Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith

Dear Bob and Sue is definitely one of my favorite books this year! Matt and Karen quit their jobs and spent 2010-2012 visiting all 59 National Park’s in the United States.

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”

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The Journey Home by Edward Abbey

“…there is much of great interest and beauty if you take the time and make the effort to see it. But you must get out of your car. You’ve got to be willing to walk.”

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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder is a bit different from the books I normally share via my blog, but I feel it still fits the Off to See the View theme. When I first picked up this book from the library, at Lizzie’s recommendation, I originally thought it was going…

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Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk truly is an inspiring story about Emma Gatewood and her three treks along the Appalachian Trail. At the age of 67 she told her children she was going for a walk, little did they know it was a walk that would last months. She completed the AT two more times after that…

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago by Ted Villaire

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago, 3rd Edition covers hikes in Illinois, Wisconsin and Northwest Indiana making it 60 hikes within 100 miles of downtown Chicago. It includes trails that Lizzie and I have already done like: Volo Bog State Natural Area, Starved Rock State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Moraine Hills State Park.…

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50 Hikes in Wisconsin by John and Ellen Morgan

The second edition of 50 Hikes in Wisconsin by John and Ellen Morgan is updated to include 60 hikes. The authors include great information about the trails as well as general maps of each route. The book is broken into sections by regions, which made it very easy when Lizzie and I were planning weekend…

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The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves

The Nature Conservancy’s Guide to Indiana Preserves is a great place to start if you are wanting somewhere a little less visited to explore. The Nature Preserves of Indiana are not as well-known or visited as the state parks, but are just as beautiful. This guide includes great pictures of the preserves as well as…

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