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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: June 2004 ISBN: 9780739308677
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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 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 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 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 Sonia Almeida | 2/1/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/30/2014

    " A short book with a bit of an acerbic tone, but it's clear Cahill loves Yellowstone and that comes across in his writing. I thought the chapters on the backcountry hikes were more interesting than those about the dayhikes, mostly because he goes into more depth and allows his lyricism to about nature to flow. Most interesting, I thought, was his repeated reference to the difference of mentality between those who want to "discover," name, and claim everything last thing in nature versus those who simply enjoy exploring a blank spot on the map and seeing what's there for themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting and I learned a few new things like the fact that there are petrified forests in Yellowstone. I didn't know that. Otherwise it was a quick easy read - not too meaty. Nice bibliography in the back with descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Murdock | 1/23/2014

    " bought this as a book on tape, was great to listen to while hiking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/17/2014

    " Having just returned from Yellowstone, I was interested in this small bargain book that Robert suggested to me. Okay, now I have to go back and see all the places I missed that the author talks about. I recommend Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons as a destination! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/16/2014

    " I have spent a lot of time in Yellowstone over the years, so this book was interesting for me. I'm not sure how much appeal it would have for someone who has never been there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wildwomble | 11/24/2013

    " Another great book for listening to in the car when you're headed out West. Entertaining stories and some good resources listed to get more nuts & bolts info on Yellowstone. Made me want to go hiking in the back country of Yellowstone (many years from now when I am in better shape, that is). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Thompson | 9/18/2013

    " love yellowstone but this is a little too much like a guidebook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 9/4/2013

    " it's a travelogue; i guess i expected more "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madeline | 8/25/2013

    " didn't get far. seems to be a guide, not an account like A Walk in the Woods "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/1/2013

    " Great little read on Yellowstone - wish it would've been longer and the hiking more precise, so that the readers could try the trips out. But good writing anyways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 4/19/2013

    " This book is an evocative love letter to Yellowstone country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rena Jones | 3/17/2013

    " Interesting book about one man's treks throughout YNP. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 12/31/2012

    " Good for first time visitors and those that want to learn about the park. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela Trawick | 8/29/2012

    " I love Yellowstone and found this book enjoyable. However, I had finished Volume 1 of The Yellowstone Story before reading this and that is a stronger book. Plus, some of it is used in this book. This is more light-hearted and is one person's experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/30/2012

    " A very quick read - I wanted more! But this is a great taste of the actual experience of being in Yellowstone, over and over. Tim Cahill's writing is entertaining, and certainly motivated me to explore and appreciate wilderness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/5/2011

    " A lot of this felt very flat and matter-of-fact, especially for Cahill. The last part about 3 backcountry treks was much better, poetically beautiful and funny at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/11/2011

    " This is a good collection of essays. Some made me think. Others just made me smile. All of them made me want to get back to Yellowstone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 9/28/2010

    " Tim Cahill lives just outside Yellowstone, and this is him talking about his neighborhood. Not a guidebook. Not a nature study, but an appreciation of the sights that a visitor is most likely to see. By now a tad out of date, it is still worth reading for anyone planning or wishing for a vist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 7/25/2010

    " We are going to Yellowstone in a few weeks and we are so excited. We have been watching documentaries and read this book to prepare. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 6/5/2010

    " Good for first time visitors and those that want to learn about the park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luna | 8/17/2009

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 8/1/2009

    " Having just returned from Yellowstone, I was interested in this small bargain book that Robert suggested to me. Okay, now I have to go back and see all the places I missed that the author talks about. I recommend Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons as a destination! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 7/8/2009

    " it's a travelogue; i guess i expected more "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawna | 5/5/2009

    " I am sure the author had good intentions of writing about the wonderful awe inspiring moments in Yellowstone. Instead he just sound like a jerk saying “look what I did”. The only reason I finished this book was because I hit upon an interesting fact every now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 3/24/2009

    " Interesting and I learned a few new things like the fact that there are petrified forests in Yellowstone. I didn't know that. Otherwise it was a quick easy read - not too meaty. Nice bibliography in the back with descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/15/2009

    " I bought this book while visting friends in Montana. We didn't make it to Yellowstone (the road was blocked by a massive mudslide, we hiked in the Beartooth mountains instead). I will make it to Yellowstone one day unless the Super Volcano erupts again. "

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