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May 21, 2020 | Nathan Lynn

What to Read: Get Outdoors

As spring turns into summer, many of us are feeling the desire to get outside and enjoy some outdoor recreational activities. Here are a few digital items available through Kentucky Libraries Unbound, Hoopla, and Flipster, that may help spark an interest or provide a refresher for you and your family.  

Land Between the Lakes Outdoor Handbook 
One of the region’s largest outdoor recreation areas, Land Between the Lakes offers over 170,000 acres of public lands surrounded on three sides by water. This guide provides numerous suggestions on activities including fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, historic study, and more.  

Chef In Your Backpack: Gourmet Cooking in the Great Outdoors 
Looking for some new and exciting meals for your big outing? If you are looking for some diversity in your camping, hiking, boating, or picnic meals, Chef in Your Backpack can help provide some fun ideas.  

Hiking Kentucky: A Guide to 80 of Kentucky’s Greatest Hiking Adventures 
From old country roads to dense forest paths, Kentucky boasts more than 1,500 miles of marked and maintained trails. Author Carrie Stambaugh describes eighty of her favorite hikes, from 1-mile nature trails to multiday backpacks. With detailed information on trailhead location, difficulty, and much, much more, Hiking Kentucky, Third Edition is bound to have something for everyone 

Outside magazine has covered travel, sports, health, and fitness since 1977. 

A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide To Kentucky 
With approximately 54,000 miles of streams and rivers, Kentucky has more miles of running water than any state except Alaska. Wet your paddling blade and appetite with the authority on paddling the waterways of Kentucky 

Camping Kentucky: A Comprehensive Guide to Tent and RV Campgrounds 
This guide to more than ninety-five public campgrounds in Kentucky is perfect for tent and RV campers alike. Within each campground listing is vital information on location, road conditions, fees, reservations, available facilities, and recreational activities. The listings are organized by geographic area, and thorough site maps will simplify your search for the perfect campground. 

Field and Stream 
Offering outdoor tactics from the pros, gear reviews, and adventure stories, Field & Stream magazine has been providing readers with hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure information since 1895. 

Canoeing and Kayaking Kentucky 
Bob Sehlinger and Johnny Molloy’s classic has been updated yet again. Covering the Bluegrass State from the Appalachians in the east to the Mississippi River in the west, paddling has never been better in Kentucky. Combining the latest technology with good old-fashioned paddling trips, this updated 6th Edition makes your paddling adventures even easier to execute with completely revised and improved maps, access points, river gauges and mileages. 

For the Young Adventurers  

Freshwater Fishing 
This photo-illustrated book for elementary students describes the sport of freshwater fishing. Includes information on safety and equipment needed, such as rods, bait, and tackle. The Q&A features throughout promote reader inquiry and critical thinking. Includes glossary, further resources, and index. 

Mountain Biking 
Whether you’re pounding down a forest trail or cruising through a flowery meadow, mountain biking is an awesome way to see nature . . . and exercise! Inside, find out more about this fun sport, including what sort of bikes to ride, great places to hit the trails, and riding techniques from the experts. Strap on your helmet and aim your bike into the wild!  

Discovering Nature 
You can just look out your window to discover nature . . . but why not go further? Inside, find out lots of ways you can take a closer look at the natural world around you. Find out how to be a nature detective and find signs of animals. Learn how to take amazing images of the landscape. Plus check out great gear that will help you in your nature quest.  

Extreme Rock Climbing 
Rock climbing tends to appeal to those who are interested alternative sports. The sport is often practiced alone, or with a small team, giving climbers a sense of being one with the mountain. This exciting introduction to the world of rock climbing will draw readers in with descriptions of amazing feats of scaling the most challenging peaks. Readers will learn how to develop the physical and mental skills needed to get involved in the sport in a safe and responsible way, the different types of equipment and safety gear, and about some of the sport’s most accomplished superstars.