Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Beginning: A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare


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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



It is an unlikely name for the most remote point in the contiguous forty-eight states: the Thorofare.

-- A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare: A Journey Through the Remotest Place by Michael J. Yochim.

In 2014, Yochim and two friends spent a week exploring the Thorofare, a remote region in Yellowstone National Park, and that expedition became the backbone of his book. He also draws on the first-person accounts of the rangers who patrol the area, historical documents, and his earlier personal experiences working in Yellowstone and Yosemite.

A Week in Yellowstone's Thorofare is a great book for inspiring summer adventures or celebrating 100 years of our National Parks.


  1. Never heard of it, but I'm fascinated.

  2. I need to visit Yellowstone National Park someday. :)

  3. Do you live close enough to visit Yellowstone? I have always wanted to, but alas, it is a very long trip for me. Maybe one day? Looks like a great book.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    This is definitely one of those books which makes great 'coffee table' reading. I checked out the synopsis and this line also had me hooked, I hope you don't mind me sharing? ...

    "A Week in Yellowstone’s Thorofare distinguishes between the notions of wildness and wilderness. Through historic vignettes, descriptions of natural resources, and the author’s own experiences, it argues that wildness is the most precious, and easily lost, attribute of wilderness"

    Where I live in the UK, we are surrounded by several designated AONB (Areas Of Outsatnding Natural Beauty) and are also on the edge of three National Parks; Dartmoor, Exmoor and The New Forest, which are all easily accessible as a day trip, so I guess I am quite lucky although I may not always appreciate it :)

    Thanks for hosting and sharing your lines.


  5. I have to admit that I find this an interesting reading choice - I've never been to Yellowstone Park- my parents went on vacation one year but I was busy and could not go with them - it sounds like a really amazing place to visit though. Great choice

  6. Yellowstone is on my list of want to visit places and the more remote the better. I like to get away from the herd and visit lesser known places. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. Yellowstone is on my to visit list. It sounds beautiful and this sounds fascinating!

  8. This one looks quite interesting. I hope you enjoy it.


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