$19.95; Triumph Books; triumphbooks.com
This isn’t the first guide book for Yosemite, not by a long shot. But this thorough work by noted the outdoors writer/educator combined hikes with rock climbing and winter treks in one compact read. The glossy pages feature many color photographs to go with text, charts and maps. Another plus: It can fit in the palm of your hand.
The bible for anglers annually weighs in on the best and newest fishing equipment, from fly rods to lures to waders. For instance, the best wader award was given to the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot, which features Gore-Tex five-layer fabric and a three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell. That’s a lot of layers. There’s also a microfleece lining and hand-warmer pockets.
Lest we forget what a wonder we have in Yosemite National Park, two filmmakers traversed 200 miles of the park to capture in time-lapse a day in the life of the park. It’s a must-watch.
There are scores of weird museums in this great land of ours. Only one in California museum made Fodor Travel’s list of the strangest. Here are the top 7:
1. Museum of Bad Art: Boston
2. Mütter Museum: Philadelphia (example: a sample of John Wilkes Booth’s neck tissue)
3. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: Alexandria, Va.
4. National Mustard Museum: Middleton, Wisc.
5. Museum of Pez Memorabilia: Burlingame
6. Leila’s Hair Museum: Independence, Mo. (art made from human hair)
7. UFO Museum & Research Center: Roswell, N.M.