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I grew up in San Diego, every Cinco de Mayo was a school trip to Old Town, field trips to Balboa Park and it's museums came with treasure hunt like worksheets, and the Safari Park (called the Wild Animal Park back then) gave the animals acres to roam, and play hide and seek on, where the Zoo left the animals feeling cramped in comparison. (After seeing animals in recreations of their natural habitats, spread out on tons of acres, even a globe popular zoo pales in comparison to a kid.). This book hits those highlights in a fun way, it seems to gloss over the original mission vs. the recreation down by old city that most tourists go to thinking is the true one, and the book makes Catalina sound a lot closer to San Diego than it felt to me before I could drive... but they probably don't have an Orange County book, the choosing things for an LA book can't be easy, so I imagine that's how Catalina ended up here.
Our 11 year old granddaughter went on a family trip to San Diego, and read this in preparation, and took it along. It was perfect. It saw things through a kid’s eyes and she enjoys the a lot of facts, and saw a lot of of the discussed places.
Not at all what I had hoped for. There is small to no history or info about San Diego-1 page. It is certainly interactive and in a workbook format.
I was really impressed with the amount of info about San Diego in this kid’s book. Children are engaged as they learn and have fun at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to teach or learn about various places, in a fun way!
This book is amazing for children that already know how to read and it’s actually teaching them how to use a travel tutorial too. I like that children can obtain away from their electronical devices. Could be amazing for homeschooling resource even if you don’t plan to visit. I downloaded 3 tutorials until now: Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, DC (the latest). My children enjoyed each and every one of them. I plan to purchase the physical books also
I was lucky enough to obtain an advance copy of this fascinating book from a publishing globe mate and thoroughly enjoyed reading about this remarkable adventure. Neely is an astute observer of everything around him-flora, fauna, geology, engineering, architecture, sanity and insanity, etc. And-his research into the history of the Portola Expedition provides a rich backdrop. I was fascinated by his path, his choice of transport besides his feet, how and where he slept, and how he engaged with the curious mix of characters along the way. His ability to take advantage of beauty and freshness while also navigating around different obstacles added an interesting intrigue to his unique story. On top of all this he possesses a poet's brilliant command of the language to describe his journey. I love this book and would also like to see it created in a film (hoping it won't be sensationalized).
This book is a treasure — a unbelievable blend of adventure, anthropology, geography, and environmental history. It tells a most human story, where one man’s present-day journey opens our eyes to history and reminds us each of our little put in this fascinating world.
Neely writes with precision and tells stories that create you feel like you were on your feet walking next to him. For anyone who has been to or is from California will appreciate the novel as it tells you about the state's past and show and makes you ponder it's future as well.Highly recommend this read for anyone looking to hear about an adventure.
Alta California is an wonderful journey. As the reader walks with the author, county by county, bouncing from urban and suburban to outright wilderness, on the route of the Spanish expedition of 1769, she is swept into a historical, geographical and natural globe that amazes. Neely enfolds us in an environment most of us never 'see'—from constant, casual sitings of flora and fauna, to consideration of the long-ago contours of coastal California, the establishment of Catholic missions that devastated California natives, to feats of heavy dam building, the development of California as an agricultural powerhouse—and on and on. Neely wraps the reader into an astonishing experience. This is a book that all Californians—and people who know California—will love. I know I will read this book again.
I was hooked the moment Nick Neely makes the audacious decision to walk out—that is, leave—the San Diego airport on foot. I mean, who does that?! And so begins his astonishing trek through California. With a sharp eye and a tremendous heart, his stories juxtapose centuries, cultures, landscapes, human/nonhuman. This profoundly informed narrative is by turns novelistic, poetic, journalistic, meditative. I’m about half-way through and I daresay that with Nick Neely we have something of a new, modern-day McPhee (as in John).
Amazing read from essayist Nick Neely. I'm shocked to be discovering the Portola expedition for the first time, California's ver of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Neely brings it alive as he walks northward, County to County, through urban wilderness, secretive military bases, and future Mission sites., all the while weaving the past and the present. Attractive prose. I'm only half-way through, but couldn't wait to write this review.
This is an engaging, insightful, and lyrical acc of California past and present. Neely skillfully weaves together the stories of the Portola expedition and the native tribes they met along the method with his shrewd and honest observations of modern California. Neely observed the globe patiently and carefully along his trek, which translates into detailed and poetic descriptions of nature, thoughtful explanations of how the land has been used and misused, empathetic accounts of the people he met along the way, and fascinating historical details. And, the book reads like an adventure story, complete with trespassing, route finding, and questionable campsites. As someone who is sometimes guilty of putting down non-fiction half method through to pick up a novel, I am satisfied to say that this story pulled me in and I read it quickly from front to back!
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