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Walking the Beach to Bellingham

Harvey Manning

With a new introductory essay by the author.

6 × 9 inches. Maps. 272 pages.

2002. ISBN 978-0-87071-547-1. Paperback, $19.95.

In this unique memoir, noted writer, environmental activist, and Pacific Northwest native Harvey Manning describes a memorable walk along the shoreline from Seattle to Bellingham — a 150-mile trek on which Manning covered nearly 3,000 foot-miles over a two-year period of walking routes in the lowlands and foothills of the Puget Basin.

Harvey Manning is the author of many Northwest trail guides, but this is no trail guide. It is a beautifully written tale of "low adventure," a personal account of Manning's experiences and thoughts during his long walk, mingled with memories of particular beaches over many decades and reflections on the area's natural history.

First published in 1986, Walking the Beach to Bellingham contains a message sure to resonate with readers today. Manning's local wanderings underscore his strong belief in staying put and exploring one's home place. "Generally, people should stay home," he writes. "Forget gaining a little knowledge about a lot and strive to learn a lot about a little."

Hikers who use and love Manning's popular trail guides will welcome this new edition of Walking the Beach to Bellingham, as will environmentalists, serious walkers, readers of nature writing, and anyone who feels at home on the shores of Puget Sound.

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