Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense

Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense

by Krista Schlyer

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What do you do when your world ends?
At twenty-eight years old, Krista Schlyer sold almost everything she owned and packed the rest of it in a station wagon bound for the American wild. Her two best friends joined her—one a grumpy, grieving introvert, the other a feisty dog—and together they sought out every national park, historic site, forest, and wilderness they could get to before their money ran out or their minds gave in.

The journey began as a desperate escape from urban isolation, heartbreak, and despair, but became an adventure beyond imagining. Chronicling their colorful escapade, Almost Anywhere explores the courage, cowardice, and heroics that live in all of us, as well as the life of nature and the nature of life.

This eloquent and accessible memoir is at once an immersion in the pain of losing someone particularly close and especially young and a healing journey of a broken life given over to the whimsy and humor of living on the road.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510700567
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 19,728
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers and her work has been published by BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, The National Geographic Society, and Audubon. Schlyer is the author of two previous books including Continental Divide, winner of the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography and the 2015 Vision Award from the North American Nature Photographers Association. She resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

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Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks, and Nonsense 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most insightful books always seem to come at exactly the right time. One thing that they all share in common is a powerful mix of personal narrative, humor, and the kind of deep thinking that speaks to me not only while I’m burning through their pages, but for the days and weeks that follow. Almost Anywhere will take you on an unforgettable journey through America’s National Parks—some more familiar than others—and deep within the landscape of beautiful lives touched by wonder, tragedy, and ultimately redemption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exquisitely written book, unlike anything I have ever read. Krista Schlyer is an artist, philosopher, historian, and scientist who, while baring her beautiful soul, takes us on a journey of understanding about the meanings of many things that help us to be human. It is a heart-wrenching look on the life and death of love, friendship, and the natural world via a wonderfully woven process she establishes for us. Reading about her journey opens our hearts and minds to our opportunities and responsibilities…to ourselves and others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author's unique insights (related to herself and her beloveds, her journey from despair to hope, her understanding of nature and the universe), are all presented in a style that is honest, unpretentious, beautiful and highly relatable. When a book can cause one to laugh out loud, to be blinded by tears, and to have a better understanding of one's place in the scheme of things, it's well worth reading more than once, and maybe in a book club. I wish everyone who has been significant to me in my life, everyone I care about, could read this book and keep it nearby to reread from time to time as needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It kept me interested throughout. I enjoyed reading about the parks that were visited and the experiences they had on the road.