By Joan Rykal

The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
This is a classic but it never gets old. Go back to the days of the 1890s Yukon Gold Rush and ride along on the adventure of Buck, the book’s canine protagonist.

Take Me With You
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
A heartwarming story of friendship and trust set in a backdrop of nature. The story details one man’s plans for a summer RV road trip with unexpected guests and of course, a faithful dog.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
by Bill Bryson
A true story of the author’s attempt to trek the Appalachian Trail. A funny read with some great history of the trail tossed into the story.

Texas
by James Michener
If you find yourself in the Lone
Star State this summer while camping, you’re bound to find James Michener’s fabulous historical fiction tome a must-read. The story covers more than four centuries and provides a deep look into the state’s roots.

Feast by Firelight: Simple Recipes for Camping, Cabins, and the Great Outdoors
by Emma Frisch
OK, so it’s not a book per se, but you will definitely find yourself immersed in the photos, recipes and tips offered in this 208 camping culinary delight.

The Yosemite
by John Muir
The title gives it away. Read John Muir’s ode to Yosemite, whether you’re planning a trip to this fabulous national park or not.

Wild: Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
Follow along on one women’s journey to find herself while hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Coast Trail.

The Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries
by Karen Musser Nortman
A series of fiction books, who according to the author are about “a group of retires who camp together and sometimes stumble over dead bodies.”

The Time Travel Trailer
by Karen Musser Nortman
Another series set of fiction books by the author of the above-mentioned Frannie Shoemaker series, this time the stories revolve around a couple who buy a vintage travel trailer that turns out to be a time portal.

NOLS Wilderness Wisdom: Quotes for Inspirational Exploration
by John Goodkin
Containing more than 1000 quotes from environmentalists, nature writers, and even Albert Einstein, this book is said to “provide inspiration for hikers, climbers and outdoors enthusiasts looking for motivation as they meet the challenges of the wilderness (amazon.com).”

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