Lost in My Own Backyard
A Walk in Yellowstone National Park
âLetâs get lost together . . . â Lost in My Own Backyard brings acclaimed author Tim Cahill together with one of hisâand Americaâsâfavorite destinations: Yellowstone, the worldâs first national park. Cahill has been âputtering around in the parkâ for a quarter of a century, slowly covering its vast scope and exploring its remote backwoods. So does this mean that he knows what heâs doing? Hardly. âI live fifty miles from the park,â says Cahill, âbut proximity does not guarantee competence. Iâve spent entire afternoons not knowing exactly where I was, which is to say, I was lost in my own backyard.â Cahill stumbles from glacier to geyser, encounters wildlife (some of it, like bisons, weighing in the neighborhood of a ton), muses on the microbiology of thermal pools, gets spooked in the mysterious Hoodoos, sees moonbows arcing across waterfalls at midnight, and generally has a fine old time walking several hundred miles while contemplating the concept and value of wilderness. Mostly, Cahill says, âI have resisted the urge to commit philosophy. This is difficult to do when youâre alone, twenty miles from the nearest road, and youâve just found a grizzly bear track the size of a pizza.â Divided into three partsââThe Trails,â which offers a variety of favorite day hikes; âIn the Backcountry,â which explores three great backcountry trails very much off the beaten track; and âA Selected Yellowstone Bookshelf,â an annotated bibliography of his favorite books on the parkâthis is a hilarious, informative, and perfect guide for Yellowstone veterans and first-timers alike.Lost in My Own Backyard is adventure writing at its very best. From the Hardcover edition.