Queen of the Walkabout
Joined: 15 Jan 2004
| Posted: 12/20/2004, 7:29 pm
|I have mentioned in other writings my love of the Anza Borrego Desert. You can look at this book as an introduction to this area, or you may want to have a map out if you are unfamiliar.
This book is an interesting read as it weaves factual, historical, the authors experience and some insights as to how unimpacted our desert lands really are-- how pristine. He takes the stance that the native americans were the first to alter the land, and afterwards those passing through and homesteading in this area also altered a so called pristine ecosystem. A provocative argument for those of us who value the feeling of "maybe no one has been here before".
He also broaches geological and archeaological histories, at times you must really focus on where he is, but it all makes sense. His obvious love of this area of the desert shows through, and as I can relate to many of the locations this is a great treatise on this area about which little historical is written, only mostly hiking guides available.
Island Press/Shearwater books--Washington, DC; Covelo, Ca.