January 26, 2008

WanderingTheWorld Store

WanderingTheWorld now has a store, of sorts. Below are links to other websites which have services or products which I either recommend or others have asked for. I've kept it small but feel free to check in every once in a while to see what I've added.


RoadID.com has been with me on my last two trips. It's like a medical alert bracelet for active adults like runners, cyclists, and wanderers. RoadID is a small strip of metal with important information etched into it, like your name, drug allergies, emergency contact numbers. Anything you want, it's completely up to you. A small price for a piece of mind. (more info...)


Have you ever seen one of my photos and wished there was some way you could get a copy. Now you can! I've posted all my photos, almost 5000, on Fotki.com. You can order any size print you want, from 3.5"x5" to 24"x36". Click on any photo in this blog and it will take you to Fotki.com and that picture. It will even tell you if the resolution is not enough for the size you want. And you will find that prices are very competive. And if you just want to browse, try the 'slideshow' link in any of the albums.

Below are a few of my 'poster' prints but you can click on any photo in the blog you want or you can go directly to all my photos at Fotki.com.


Powells.com is a family run business in Portland Oregon that started back in 1971, Powells sells used and new, hardcover and paperback, and is staffed by knowledgeable and dedicated book lovers. If you need a book (or DVD), even if it's out of print, they probably have it. And, if you'd feel better going with Amazon.com, click the link.

The following subject links take you to those books I recommend:

When I'm not out traveling myself, I love to read about others adventures, both to learn from them and to maybe find ideas for future trips for myself. Sometimes it is hard to find good travelogue literature, but the selection below are what I have found, and found exceptional to read too. Enjoy!

Momentum is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie
Riding Outside the Lines by Joe Kurmaskie
Yak Butter Blues: A Tibetan Trek of Faith by Brandon Wilson
Shantyboat: A River Way of Life by Harland Hubbard
Beyond the Sky & the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan by J. Zeppa
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
An Ocean to Cross by Liz Fordred
Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman
Yukon Alone by John Balzar
Whale Rider by Witi Tame Thimaera
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia by Chris Stewart
On The Water: Discovering America in a Rowboat by N. Stone

Kenya, Africa, NOLS

Dead Men Don't Leave Tips by B. Wilson
Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
North of South by S. Naipaul
NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering by P. Powers
NOLS Wilderness First Aid by Schimelfenig & Lindsey
Soft Paths by B. Hampton and D. Cole
The NOLS Cookery by C. Pearson

Appalachian Trail, Hiking

There Are Mountains To Climb by Jean Deeds
Walking the Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg
Everything about thruhikers, this book is what started it all for me!
Leave No Trace by Annette McGivney
The Complete Walker by Colin Fletcher
How to Make a Journal of Your Life by Dan Price
From the wonderful artist/writer of the 'Moonlight Chronicles'
A Hiker’s Companion by Cindy Ross & Todd Gladfelte
How to Shit In the Woods by Kathleen Meyer

Camino de Santiago, Pilgrimage

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Pilgrim Stories by Nancy Louise Frey
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: Complete Cultural Handbook
The Way of St James: A Walker's Guide by Alison Raju

Cycling, USA, Lewis & Clark

Momentum is Your Friend by Joe Kurmaskie
Riding Outside the Lines by Joe Kurmaskie
Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
Bicycling Coast to Coast by Donna Lynn Ikenberry
The Lead Goat Veered Off by Neil Anderson
Partners in Grime by Neil Anderson
Undaunted Courage by Stephan Ambrose

I have been an avid reader of Buddhist philosophy for a while now, but only lately have I been buying for my bookshelf. I found these insightful, simple, direct and definitely made a connection to me and my spiritual path.

Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Stumbling Toward Enlightenment by Geri Larkin
Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner
Sit Down and Shut Up by Brad Warner
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
Very easy to read, lots of understandable info
The Still Point Dhammapada by Geri Larkin
One Breath at a Time by Kevin Griffin
Reflections on a Mountain Lake by Ani Tenzin Palmo
Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller

My Science Fiction Hall of Fame
I've always been a fan of science fiction. It seems a great forum to explore the human condition, but through a different context. You can either read for the escape to another reality, or look deeper into the ideas being presented inside the material. The following list are books that I've read in the last couple of years that I found exceptional on all counts.

Beyond the Hanging Wall by Sara Douglass
Angelmass by Timothy Zahn
Avalon: The Return of King Arthur by Stephen Lawhead
Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn
A Cavern of Black Ice by J.V. Jones
The Apocalypse Troll by David Weber
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
Tangled up in Blue by Joan D. Vinge
The Stars Asunder by Debra Doyle & James D. MacDonald
The Fourth World by Dennis Danvers
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
Catspaw by Joan D. Vinge