To kick off our forthcoming roundup of regional books we’ve chosen Galen Rowell’s stunningly beautiful BAY AREA WILD: A Celebration of the Natural Heritage of the San Francisco Bay Area (Sierra Club Books)—a coffee table paperback that’s guaranteed to seduce. Call it a tourist trap (a rabbit hole leading to a wondrous land), these gorgeous photos will inspire flights to San Francisco, a restlessness, an urge to head west. The Bay Area is filled with natural wonders and wildlife, and enough scenic beauty to make you forget the malling of America. The author, who grew up in the Bay Area, manages to pull the reader right into the picture with his passionate words and imagery. From redwoods to marshlands, the area has more dedicated greenbelts that any other major city. Whether staycationing or vacationing, Bay Area enthusiasts will savor this book…before and after the hike.
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