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Book Review: Take A Walk: Seattle by Sue Muller Hacking

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Take A Walk: Seattle, 4th Edition

 

The month of March brought some newly published hiking books across my desk. Take A Walk: Seattle, by Sue Muller Hacking (Fourth Edition, Sasquatch Books) is one that I’m impressed with. I’ve been flipping through this book quite a bit this spring, and am surprised that there are trails near me that I haven’t explored yet. Take A Walk: Seattle is full of urban and suburban hikes, from the North Sound down to the South.  We are fortunate to have so many natural areas accessible to families, and this book will help you find the perfect outing when you need to stay closer to town.

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Meadowdale Beach Park, Lynnwood

 

Parents will appreciate the extra touches that Sue puts in the trail descriptions. She calls out playgrounds, restrooms, type of path surface, and whether you can bring the family dog. She’s scattered tidbits of nature facts throughout the book, as well as tips for hiking with youngsters. People with and without kids will also appreciate that there are trails in here for every interest – birdwatching, beach combing, history, old growth forests, hilltops and views. Sue has a friendly, poetic style of writing that will make beginning hikers feel comfortable exploring new territory. You’ll find clear driving directions and links to other contacts, such as visitor centers and parks departments.

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Burfoot Park, Olympia

 

I had this book with me when I was in the Olympia area back in March, and used it to pick my hike to Tolmie State Park. I’m also using the book to update my ever-growing list of trails to check out for families. This guide is worthy of making space on your bookshelf for. There are 120 hikes included, so there’s enough to keep us all busy! Take A Walk: Seattle is priced at $19.95, and is available at your normal online and in-person retailers. You can also follow along with the author as she sails around the world with her family, at http://hackingfamily.com/.

Sue Muller Hacking, Author

Urban Trails: Kitsap by Craig Romano – Book Review

Many of you are familiar with Craig Romano, the prolific and energetic guidebook writer for Washington State. We use his books all the time to plan our hikes to wild and scenic locations. But it’s not always easy to get out to true wilderness. With iffy weather, packed schedules, family illnesses – sometimes we need…Continue Reading

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail : Washington, by Tami Asars, Book Review

  When I was younger, my biggest dream in life was to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. I was never able to figure out how to tackle that audacious goal, and life moved on, and I set that dream aside. But now Tami Asars has come out with a unique new book about how to…Continue Reading

Book Review: Treecology by Monica Russo

The latest book I’ve reviewed for you is Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests by Monica Russo. [Amazon link here.] This thin paperback is accessible for both parents and teachers. It is packed full of the science to understand all parts of trees and the environments they grow…Continue Reading

Book Review: 100 Classic Hikes: Washington by Craig Romano

My bookshelf has two rows of various hiking guides, but recently a new guide came out that will have a prominent spot in the first row. Craig Romano has rewritten and updated Harvey Manning and Ira Spring’s original 100 Classic Hikes in Washington book from 1998, including some of the initial hikes, but adding some new…Continue Reading

Book Review: Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods

The Centennial of the National Park Service has inspired many people to take journeys through the parks and write about them. Mark Woods planned a year-long odyssey to twelve national parks to ask questions about their future. Each park was supposed to symbolize a different issue the parks are facing in the future. He ended…Continue Reading

Book Review: Leaflets Three, Let it Be! by Anita Sanchez

I recently received a book for the purposes of review that I’d like to share with you today. Leaflets Three, Let it Be! is a picture book for children about identifying poison ivy. But it also shows the many uses of the plant through the seasons. It is written by Anita Sanchez and illustrated by…Continue Reading

Book Review: Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest by Julie Zickefoose

  It’s truly spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and everything is budding and blooming. The birds are noisy in the mornings, the morning chorus announcing the breeding season. Pretty soon, baby birds will be hatching, begging for food, and learning to fly. For the past two years we’ve had bird nests built on our…Continue Reading

National Parks Week 2016, and Review of National Geographic Guides

April 16-24, 2016 has been designated National Parks Week. This national event is a time to focus on and celebrate all that the National Parks have to offer us. During this week, admission is free to all parks, and special events are planned at many sites. The Park Service has created a special website for this…Continue Reading

Day Hiking: Mount St. Helens, Book Review and Interview

Mount St. Helens has held a special place in the soul of the Pacific Northwest since its eruptions in the 1980s. Many of us parents are old enough to remember following the saga on the news, and remember where we were on the day of the big eruption. We find it fascinating to visit this…Continue Reading