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review 2018-02-12 17:34
50 Hikes with Kids by Wendy Gorton
50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington - Wendy Gorton



This amazing book is great for families with kids of all ages, and personally I think it would be great for people with no kids at all. 


The book helps you plan hikes in both Washington State and Oregon. Towards the front of the book is grid sheets that tell you the name of a particular trail, where it is, how long the trail is, difficulty,  and highlights at the end of the trail, like waterfalls, birds, beaches and more. 


There are also chapters some are:  Adventures by features. Do you want to go to the lake, climb a mountain, explore caves? All of these and more are listed. Places are listed by catagory with the page name out beside them so you can flip through the book and get all the information you need for a particular hike along with pictures. 


Adventures by Season: Do you want to take you adventure during spring, summer, fall, or winter? This chapter will help you decide which is best for your family and the best trails to take during each part of the year. 


There is so much information in this book. There are 50 adventure profiles in the book. Each profile includes maps, photos, points of interest, plant and animal species, and so much more to get your family ready for their adventure. The book even has a map with bathrooms clearly marked. 


There are tons of tips in the book. Marked power up spots along the trail (great places to stop and rest or have a snack), close restaurants, parking information, and more. There are also tips for making the adventures more fun and memorable like journals, games, discovery. and more. 


This book makes me want to jump on a plane and head west right now. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-01-08 22:51
Good Resource
50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington - Wendy Gorton

A nice little book of hikes that one can take with young children (or even adults).  The book is very simple to understand, is well laid out, and the writing is good.  There are 32 hikes in Oregon, and 18 in Washington.  The hikes range in distance from one mile to three and a half miles.  They vary in difficulty from easy to challenging.  In addition to breaking down the hikes by region (NW, Central, Coastal, etc), the author goes much further. She lists hikes by features (lakes, waterfalls, history, flora, fauna, and on and on). And then again by season, as some of the hikes are better in the winter, others in the summer.  She has very good descriptions on how to select the particular hike based on the individual hikers profile. The maps are easily navigated, and the accompanying photos are helpful.  All in all, this is one of the better guide books I have found.  Well done!

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review 2017-11-01 15:37
Good Halloween Read
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Large Print Classics) - Washington Irving

A few years ago, I re-read this book with one of my girls for school. Yesterday, I reassigned the book as a one day read and discussion with the girls. I figured Halloween subjects should be fun. This was a fun read and we watched an old cartoon version of the story as well and discussed how it was similar or dissimilar to the story they read. It was a fun day and fun read for the day. 

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review 2017-10-17 04:47
I Know It's a "Classic", But...
The legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving

I found this very disappointing and really struggled to keep going for all 47 pages.  For a short story, it was long-winded and overstuffed with huge descriptiveness but very little actual action.  And not in the least bit scary.  I'm probably the only person in the whole wide world who didn't like this one.  I appreciate that it's a classic, I respect the vocabulary and writing style of Washington Irving...  but I give this one a thumb's down.  Blah. 

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