Living outside comes with a lot of work and many activities. And nearly an equal amount of downtime. These times can be filled with anything- hiking, paddling, photography and writing. Birding, sleeping, wandering aimlessly. It's a choose your own adventure! If you're into reading, then sit tight. This post might be for you. I enjoy reading tremendously, and have put together a list of books that are guaranteed to inspire, delight and entertain. And hey- you'll probably learn some stuff too. A win-win-win...win.
American Buffalo by Steven Rinella
Steve is a big inspiration to me. He is a hunter, adventurer and conservationist. I think of him fondly as a new Teddy Roosevelt. His writing is interesting and easy to read. This book is about the history of the American Buffalo; those small stories we don't know and some clarifications to the large stories we've all heard. I was really surprised at what this book was actually about. Which is mainly a very in depth look at what the bison were, what became of them and what they are now. Perfect for a rainy afternoon in a tent.
The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie JR
This is a novel and the first in a series about America's western frontier. It follows a mountain man named Boone who travel the Missouri River from Saint Louis to the Rocky Mountains. Much of it takes place in Montana. The writing is very beautiful and inspiring. This is an a-typical western.
Coyote America by Dan Flores
Touted as the biography of coyotes, this book is a really rad look at scientific research and personal observation regarding the coyote. Flores examines why they're able to thrive even though humans have tried everything to get rid of them. He expands on mythology of the coyote and discusses the evolution and future of the species. An incredibly interesting and unique read.
American Serengeti by Dan Flores
Another by Flores, this book focuses on North America's Great Plains. Not even 200 years ago, the landscape of these plains were much different. Dan teaches us about the flora and fauna that inhabited these regions and takes a deeper look at why it all changed. His writing flows with ease and even though a topic such as this can become a drag, American Serengeti is exciting and entertaining all the way through.
Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar
This book is about the February 1959 incident in the Russian Ural Mountains. Nine hikers died on Dead Mountain and there has been nothing but speculation since. This goes into the hiker's journals, photographs and case files. There are also many interviews. It is an intriguing look at what may have happened, and really the only book that fully puts together the pieces of this old mountain mystery.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
All of my fiction-fluff novels are whimsical adventures of various sorts. They are modern classics that and timeless fantasies. I thought about writing little blurbs about each one, but really, you don't need me to convince you to read Jurassic Park. What you need to know is it's way different than the movie. But that's a total no-brainer, right? Trust me on this one, most people who love to be outside and love to read will enjoy these novels.
What are your favorite activities to partake in during down times at camp? Shoot me a message! I would love to hear all about what consumes your time outside.