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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
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North Carolina Adventure Weekends
Matt Schneider & Jessie Johnson


North Carolina Adventure Weekends takes readers to the best destinations in North Carolina for 48 hours of maximum adventure. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced adventurer, North Carolina offers a variety of outdoor pursuits to enjoy—from camping in Pisgah National Forest to canoeing down the Nantahala River and hiking in the Croatan National Forest. There’s no need to spend hours researching the best destinations or go on long, expensive trips. North Carolina Adventure Weekends by Matt Schneider and Jessie Johnson is for hikers who love to climb, paddlers who love to pedal, and anyone else whose idea of unwinding is an action-packed weekend in the great outdoors. With 12 exciting trips to choose from, you’ll know where to stay and which adventures are truly weekend-worthy.
Each chapter in this full color guide highlights a focused geographic area and includes detailed directions, so readers can spend more time playing and less time driving from place to place. Adventurers will also learn where to stock up on supplies, what to do on a rainy day, and where to go to rehash the weekend’s adventures over an epic-worthy meal and a beer.
Inside You’ll Find
  • Trip descriptions to the 12 best destinations for weekend adventure
  • Hiking, cycling, climbing, and paddling opportunities rated for difficulty
  • Lodging options, restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops
  • Ideal outings for individuals, couples, families, and groups

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  • Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees
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    Pacific Coast Tree Finder: A Pocket Manual for Identifying Pacific Coast Trees



    The classic key to identifying native trees of the Pacific Coast, updated to reflect changes in the names of trees since publication of the first edition. Identifies native trees, and some widely introduced or naturalized species, of the Pacific Coast region, from British Columbia to Baja California. In this edition, Latin names of trees that grow in California conform to the University of California's 1993 Jepson Manual, and more recent name changes. From the Finders series of pocket guides to native plants and animals of the U.S. and Canada; like all plant guides in the series, this book uses a dichotomous key format for accurate identification.

    Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.



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    Pacific Intertidal Life
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    Pacific Intertidal Life



    This pocket-sized field guide identifies plants and animals that live in the intertidal zone of the Pacific coast, from Alaska to Baja California, in tide pools, caves, and crevices. Explains intertidal ecology and how these fascinating and varied creatures survive in the ever-changing environment between the limits of high and low tide.

    Part of the Nature Study Guides (NSG) series.

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    Paddling Long Island and New York City
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    Paddling Long Island and New York City
    Kevin Stiegelmaier


    The Best Sea Kayaking from Montauk to Manhasset Bay to Manhattan

    Paddling Long Island is the only book on the market to depict routes and destinations across the whole of Long Island and the New York City area. And it showcases 50 of the very best. It is a diverse selection, too. After all, according to skill level, weather, personal mood, and other factors, a paddler may want open, fast water one day, but a quiet, protected experience at another time, and something in-between later on. It’s all here, from New York City to the far eastern tip of Long Island’s Montauk Point. 

    What’s more, the book’s guidance and language are geared to wide-ranging skill levels: the novice will be enlightened and encouraged, and the seasoned kayaker or canoeist will be engaged and engrossed. That is because the author’s intimate, lifelong knowledge of the area’s waterways shines in his descriptions of natural and social histories, humorous stories, personal anecdotes, and beautiful black-and-white photographs. 

    For example, among the 50 entries, the author tells of Cold Spring Harbor, nestled between Oyster Bay and Huntington, and steeped in maritime history. He gives some back story on Little Neck Bay, home to littleneck clams but also where he says you will likely see a fin flip or a tail splash as the striped bass catch their prey. And he will take you to Setauket Harbor and tell you why it’s his personal paddling favorite. 

    But not all waxes euphoric, as there are practical considerations when striking out on water, and this guidebook is a good friend to have along. It describes the best times to paddle the 50 harbor, inlet, bay, and river routes; alerts readers to each paddle’s difficulty level and estimated length; and suggests side trips, optional trip extensions, and alternate routes to paddle depending on weather conditions. Easy-to-follow maps, complete with GPS coordinates and driving directions, add to this book’s high value.

    In addition, the author provides contact information on local paddling clubs, outfitters, and Internet links. And a final extensive section on personal safety, boat and equipment preparedness, and related topics makes this book an invaluable tool.



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    Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway
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    Paddling the Everglades Wilderness Waterway
    Holly Genzen and Anne McCrary Sullivan


    The Everglades Wilderness Waterway winds an enthralling path through rivers, bays, and streams on the southwestern edge of Everglades National Park. Rich with wildlife and scenic beauty, it also poses many challenges for paddlers. Canoeists and kayakers must deal with wind, waves, limited campsites (in the form of “chickee” platforms over the water and historic groundsites), and no fresh water.

    As veterans of this complex passage, authors Holly Genzen and Anne Sullivan turn those limitations into glorious, safe adventure. Some out-and-back paddles lead to the rivers and bays of the Everglades National Park’s interior; others wind to Gulf Coast sites; still others loop around islands, mangrove forests, or other natural phenomena. The authors provide marker-by-marker route descriptions (both north to south and south to north), and comprehensive information on safety, supplies, campsites, and navigation. They also chronicle the waterway’s wildlife, social history, and origin of place names encountered along the way.

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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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    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: 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: 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: 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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