A second opinion about a couple of million acres of the Great North Maine wilderness 150 years after the Philosopher of Walden Pond carried an umbrella to the top of his beloved Mount Ktaadn.
This book is a remarkable memoir of the annual vacation author John Gould took for 32 consecutive summers with his daughter's father-in-law, Bill Dornbusch. Affectionately named "the Grandfather's retreats," these sojourns into the depths of the Maine woods have inspired Gould's finest and most emotionally resonant writing to date.
With a naturalist's sensitivity to his environment, and an infectious sense of humor, Gould writes of beautiful hikes through dense forests, of fly fishing for salmon and trout in deserted creeks, of campside culinary triumphs, and of his and Bill's longstanding friendship and their rural vacation-inspired reflections on careers, family, and the modern world. The resulting book is a wonderful meditation on the natural beauty of the Maine woods as glimpsed through Gould's unique vision.