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Evan L. Balkan

Evan L. Balkan
Lutherville, MD

Evan Balkan teaches writing at the Community College of Baltimore County. His fiction and nonfiction, mostly in the areas of travel and outdoor recreation, have been published throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, England, and Australia. A graduate of Towson, George Mason, and Johns Hopkins universities, he is also the author of The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, Shipwrecked! Deadly Adventures and Disasters at Sea, and Vanished! Explorers Forever Lost (all published by Menasha Ridge Press). He lives in Lutherville, Maryland, with his wife, Shelly, and daughters, Amelia and Molly.

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Baltimore 2ed, Including Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Baltimore 2ed, Including Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties
Evan L. Balkan


    Within an hour's drive of Maryland's largest city, an abundance of natural and scenic places remain. From hikes within the city, including multi-mile greenway trails running through one of the largest unbroken urban forests in the United States, to the solitude of rural Carroll and northwest Baltimore Counties, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Baltimore is a guide to great hikes in the area.

    Not only are the trails of the major state parks and reservoirs covered, but readers will also find hidden treasures throughout the city and six surrounding counties, from vigorous day hikes to pleasant ambles. Hike along beaches, rivers, rolling farmland, waterfalls, mixed forests, the Chesapeake Bay -- even a prairie. Areas rich in history and wildlife await the Baltimore area hiker. This book tells readers how to get there and what to see once they are there.

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Shipwrecked!
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Shipwrecked!
Evan L. Balkan


    If clinging to a sinking makeshift raft while fighting off sword wielding and delirious mutineers desperate to wrench the last cask of water from your sun-scorched hands and arms—as sharks circle in anticipation—is your armchair cup of tea, then Shipwrecked: Deadly Adventures and Disasters at Sea is your next read. An extraordinary collection of human suffering at the hands of cruel oceans, cruel captains, and cruel fate, this latest collection of impeccably researched true adventure by Evan Balkan details the astonishing facts of 14 extraordinary maritime disasters spanning the 17th through 20th centuries. Laced with detail, Balkan's seaworthy narratives redefine the limits of desperation, courage, and the human will to survive in the face of death, or worse.

    Included are such legendary stories as the 1629 maiden voyage of the Batavia that ended in mutiny and murder, and the dramatic destruction of the majestic three-masted barquentine Endurance in ice-clogged Antarctic waters in 1912. A vast spectrum of human emotion and activity is featured in these exciting profiles, from deadly incompetence and brutish cannibalism to surprising self-sacrifice and quiet heroism.


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The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, 2nd edition
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The Best in Tent Camping: Maryland, 2nd edition
Evan L. Balkan


Your Car-Camping Guide to Scenic Beauty, the Sounds of Nature, and an Escape from Civilization

Called “America in Miniature” by National Geographic editor Gilbert Grosvenor, Maryland packs an extraordinary amount of natural diversity into a relatively small area. With the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Allegheny Mountains in the west, and the country’s largest estuary—the Chesapeake Bay—splitting the state down the middle, any outdoors enthusiast finds a happy home in Maryland.

It’s not at all surprising, then, that this natural legacy and diversity extends to the campgrounds: Federal parks, state parks, and forests; US Army Corps of Engineers’ recreation areas; county parks; and private campgrounds make up a patchwork of exciting prospects for every level of camping enthusiast.

Splitting the state into three distinct geographical regions—Western Maryland, Central Maryland, and Southern Maryland/Eastern Shore—Best Tent Camping: Maryland, by local outdoorsman and writer Evan Balkan, will guide campers to 50 of the best campgrounds the state has to offer. Within these 50 profiles are campgrounds with every imaginable facility, as well as primitive campsites far from population centers and everything in between. For car camping in Maryland, this is an indispensable guide.


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Vanished!
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Vanished!
Evan L. Balkan


The best adventures come full circle, depositing intrepid explorers back into their cozy armchairs to dream of the next challenge. But often that armchair may be the last lingering thought as a last breath is taken, as an adventure conjured in comfort spins off into a mystery forever unsolved.

    Vanished! Explorers Forever Lost
dives deep into the true and harrowing accounts of adventurers who never came home. From the disappearance in Utah of cowboy roamer Everett Ruess to the loss of billionaire explorer Michael Rockefeller in the wilds of New Guinea, the tales of those forfeited to the call of wild adventure ring with mystery, intrigue, and excitement to this day. Murdered, drowned, or eaten alive these are mysteries of disappearance likely to remain unsolved but never forgotten. This book details them all. So grab a copy and curl up in your comfy armchair with your favorite brew and delve into these intriguing mysteries.

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Vanished! (with product bundle)
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Vanished! (with product bundle)
Evan L. Balkan


*This is a special bundled digital edition of this book. Buy the book at full price and get instant access to a downloadable pdf version. So it's two copies for the price of one!*

    The best adventures come full circle, depositing intrepid explorers back into their cozy armchairs to dream of the next challenge. But often that armchair may be the last lingering thought as a last breath is taken, as an adventure conjured in comfort spins off into a mystery forever unsolved.

    Vanished! Explorers Forever Lost
dives deep into the true and harrowing accounts of adventurers who never came home. From the disappearance in Utah of cowboy roamer Everett Ruess to the loss of billionaire explorer Michael Rockefeller in the wilds of New Guinea, the tales of those forfeited to the call of wild adventure ring with mystery, intrigue, and excitement to this day. Murdered, drowned, or eaten alive these are mysteries of disappearance likely to remain unsolved but never forgotten. This book details them all. So grab a copy and curl up in your comfy armchair with your favorite brew and delve into these intriguing mysteries.

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