone who owns property, doesn't live there full time and wants to earn additional income. 26 chapters cover everything from insurance to advertising to furnishings, to maintenance to details as mundane as bed sheets! The author also covers financially prudent ways to own a vacation home - without retaining property managers. This is a very … [Read more...]
Maya Roads by Jo McConahay Author Mary Jo McConahay was first inspired to explore the rainforests in Central America during a vacation with her sister in Mexico City when she saw an exhibit about the Lacandon Maya Indians. After visiting the Lacandon Rainforest her life turned to journalistic activities for twenty years and it wasn't until the 1990's that her mind began to wander back to the rainforest. Her "ticket" back was through an … [Read more...]
This is a collection of short seven stories set in contemporary Thailand. Family relationships and dynamics are integral to each story. Although the stories take place in Thailand they incorporate themes that are International in nature. The stories take place in Bangkok and also in rural Thailand. … [Read more...]
Europe from a Backpack by Mark Pearson First person told stories of travel in Europe. Includes specific recommendations, tips and tricks. Some are quite humorous! Geared for the budget travelers. These are true stories told by fellow travelers who have been to many places in Europe. Each section of the book is separated into stories from specific countries. … [Read more...]
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakaeur Describes the events of the Everest Tragedy in 1996. This is a high altitude struggle for survival that involves mortality as well as one man's amazing survival for a night unsheltered above 27,000 feet after he was left for dead. This is a gripping exciting read that makes it hard to put the book down. If you are a fast read you will be absorbed in the events that happened in 1996 and before you know it, … [Read more...]
"Seeing is Believing" by Ripley's Believe It or Not , is not your typical picture and caption book. The cover features a hologram type image of a very real human eyeball. Turning the pages, quickly leads one through a maze of the world's wackiest, weirdest and wildest stories and events. Read about the child raised by dogs, the worlds smallest muscle man, how a man's site was restored 60 years after he lost his vision in WWII and hundreds of … [Read more...]
The Places in Between by Rory Stewart An amazing modern day tale of one man's journey walking across Afghanistan in the middle of the winter, mostly with just his dog. Takes place right after the "fall" of the Taliban and is a unique insight into the Afghan culture. Throw in freezing temperatures, heavy snow, and some hostile villagers and you have an epic tale. Rory stayed with local villagers during this entire hike - his "guides" … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]