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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: Tim Cahill Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Luna | 2/15/2014

    " Tim Cahill's love letter to Yellowstone - I read it as soon as I booked my ticket to YNP, and I can't wait to love Yellowstone as much as Tim does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " This book made me excited for our trip to Yellowstone, and I added a few items to our to-do list. I am especially excited about hiking Mt Washburn (on an old stagecoach trail, so not too demanding for the kids). And I want to backpack in the backcountry of Yellowstone someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tim | 2/11/2014

    " A good if short view of Yellowstone. I really appreciated that Mr. Cahill does not knock seeing the "Tourist" things (all the things near the roads). So many people that live in and around the park become so elitist when it comes to how and where you should spend your time at in the park. If you don't hike to it it's not worth it. I also enjoyed the fact that he encouraged bushwacking a little bit from the trail, because alot of cool stuff is not on the trail, and that he blatently made fun of the authors of the Waterfall's book. I am also against the claiming and naming of every geographic feature that is stumbled across, plus I don't really like the authors of the waterfalls book very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sonia Almeida | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting, but at some points just a collection of names of trails. "

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