Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, "I have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when you're alone, 20 miles from the nearest road, and you've just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza."
Divided into three parts, "The Trails", which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; "In the Backcountry", which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and "A Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf", an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the park, this is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike. Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best.
©2004 Tim Cahill; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a divison of Random House, Inc.
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