Friday, March 16, 2012

Did you know the library has books about…The Great Outdoors?

There is no place quite like Northern Virginia in the spring, and you really don’t have to look much further than your proverbial “own backyard” for opportunities to enjoy all the beauty the region offers.

The library has many resources to help you enjoy the great outdoors:

50 Hikes in Northern Virginia by Leonard M. Adkins covers the Chesapeake Bay; eastern, western and central Virginia; and the Blue Ridge and Masanutten Mountains. There is a list of hikes at a glance indicating the distance, if they are good for kids, have views and/or waterfalls, as well as in-depth coverage of each hike.

The Best in Tent Camping by Randy Porter rates camping sites accessible by car in Virginia.

For those interested in learning about all things outdoor related, take a look at The Happy Camper by Kevin Callan. I love this book! It covers everything from packing, choosing a campsite, knot tying, starting a fire, “ruffing” it (camping with dogs) and includes a chapter called “What Else Can Go Wrong” – on bears, bugs and poisonous plants and animals. This book is full of good information and the authors have a good sense of humor as well.

We just added a new book from Field And Stream entitled The Total Outdoorsman Manual: 374 Skills You Need and it covers camping, fishing, hunting and outdoor survival. Even if you don’t tackle all 374 skills at once, it is loaded with tips and skills for the outdoorsman (and woman!).

If you would rather admire the outdoors from afar, check out the beautiful aerial photography book The Appalachian Trail by Mark Warner. Simply lovely.

A few other new titles for the outdoor lover:

Country Walks Near Washington by Alan Fisher covers the trails of 38 nearby locations.

If you choose to take to the water, you may want to check out Canoeing: The Essential Skills and Safety by Andrew Westwood or the American Canoe Association’s Canoeing guide. Both of these cover the canoeing skills, safety, stokes, and etiquette.

And when all else fails, speak to your local librarian for suggestions; many of us trade our sensible librarian shoes for hiking boots in our leisure time!

Natalie @ Bealeton

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