September 7th, 2011 15:36 EST
A Journey Into The Heart of America: Walking Woodstock
Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart
of America`s Most Famous Small Town
Now in its sixth printing, Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America`s Most Famous Small Town, co-authored by Michael Perkins and Will Nixon, has proven a popular local bestseller as both a guidebook to off-the-beaten-path hikes in the Catskills and as an armchair adventure book for those happy at home. In these essays, many of which first appeared as columns in the Woodstock Times, the authors roam far and wide, exploring lost roads once used by bluestone quarrymen but now forgotten in the woods, visiting the natural sanctuaries owned by the Woodstock Land Conservancy, and even, on one icy winter morning, skipping the outdoors entirely to join the mall walkers indoors.
One harrowing chapter recounts a freak accident and mountain rescue from below the world famous Kaaterskill Falls. Others report nicer events, such as meeting a Zen monk or joining the drummers under a full moon in Magic Meadow. Walking Woodstock is a fond portrait of a town with a lot more to offer than a famous concert that didn`t actually happen there four decades ago.
The author Bill McKibben has said of this book, The Hudson Valley has produced some of the great peregrinations of our time, most notably by John Burroughs, an inveterate walker. Add Michael Perkins and Will Nixon to the list "these are charming essays, some of them with a bit more bite than you`d guess. "
A novelist, critic, journalist, and poet, Michael Perkins is the author of almost 40 books, including his recent Carpe Diem: New and Selected Poems (Bushwhack Books). He moved to Woodstock in 1973, and has worked at both the Woodstock Guild and the Woodstock Library in addition to his writing. His other books about town history are The Woodstock Guild and Its Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and The Friends of the Library Guide to Woodstock.
Will Nixon has written two poetry books, My Late Mother as a Ruffed Grouse and Love in the City of Grudges (both FootHills Publishing).As an environmental journalist in the past, he was a contributing editor to the Amicus Journal, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a correspondent for the Adirondack Explorer. He left Manhattan for a Catskills log cabin in 1996. He now blogs at willnixon.com
Walking Woodstock: Journeys into the Wild Heart of America`s Most Famous Small Town
By Michael Perkins and Will Nixon
Illustrations by Carol Zaloom
Bushwhack Books, 250 pages, $18.95