• Petzl Tikka 4+ headlamp
Petzl’s top-of-the-line, high-tech headlamps have heretofore been expensive ($175). Now, though the manufacturing of the technology has brought the price down to a reasonable level. The Tikka 4+ features an integrated light sensor that automatically adjusts the beam output and direction of the light depending on where you’re looking and the degrees of darkness. It’s 135 lumens with recharable batteries.
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• “The Mushroom Hunters,” by Langdon Cook
$26; Ballantine Hardcover291 pages
Mushroom hunters are a strange lot, at least as depicted by Cook, an environmental writer from Seattle. Those fancy morels and porcinis you pay through the nose to eat at fancy restaurants are harvested – sometimes in dangerous circumstances – by “wood-savvy bands of treasure seekers, iconoclasts and loners.” It’s a fascinating look at a subculture.
• Memorable Complaints From Clueless Tourists
Here’s just two examples of truly dumb travelers from an Australian newspaper’s hilarious list:
“No one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared.”
“We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.”
• Fodor’s 20 Most Beautiful Lakes
Don’t fret; Lake Tahoe is on the list, as is Oregon’s Crater Lake. Let’s feature 10 to visit from foreign lands:
1. Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
2. Maligne Lake, Alberta, Canada
3. Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India
4. West Lake, Hangzhou, China
5. Dove Lake, Tasmania
6. Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
7. Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru
8. Derwentwater, Keswick, England
9. Pehoe Lake, Patagonia, Chile
10. Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
From ultra-runner Carilyn Johnson (@CarilynJohnson): “You know you are a runner (and a bad mother) when all you have to feed your kid for breakfast is a Clif Bar and Gatorade.”
— Compiled by Sam McManisfirstname.lastname@example.org