Part I -- 1899 to 1908
From the back cover - the background of the front and back covers is a scan of one of the old journals
Our Mountain Trips is unlike any other book published
about the White Mountains. Though written a century ago, when
hiking and camping were enjoyed in a more leisurely fashion,
these narratives have a vigorous and refreshing quality to them.
The reader senses that the authors would be delightful trail
companions. The fascinating text is accompanied by hundreds of
crisp black-and-white photos of familiar peaks and forgotten
places. This beautifully-rendered book will be a treasured addition
to the library of anyone who loves this storied region.
Part II -- 1909to 1926
From the back cover
The authors of Our Mountain Trips wrote with a keen
wit and a fascinating eye for detail. Readers will become immersed
in days gone by that feel remarkably familiar to the modern-day
"tramper." The narratives and the photographs bring
the reader along easily-recognizable roads and trails that remain
a delight to adventurers these many decades later. Everyone should
read this book with a firm purpose to preserve these mountain
paths and trails for future generations to enjoy with the same
passion as past generations.
This book is a wonderful collection of stories of family
bonding and of adventures in the White Mountains. These adventures
occur before high-tech synthetic clothing, hydration systems,
and lightweight tents! It is interesting to see the evolution
in transportation methods to and from the mountain trails, from
horse carriages to railroads to the automobile. To hikers who
have visited the area many times and to those new to the mountains,
this book is a true delight!
The fascinating thing about these books is how they reflect,
in very personal ways, the dramatic social and technological
changes during the period they were written the Great War,
the automobile, women's suffrage really the cusp of the
old and modern world. The later trips almost sound like trips
that could have been made today.
Certainly, historically-minded hikers of today would love
to take a trip back in time to experience the White Mountains
of days gone by. Until a time machine is developed, though, they'll
have to settle for this book to provide a remarkable view of
New Hampshire's woods and summits of yesteryear. What a gift
reading these books makes one long for sunny mountain days,
the scent of balsam fir, and the song of the white-throated sparrow.
How generous of Jane and Ben English to share their remarkable
family journals and photos with us, and to give us a glimpse
of the adventures of White Mountain visitors of about a century
ago, "trampers" and "automobilists" alike.
This book is a rare treat for New Hampshire hikers, and for all
who are interested in the history of exploring the forests and
hills of New England.
The authors and editors
Table of contents
Book signings and slide lectures about the book