If you have been meaning to wander into parts unknown, then Wild in the Willamette will be perfect for you. Anderson’s book is comprehensive, interesting and fact-filled. This book focuses on the mid-Willamette valley’s eight watersheds coupled with essays concentrated on our relationships to these natural areas. There are numerous colorful, detailed maps and rating systems for hiking, biking and paddling descriptions. In addition, trip seasons for paddling are detailed. Map icons are explained and even able-bodied versus alter-abled insights. Each bike, hike or paddle entry includes directions to the location, duration of the activity and an explanation of any facilities available. A paragraph or two follows with additional information, history or known facts. Maps are provided with each activity and line artwork litters the book. The book ends with three appendices: best outings, who to contact and further resources. There is also an alphabetized index.
Anderson has amassed an impressive resource for the mid-Willamette valley for anyone interested in exploring its watersheds. Information is plentiful and organized in a thoughtful manner. Line art and maps further add to this robust resource. If you have never considered discovering this area, armed with Anderson’s book you will be inspired and well informed when you begin your journey.
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