$30, Voyageur Press
Coffee-table books often are so pretentious that they threaten to break the table itself under the weight of their importance and glossy-paged beauty. But how about a little coffee-table kitsch to brighten things up. This 64-page tome about the famous, mostly abandoned Route 66 is chock full o’ photos of retro motor courts, historic postcards, roadside attractions and even a few pages of pop-up art. Author Jim Hinckley wisely has a light touch with the text, rather than getting bogged down in too much history.
The answer is yes, but you’d have to be pretty darn desperate out there in the wild. Backpacker Magazine’s website gives a much less gross alternative as part of its fascinating “Survival Lab” video series. Host “Drop Dead” Ted Alvarez teaches how to make your own solar still to distill your pee into drinkable water vapor. It involves a cup, a tarp and, well, watch the video.
The ski-equipment testing site Gear Institute awarded this middle-of-the-line ski goggles its “Best Value” label. They cost half of what most fancy goggles will set you back. They are solid with dual-venting lenses with anti-fog coating and are said to be especially effective for skiers with large faces. You know who you are.