Positive reviews are always soothing to an author. Glowing reviews, written in such detail as this one, are rare and deeply appreciated. If this review makes you wish you had your own copy of the book, here’s the link: Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Enjoy! MTH
Marjorie Turner Hollman’s Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are spreads the everyday magic of her earlier Easy Walks books beyond the boundaries of Southwestern Massachusetts.
Most of us love to get out into nature, but some cannot navigate difficult or rocky trails, especially when they have issues with physical balance, problems with heat or cold tolerance, or difficulties managing long or challenging treks. Hollman’s lifelong passion for getting out into the natural world has driven her outdoors despite physical limitations. She finds beautiful walks in places you might expect, like rail trails, state and national parks, and established path systems, but she also finds them in a number of unexpected places: historical sights and ruins, cemeteries, old mining roads, and along flood-control dams and dikes, among many others.
Her prose is appropriately poetic as she describes the wildlife she observes so closely and sympathetically, but also clear and direct as she notes good sources of information for finding Easy Walks, what to pack for safety and comfort when you embark on one, expert advice on what to wear (layers!), how to check weather conditions before you set out, and how to avoid pests like chiggers and ticks. She even has a section on “Minding Your Manners,” or how to behave toward humans and wildlife when on the trail. A section on trail maintenance takes us into the world of the hidden angels who maintain trails for the public.
Hollman’s deep love for the outdoors and her indomitable spirit show in this gem of a book. It is both inspirational and instructive. Highly recommended. Em Chitty, Knoxville, TN
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, More Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.