NATURAL RESOURCES THE SCIENCE OF FISHING.``The Complete Book of Light-Tackle Fishing''
By Mark Sosin (The Lyons Press, 2000), $24.95
As legendary an outdoorsman as the author is, you would have thought he would be just a tad embarrassed to have this 1979 classic re-released without at least a little revision.
Sosin, now best known for his television work as host of the long-running ``Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal,'' is a pioneering outdoors writer as well. Having authored some 30 books and thousands of magazine pieces, he is as one of the first outdoors writers to approach the job not from the angle of ``this is what I did'' but, rather, ``this is what you can do'' and did so skillfully.
This work epitomizes that philosophy, but that's why it's somewhat disappointing. Black-and-white photos that are perhaps 30 years old, the citation of a 1975 study, archaic references to gear and the lack of an index give the whole work a dated feel. Still, Einstein never goes out of style for physicists; likewise, for the most serious and advanced anglers, this dense work, which approaches light-tackle fishing most scientifically, is worth a read.
- Michael A. Anastasi
Headed for a national park near you? At least in the Western United States Noun 1. western United States - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
Santa Fe Trail - a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century ? Try the American Southwest Web site: ``A Guide to the National Parks This is a list of national parks ordered by nation. Africa
Clicking on several states' links, including Nevada, Arizona and Colorado, directs you to that state's national parks, each of which contain information on the park.
California is also included. That's fitting since there are so many national parks and monuments National Parks and Monuments
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery. here. The Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park (yōsĕm`ĭtē), 761,266 acres (308,205 hectares), E central Calif.; est. 1890 as a result of the efforts of conservationist John Muir. Located in the Sierra Nevada, it is a glacier-scoured area of great beauty; Mt. link breaks down certain areas of the park: Glacier Point Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley, in California, USA. It is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 ft (2,199 m), 3,200 ft (975 m) above Curry Village. , Yosemite Falls Yosemite Falls
Two waterfalls, Yosemite National Park, central California, U.S. Formed by creeks tumbling into the Yosemite River valley, the upper falls drop 1,430 ft (436 m) and the lower, 320 ft (98 m). and Yosemite Valley Yo·sem·i·te Valley
A valley of east-central California along the Merced River. It is surrounded by Yosemite National Park and has many waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls, with a total drop of 739.6 m (2,425 ft). .
There are also vague but generally handy maps of all the parks highlighted. There's also a nice collection of photos from Yosemite that conjure up thoughts of Ansel Adams.
--A memorial worth checking out: The plight of the doomed Donner Party of 1846 is another historical site featured on the America Southwest Web site (www.americasouthwest.net California/Donner-memorial/stateark.html.
The Donner Memorial State Park Donner Memorial State Park is a state park located near Truckee, California. The park is named after the ill-fated Donner Party and contains a museum and monument to them. is a must-see if headed to Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.
- Chris Cocoles
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