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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (349 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Cahill Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Let’s get lost together…”

Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of his—and America’s—favorite destinations: Yellowstone, the world’s first national park. Cahill has been “puttering around in the park” for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what he’s doing? Hardly. “I live fifty miles from the park,” says Cahill, “but proximity does not guarantee competence. I’ve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard.”

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, twenty 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 2/17/2014

    " Listened to this while driving home from Wisconsin. Some interesting history and background information on the park. As a result of listening, I'm more eager than ever to visit Yellowstone. And when I do, I'll be sure to do more than a drive by. Clearly, this is a park that deserves some backwoods exploration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharonbrown3158 | 1/18/2014

    " BOOK CLUB SELECTION: I loved this personal journal detailing the adventures of Tim Cahill, a Yellowstone National Park enthusiast. I loved the parts where he enjoys watching the tourists. They feed bears and place their four-year old daughters on top of bison as a photo op. It also described the park off the beaten path-what a luscious place Yellowstone must be. Let's go-who's game? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 1/11/2014

    " Good intro to the amazing world of yellowstone. He gets into the backcountry, but also says not to avoid the big tourist draws, as these have not-to-miss experiences also. I want to be there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula | 1/10/2014

    " Since I am about to embark on a llama trek through the Bechler Meadow region of Yellowstone National Park, I grabbed this book to fire myself up about wilderness camping. It served that purpose and then some. This author is silly. He writes like Bill Bryson (maybe not as funny but...). I read a short story of his in the past, from a book called, "Not So Funny When It Happened". I found this short work informative, entertaining and inspiring. I can't wait 'til my trip. "

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