Other tourists are there for them to make fun of. They live in Seattle and mostly the visits to the parks include flights to and from Seattle. After the first few chapters you begin to get a bad feeling while reading this book, it is just not nice toward other people. Eventually, she allows herself to slow down and begins to grow closer to Jeff. Written as a series of emails to their friends, Bob and Sue, they describe their sense of awe in exploring our national parks, and share humorous and quirky observations.
It is not epic literature. In prose that's alternately harrowing and humorous, Thousand-Miler takes you with her through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, and farms, past the geologic wonders carved by long-ago glaciers, and into the neighborhood bars and gathering places of far-flung small towns. Written as a series of emails to their friends, Bob and Sue, they describe their sense of awe in exploring our national parks, and share humorous and quirky observations. But now in our digital times? We are not hikers like Matt and Karen, but Curiosity prompted me to buy this book because my husband and I have a little project to visit all 88+ Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites during the 100th anniversary year. Matt and Karen take you along as they visit them all.
From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. I also would have appreciated more focus on the parks and less on their nightly drinks. I could imagine the windshield wipers flapping and the radio blaring like a high school practical joke when Bill started the engine. Carrying everything she needed on her back, Francis spent five months walking from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail. In their second book of the series, follow Matt and Karen as they work their way around the western United States discovering some of our most beautiful public lands, hidden gems, and revisiting a few of their favorite national parks. He remarked to them he could tell they were a happy couple that really enjoyed being with each other.
There were so many snide comments made about each other that I found myself wondering why in the world they wanted to go exploring together at all. I enjoyed reading about their adventures, especially seeing bears up close and personal in Alaska. Unlike a traditional guidebook, this is one couple's perspective on the joys and challenges of traveling together. We did not intend for this book to be a travel guide nor a recommendation for how to visit all 59 of the U. They seem to be a good way to get out books for a small niche.
It has been a life long habit that was instilled at a young age. Surely their comments were intended to be funny and irreverent, though it often seemed they were taking cheap shots at one another, fellow travelers, and even park rangers. It's too bad they didn't include an index. My favorite park is a toss-up. Their trip is recounted through e-mails to their friends back home. Season 2 is the follow-up to Dear Bob and Sue, a charming and sometimes irreverent chronicle of a middle-aged couple as they visit each of the country's f More than a laugh out loud travel memoir, Dear Bob and Sue: Season 2 will bring to life the joy of discovery, the pure satisfaction of accomplishment, and the humor that comes with experiencing new places and activities. It was difficult to get to know these people; their values seem in conflict with each other.
They both sounded like grouchy, self centered people. It's more of a 'let's go there just to say we've been, hike around a bit and then move on' sort of journey. Also, I am like them in the sense I love my passport stamps! Matt and Karen write amusingly about hiking and camping, and share their knowledge at the same time. There is a good deal of time spent on being hateful toward other travelers, complaining and arguing with service help at all levels and just plain misinformation there are no skunks in Alaska, research would of cleared that up. The tone is wry humor, tongue in cheek - the author has a great sense of humor, is perky, and as she learns in this adventure, is often in over her head! What a cool concept for a book - and for ones life! And most of these free books are self published.
Full Synopsis More than a laugh-out-loud travel memoir, Dear Bob and Sue: Season 2 will bring to life the joy of discovery, the pure satisfaction of accomplishment, and the humor that comes with experiencing new places and activities. I get the annoyance with people talking loudly on cell phones, but the digs against other humans were just too much and when I hold a book in my hand I don't want to have the feeling that the author doesn't like me now that I'm a senior lady. The final product in print, not so much. This book is not intended to be an all-inclusive planning guide for your Appalachian Trail thru-hike, but it does contain information that the author believes will help you succeed in your own adventure. Matt and Karen started out ignoring the advice of the Park Rangers much to their own detriment. My children and husband heard parts of the book when they were in the car with me, and they also found it difficult to listen to the constant complaining about many of America's greatest treasures.
Truthfully, what was the most off-putting for me was the relationship between the husband and wife authors. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are irritating. We describe a few of our experiences in each park but do not provide an exhaustive overview of each experience or park. Otherwise, there are just too many wonderful books out there to spend time on one I can't relate to at all. Their adventures were more like the Griswolds' version of National Park Vacation than what I was looking forward to - which was more of an intimate look at the unique beauty of each park, its history, and attractions. It also seems like they went into this with very little planning. As a National Park Lover, I found this a great book.
Instead, these emails to Bob and Sue, written over a span of two years, contain random observations about the parks we visited, the people we met and what we ate for lunch. Books that would not be available through traditional publishing houses. I love the idea behind the book. I'm adding an extra star to my review because I listened to this as an audio book, and I'm aware that some of the negative tone may have come from the reader, not the author though I don't believe that to be the case. Matt wouldn't like me and I find that's affecting my enjoyment of the book. In Hiking Through, you'll join Paul on his remarkable 2,176-mile trip through 14 states in search of peace and a renewed sense of purpose. There are no vampires or teenage paranormal fantasies in this book.