The ultimate "Go fishing now!" guide to angling in central Texas. Discover 40 routes on 13 streams, all within an hour of downtown Austin. The Local Angler: Fly Fishing Austin and Central Texas will be released by Imbrifex Books in May 2020. A party to celebrate its publication will be held at the Mesquite Creek Outfitters in Georgetown, Texas on May 7th. Drinks and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. The party kicks off at 6:30 pm at 704 South Austin Avenue. Read more...
When wildfire destroyed her home in the hills above Los Angeles, award-winning author, Megan Edwards seized the opportunity that her sudden "stufflessness" offered. She hit the road with he husband and dog in the Phoenix One, the four-wheel-drive motorhome that "rose from the ahes." This is the story of how a sabbatical that began with no intinerary and no return date grew into a five-year North American odyssey with a mission" "to be at work, at home, and on the road, all at the same grand moment."
"In Roads from the Ashes, Megan Edwards and her husband Mark face this decision after their house in the hills of Pasadena, California, burns down in the Altadena wildfires of 1993. Finding themselves without a single thing to anchor them, they decide—reasonably enough—to wander. They scrape together the money to buy a four-wheel-drive behemoth of a home on wheels, and together with their dog Marvin they set out to reinvent themselves and their definition of home. Edwards also explores matters of identity—trying on new labels like homeless, unemployed, finding that they don’t fit, and that the old labels don’t either. There is also the inevitability of tension, bickering, of outright civil warfare in such close quarters, as well as the ability of a well-placed geothermal hot spring to heal heart, soul and marriage."--Tiffany Pace, (Mind Bets) (06/01/2019)
"This is an excellent memoir, originally published twenty years ago but well worth the re-run. By the end you will find yourself appreciating the introduction of life as the Edwards lived it for the seven years they traveled. An excellent picture of California life in the 1990's, the personal pain of losing all you possess in a single day, and the joys and angsts of following your heart down back country roads in a four wheel drive motorhome." --Bonnie Reed Fry,
"This is a book to stir dreams of distant places, a remarkable journey down unknown roads of travel and self-exploration. Edwards relates the stories of their Amrican adventures and misadventures in the compelling style of a novelist, with humor, drama and brilliant imagery. A journey worth taking." --Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times (from a review of the 1999 edition)Read more...
Base Camp Denver shows hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer. Denver is known the world over as the gateway to Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains. Four national forests, a national grassland, scores of regional and city parks and preserves, and Rocky Mountain National Park offer hundreds of hiking and walking trails—all within one to three hours of downtown Denver. The ultimate resource for day hikes in Colorado’s Front Range, Base Camp Denver provides hikers with everything they need to enjoy 101 great rambles.
"Just follow any of the 101 glorious treks described in BASE CAMP DENVER for an equal taste of heaven — from a walk for an hour or a day through mountain wildflowers, by waterfalls, in forests aglow with golden Aspen leaves — then be home by supper in my fave city in the world. Ecstasy! 5/5,"—Literary Soiree, goodreads.com (06/07/19)
"The author, Pete KJ, breaks down each hike, giving you details on every trail, including its difficulty, how kid-friendly it is and — crucial for this time of year — which season the trail is best for."—Jeff Clark, internetbrothers.org (04/05/19)
"Each hike features full color images, all of the topographic information that you need. Making it incredibly easy to pick out a hike for any occasion."—Molly Callister, ExploringThroughLife.com (04/08/19)Read more...
This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip, each one side trip beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day.
"The book itself is absolutely beautiful. Stunning photographs are featured on every page. The photos, combined with detailed maps and highlights about each stop along the route, one could easily content themselves with being an armchair traveler." — Sheri Hoyte, Readerviews.com
"Rick Quinn jumps off the interstate to guide travelers on 25 brilliantly conceived road trips. Stunning images of southwestern landscapes and landmarks nicely mix with his insights about historic attractions and roadside treasures along the way." -- Doug Kirby, RoadsideAmerica.com
"Colorfully illustrated, this guide book by well-seasoned traveler Rick Quinn covers Arizona and New Mexico quite well. Enough detail is given about locations and drives to pique the interest and yet not spoil the surprise. As a bonus, the maps are concise but detailed enough to get you to the destination... Overall, I would highly recommend this book by Rick Quinn."--Jim Hinckley, author of Route 66: America's Longest Small Town
"Iconic only-in-America tourist destinations come alive in Rick Quinn’s guide to famed Arizona and New Mexico road trips. From Burma-Shave roadside signs, vortex sites, tree trunk sculptures, and the world’s smallest museum, to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home, artist Georgia O’Keefe’s studio, and Biosphere 2, you’ll be amazed at the seductive pull these diverse, sometimes quirky attractions will have on your western itinerary."--Jeff Blumenfeld, editor, ExpeditionNews.com
“What makes this wonderfully accessible book invaluable to the time-pressed driver is that the author has broken things down into bite-sized detours from the region’s four Interstate Highways. For those who may be passing through Arizona or New Mexico on the way someplace else, it’s an inspirational guide to transforming what would otherwise be a simple A-to-B journey into something special – a road trip that takes you into the heart of the Desert Southwest.”–Peter Thody, RoadTripAmerica.comRead more...
Hikers can enjoy solitude and unspoiled wilderness by day and world-class urban amenities by night. Situated in the heart of the magnificent Southwest, Las Vegas is surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes. Within easy reach are five national parks, including Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Dozens of state parks, regional preserves, recreation areas, and public lands offer amazing variety, from sand dunes and salt flats to alpine meadows, waterfalls, and ancient forests.
"Chapters are ordered according to distance from The Strip. A profusion of color photos fills the book. Each chapter provides an area overview and map, while each hike gets its own description along with direction to the trailhead, degree of difficulty, elevation (and gain), best time of year to go, and other relevant information." -- Al Bonowitz, Westways AAA Magazine
"Diving into the book, it provided a broad cross-section of terrain and difficulty, providing something for everyone. The book uses full-color printing throughout, and the photography is beautiful. There were a number of obscure trails and adventures that I had only heard of in passing, and that’s where Base Camp Las Vegas excels, in whetting your appetite for exploring places you may have heard of but have never been."--Jeff Hester, SoCalHikerRead more...