|Rick Quinn's book will amaze you|
As a travel writer with five travel books (the humorous Santa Barbara Know It All is my latest) and contributor to Forbes Travel Guides, I completely understand the difficulties of writing a comprehensive travel book, which gives the reader practical information in an entertaining setting. As was said of Mark Twain, and is true of the best travel writing, you have to be a “noticer.”
The level of detail and research of Rick Quinn’s RoadTrip America: Arizona and New Mexico – 25 ScenicSide Trips is indeed impressive. What I often appreciate is the under-the-radar things, which this book is full of, from the gravesite of the real Smoky the Bear to the specificity of certain cactus. Sure there are the standard things you would might want to see, the Grand Canyon, Indian cliffs dwellings, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. But the beauty of the book is that it's filled with drives that are out-of-the-way and not on the normal freeway thoroughfare. And frankly, such is the point of traveling is to find the obscure, the oddball, the curious things not on the normal paths. Then of course there is the stunning natural beauty of the New Mexico and Arizona landscapes. And just the photographs alone are enticing enough to make you want to go.
|Some of the scenic beauty I photographed in New Mexico|
What I love is the amount of photos, all color, that are loaded in this book. Having traveled New Mexico and written about it quite a bit I know that Rick captures the state very well. I have to assume also this is the case for Arizona, a state I’m not familiar with. So if a love of side trips appeals to you, Quinn has mapped out a number of them for you. It’s therefore easy to find a path to explore.
|This artwork from the New Mexico Art Museum reminds us all to take to the open road.|
RoadTrip America: Arizona and New Mexico – 25 Scenic Side Trips
By Rick Quinn
383 pages, $24.95