Summer is just around the corner and things are slowly getting back to normal. For the past 15 months, many people have curtailed their traveling because of the pandemic. Now that so many people are vaccinated and the rates of infection are trending downward, maybe you, too, are itching to travel. A few months ago I was contacted by the author of a travelogue of her adventures following the trail of Lewis and Clark. I received copies of the book Adventures Across America, On and Off the Trail of Lewis and Clark, in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher: “A road trip into history. The thrilling story of Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the West, woven into the author’s discoveries throughout America, both on and off the historical trail.
Included are national and state parks, museums, state capitols, gardens, interesting people, and many surprises along the way. It includes over 160 of the author’s photographs.
A book for the armchair traveler, history buff and anyone contemplating an extended road trip across America.”
Jennifer White Fischer conducted her travels in two trips, in 2013 and 2014, and published this book in 2019. Given the fact that it’s been 8 years since White Fischer visited the places in the book, your mileage may vary when seeking out the same restaurants or places to stay.
Overall, I thought the book was good, although I’ve not read many travelogues as we don’t travel much. I know quite a bit about the Lewis and Clark expedition, as I’ve watched Ken Burns documentary on their travels many times, as well as read the companion book as well as Stephen Ambrose’s highly acclaimed history book on the same subject. But there’s more to Adventures Across America than the Lewis and Clark expedition. There’s visits to other historical markers and state capitals and gardens as well.
The author’s many photographs are sprinkled liberally throughout the book, which was a quick and easy read. If you’re thinking about traveling across the country and want a bit of history mixed in with your travels, you might want to pick up this book for pointers.
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