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The Best in Tent Camping: New Jersey, 2nd edition
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Matt Willen


The essential guide to camping in the Garden State. From the northern reaches of Stokes State Forest to the Atlantic coastal islands, camping in New Jersey has never been better. Best Tent Camping: New Jersey by Matt Willen and Marie Javins will guide you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best managed campgrounds in the Garden State.

Unlike other guides that merely list all campgrounds, Best Tent Camping: New Jersey is full color and profiles in detail only the 50 best sites in the state for campers who seek the serene and secluded.

You’ll find essential information about each campground (including season, facilities, rates, directions, GPS coordinates, and websites), as well as a description of the campground; the best sites within the campground; and nearby activities such as hiking, canoeing, fishing, and mountain biking.



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The Best in Tent Camping: Illinois, 2nd edition
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John Schirle


Perfect Camping for You in Illinois!

The Prairie State provides a spectacular backdrop for some of the most scenic campgrounds in the country. But do you know which campgrounds offer the most privacy? Which are the best for first-time campers? John Schirle has traversed the entire state and compiled the most up-to-date research to steer you to the perfect spot! The full-color, updated, user-friendly format lets you easily find 50 of the best campgrounds to fit your travel plans and meet your personal interests—with author selections based on location, topography, size, and overall appeal.

Detailed maps of each campground and key information such as fees, restrictions, dates of operation, and facilities help to narrow down your choices, and ratings for beauty, privacy, spaciousness, safety and security, and cleanliness ensure that you find your perfect car-camping adventure. So whether you seek a quiet campground near a fish-filled stream or a family campground with all the amenities, Best Tent Camping: Illinois is a keeper.



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Rowed Trip
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Rowed Trip
Colin and Julie Angus


    From the rugged highlands of Scotland, husband and wife team Julie and Colin Angus rowed more than 7,000 km to Aleppo, Syria in the heart of the Middle East. Their course followed ancient transportation corridors traditionally used for trade and migration. They experienced and learned about the rich cultural tapestry that makes up present-day Europe, while in a manner that promotes environmentally responsible travel.

     Julie and Colin’s journey, completed in September 2008, along the traditional aquatic trading routes without using motors proved to be an ideal way to meet the people and explore the varied landscapes as they paddled through thirteen distinct countries.

    Connecting Scotland and Syria with a human-powered voyage also had a personal significance for the couple. Colin’s mother and father both hail from northern Scotland and Julie’s father is from Syria. The journey allowed the couple to explore their family histories. In an age where globalization and cultural integration is the norm, the journey allowed the duo to reflect on their origins and unravel the events that led to their union in western Canada.

    Two amphibious rowboats were constructed for the journey. The vessels each carry a bicycle and trailer which allowed them to travel on roads and bicycle paths as well as water.

    Route of Journey: From Dunnet Head at the northern tip of Scotland, the couple paddled along the coasts and through canal systems to southern England. Here they crossed the English Channel and continued into central Europe via the Rhine River. They reached the headwaters of the Danube River through a canal system and followed through Eastern Europe to the Black Sea. From here the team entered the Mediterranean through Turkey and continued to Syria.

    See a gallery of images from the journey at rowedtrip.com

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Rocky Mountain Tree Finder
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Rocky Mountain Tree Finder



Learn to identify native trees by their leaves and needles in the Rocky Mountain region. Like other pocket guides from Nature Study Guild Publishers' Finder series, this book is organized as a dichotomous key. The key leads you step-by-step through a series of simple questions to arrive at the name of the tree.
Area covered extends across the mountain West, from the Canadian Rockies on the north to the mountains of New Mexico and Arizona on the south, and across the Rockies and Great Basin, from the Black Hills on the east, to the eastern slopes of the Cascades on the west.

New in the 2008 second edition: Scientific names updated. Range maps extended to include the Canadian Rockies. Metric measurements added.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.



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Rocky Mountain Flower Finder: A Guide to the Wildflowers Found Below Tree Line in the Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountain Flower Finder: A Guide to the Wildflowers Found Below Tree Line in the Rocky Mountains



Pocket field guide to wildflowers of the Rockies, from foothills to tree line. As with all our flower guides, the step-by-step key guides you first to the flower family and then to the name of the individual species. Includes information about habitat and range, and a glossary of terms used to describe flowers and leaves. Author's line drawings clearly reveal important features for accurate identification.

Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.


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Peaceful Places: San Francisco
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Peaceful Places: San Francisco
Raynell Boeck


Unlike other guides to one of America’s most beloved cities, Peaceful Places: San Francisco describes settings that will surprise and charm even longtime insiders. Packed with largely undiscovered sites, this insider’s book also reveals surprisingly quiet times or new ways to visit treasured local haunts.

More than 100 entries, in categories from garden niches to scenic perches, lead through the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco and beyond: across the Golden Gate to Marin County, over the Bay Bridge to East Bay communities, and “Down the Peninsula” as far as Palo Alto. Readers will find tranquility within an easy walk; or within a soothing bus, ferry, or train ride; or within a 45-minute drive from the heart of what locals proudly call “The City.” A back-of-book bonus section, “Beyond the San Francisco Bay Area” prescribes five sublime destinations for day-trips or overnight excursions.

