I have been daydreaming a lot lately about a little place to escape to away from the city. Be it a tent or a shack or a cabin. I have a slew of books that have only been fueling this escapism desire, some read, some yet to be read.
A few weeks ago a finished Muir's A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf, which is a record of a walk he did from Indiana to Florida. It takes place right after the resolution of the Civil War, giving the reader and interesting insight to the state of the east coast adapting the the new ways of life. Muir is delicate and stunning in his descriptions about nature; not so much when speaking about race. Despite this, I especially enjoyed his writing while he was in Savannah and Cuba. This book definitely makes me want to read about his experience at Yosemite.
I'm currently in the middle of reading three books, all that make me just want to run around in nature: Rock the Shack: The Architecture of Cabins, Cocoons and Hide-Outs, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks, and The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. I'm almost done with Rock the Shack and it is just making me dream of building my own vacation cabin. Forget about the fact that we are renters and can't even afford to purchase a primary home...no, let me dream.
I have just started The Drunken Botanist, but am really liking it so far. I've been plowing through the tome (960 pages!) that is The Wilderness Warrior and it is giving me some serious wanderlust. I had absolutely NO IDEA how much Theodore Roosevelt did for National Parks and the conservation movement in general. Reading about how all these parks were fought for a created just makes me want to visit all of them. My super top of the list National Park right now is Crater Lake. I have a few related books waiting in the sidelines that I hope to devour once I'm done with the Roosevelt book, but I'll wait to talk to you all about those once I get through what is currently on my reading plate.
Do you all read multiple books at once, like I do, or are you a monogamous reader?