Book Review: Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods

Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks

Mark Woods spends a year visiting a new National Park once a month. While doing this, his mom, who initially got him interested in National Parks and all things outdoors, dies from cancer.

There are many interesting tidbits from each park he visits. His attempt is to show some of the growing pains and future challenges the parks face. Although he brings up many environmental issues, he refrains from lecturing and being over-the-top, nauseatingly pandering. He reports as an adult to adults, which was much appreciated.

He visits Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite, but also hits up more less known parks like the Dry Tortugas and Gateway Park in New York City.

I wished many times that I were where he was and am filled with a desire to travel and camp, or at least go outside and observe. I love it when a book fills me with such feelings.

I rate it an 8 on a 10-point scale.


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