• “Yosemite Adventures: 50 Spectacular Hikes, Climbs and Winter Treks,” by Matt Johanson
$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.
• Field & Stream’s Best New Fishing Gear
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.
• Roctane Electrolyte Capsules
Electrolyte capsules have long been a staple for endurance athletes. S-Caps and Salt Stick (sodium, magnesium, chloride) can be found at any trail running aid station. Now, GU, the makers of the carb-loading gels that runners slurp while in motion, has taken electrolyte capsules a step further. Its new product, Roctane Electrolyte Capsules, adds vitamin D, vitamin B6 and ginger root. The latter two ingredients are to help quell nausea – maybe from consuming too many GU gels.
• Yosemite HD Video
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.
• Fodor’s “America’s 15 Most Unusual Museums”
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.
Andria Wilde (@AndriaWilde): “I packed for 8 days in one carry-on bag and managed to wear three different outfits and two pairs of shoes on the first day. #travelfail.”
— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org