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Not free, worth reading:¬†Endangered Minds: Why Children Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It

Thoreau’s Walden, or Life in the Woods: free for your kindle, needs no introduction.

Camp and Trail, by Stewart Edward White, Free.

While Camp and Trail was written a few decades ago about traversing a wilderness that largely doesn’t exist here anymore using tools and techniques that are out of fashion as well, there is something engaging in the writing that I think people would still enjoy. It’s great for armchair travelers, for people who do still like to backpack and tent camp, and explore, and there are some excellent life lessons, as well. He tells the tale of an arrogant newby, too brash and bold to accept correction or instruction, puffed up by a single encounter with President Roosevelt, leading a group over the mountains for 12 days on a trip a humbler man might make in a day and a half:

“Now the tenderfoot one helps out, nor makes fun of, for he is merely inexperienced and will learn. But this man is in the mountains every summer. He likewise wishes to rope bears.

An Object Lesson

No better example could be instanced as to the value of camp alertness, efficiency, the use of one’s head, and the willingness to take advice. I had with me at the time a younger brother whom I was putting through his first paces; and Jones was to me invaluable as an object lesson.

The purpose of this chapter is not to tell you how to do things, but how to go at them. If you can keep from getting lost, and if you can keep awake, you will at least reach home safe. Other items of mental and moral equipment you may need will come to you by natural development in the environment to which the wild life brings you.”


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