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Peaceful Places: Portland
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Peaceful Places: Portland
Paul Gerald


100+ Tranquil Sites in and Around the Rose City

Everybody knows about Portland’s food scene, its outdoor recreation, its bike lanes, beer pubs, and coffee shops. Whether you call it Stumptown or Bridgetown—or even PDX—Portland has been mocked as the city “where young people go to retire.” But seemingly every weekend there’s a festival, organized bike ride, political march, or something else clamoring for participation. In short, Portland is a happening town.

But sometimes folks just want to chill out, to go where there isn’t much happening. They might want to enjoy a quiet meal, take a walk in a park, curl up with a good book, or get out of town to some soul-soothing destination. With books covering all the other activities in town, where’s the one that tells people where they can do …. well, not much?

As of Fall 2012, the answer is Peaceful Places: Portland, written by Paul Gerald, the man who gave this town60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland and Breakfast in Bridgetown. This time, Gerald is off in search of peace and quiet, and he invites the reader along to quiet tables, parks and gardens, enchanting walks, outdoor habitats, and other retreats.

Seeking out the places or times when the crowds will be elsewhere, Gerald will give you the essence of what each place is about—what makes it peaceful or inviting. But he does not stint on also giving you all the detailed info you need to find the place and get there at the crowd-free time.

Sometimes, this will be a matter of discovery, as in “Do I really stand a chance of seeing a heron in the Pearl District?” Other times it may feel like being let in on a secret, like a meadow full of camas blooming within earshot of Interstate 205. Or maybe it’s just the right time to hit just the right table for a romantic meal or some quality reading time.

But the theme that carries throughout the book is a simple one: Portland is a great city, but it’s still a city, and sometimes folks just need a break.



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Peaceful Places: Los Angeles
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Peaceful Places: Los Angeles
Laura Randall


The second in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Los Angeles leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Laura Randall shares the inspiring, restorative pockets she has come to love over a decade of exploring and living in a variety of neighborhoods across Greater Los Angeles.

    Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, neighborhood strolls, and beaches that make up Los Angeles communities from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains, from downtown to the ‘burbs. Readers will discover new destinations—on both land and water—and they will glean tips on when to visit grand and diminutive locales for a bit of quiet time.

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Peaceful Places: Chicago
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Peaceful Places: Chicago
Anne Ford


119 Tranquil Sites in the Windy City and Beyond

The fourth in a new series, each one set in a U.S. metropolis, Peaceful Places: Chicago leads the reader on an unexpected path. Author Anne Ford uncovers hidden pockets of relaxation throughout the windy city. Her unique guide reveals the surprising gardens, vistas, sanctuaries, café respites, and neighborhood strolls that make up Chicago communities from downtown to the ‘burbs. Readers will discover new destinations, and they will find tips on when to visit grand and diminutive locales for a bit of quiet time.


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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
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Peaceful Places: Boston - 121 Tranquil Sites in the City and Beyond
Lynn Schweikart


Peaceful Places: Boston leads the reader on an unexpected path to secret delights shared by its insider author. This new title in an unusual guidebook series is for everyone who yearns for a little peace and quiet amidst the urban hubbub. The book entices readers with 121 tranquil oases, in Boston and beyond. There are enchanting walks, historic sites, museums and galleries, outdoor habitats, parks and gardens, quiet tables, spiritual enclaves, inspiring vistas, and urban surprises, all described from the perspective of a local who knows where to find serenity, in both familiar and unexpected places.

And don't think this is all about gardens and churches! The book focuses on 12 diverse categories: Day Trips & Overnights, Enchanting Walks, Historic Sites, Museums & Galleries, Outdoor Habitats, Parks & Gardens, Quiet Tables, Reading Rooms, Scenic Vistas, Shops & Services, Spiritual Enclaves, and Urban Surprises. Some are little known – even to those who live in the area. Others are familiar, even beloved, spots where you can spend some peaceful, rewarding moments if you know how to avoid the crowds.

On one hand, the book is written primarily for locals who may not be aware of all the myriad places to indulge in a little R&R right in their own backyards. But frequent visitors who’ve already taken in the major attractions, and tourists who want a break from sightseeing also will appreciate the opportunity to have more “off-the-beaten path” experiences.

The writing style for each entry is personal as well as informational, as though you’re having a conversation with a friendly insider. You’ll also find a peacefulness rating of one to three stars, a map that locates the spot within a given neighborhood and, for most sites, photos that convey the special nature of the place being described. The author also provides the basics for each site: address, hours, cost (if any), and access by public transportation.

The book's distinctly local flavor emerges from the author's personal experience. She has spent almost 40 years wandering the city’s varied neighborhoods and exploring interesting places in surrounding locales, returning to favorite haunts and discovering new treasures.

Because Boston is such a popular tourist destination, there are many books on the city and surrounding area, so one’s first reaction might be “who needs another guide to Boston? But, in truth, most focus on the city’s justifiably popular attractions and history, rather than places to seek serenity and tranquility. It is that quality that makes Peaceful Places Boston so unique.

Peaceful Places: Boston
follows recent guides to New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. The book shares the insider author's favorite 120 tranquil venues in Boston and its greater metro area.

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