New York Times bestselling author Tim Rowland gets wild with his new book Happy Lonesomes, a guide to finding solitude in the Eastern Adirondacks of New York, a wilderness whose trails have become crowded with those who have discovered the joys of remote mountains, forests and lakes.
Happy Lonesomes; A Guide to 15 Adirondack Hikes That Are Long On Scenery and Short on Crowds is more than just a turn-right-then-turn-left trail map. It, as well, guides the reader through Adirondack history, ecology and the often-opaque rules and guidelines that administer the 6 million acres that make up the Adirondack Park — all with Tim’s customary wit and unique perspectives.
Readers will discover trails that were seemingly forgotten shortly after they were built; find wonderful, secret destinations that sometimes lurk just a few hundred feet off the main trails; and, if they are adventurous, learn how to venture into the woods with no trail at all.
Happy Lonesomes joins a stable of Tim’s writings on history, politics, animals and the outdoors. They include his popular Strange and Obscure series of overlooked events that played out in the shadows of America’s past.
In the Strange and Obscure series, Tim writes of presidents who rode fast into battle—and then rode away even faster; of women who dressed as men so they could fight in the Civil War; of Shakespearian street gangs; and of a battlefield monument cast in honor of Benedict Arnold's foot.
These fascinating tales have lurked just beneath the surface of the tedious dates, policies and troop movements that history books have been force-feeding us for far too long. In a delightfully entertaining style, Tim Rowland mines this historical gold for those who are ready to give history a second chance.
With the release of Politics Weird-O-Pedia, Tim Rowland conclusively demonstrates today’s political culture is no more unhinged than it has been at any point in world history. In fact, we may comfort ourselves knowing that at points in the past, politics has been much more bizarre than it is now. Today, for example, at least we are no longer cementing thousands of live humans into our public works projects. That we know of. Politics Weird-O-Pedia is chock full of strange, funny and sometimes unnerving episodes in political history. At least, as we view today’s politicians, we can take comfort in knowing that they come by it honestly.
So sit back, pour a glass of your favorite beverage and prepare for a rollicking good read, because stories of history and the great outdoors are never dull when Tim Rowland is doing the telling.