Arora, David. Mushrooms
Demystified. Ten Speed Press, 1986. ISBN 0-89815-169-4
This is one of the best mushroom books for identifying mushrooms in
California, especially the mountainous coastal areas. It bills itself as a field
guide but at 1000 pages, you'd be better of bringing your mushrooms home to
the book instead of the other way around!
Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer
DeLorme Mapping, 1995. ISBN 0-89933-204-8
Southern California Atlas & Gazetteer
DeLorme Mapping, 1990. ISBN 0-89933-205-6
The Northern and Southern California Gazeteers are invaluable for traveling
the lesser known roads. Used together with appropriate National Forest maps,
it's difficult to get completely lost.
McGrath, Roger D. Gunfighters, Highwaymen and
Vigilantes. University of California Press, 1987. ISBN 0-520-06026-1
Sounds like an adventure book, but it is a great source of information about
Aurora and Bodie, two mining camps right on the California border. The book
tends to study various aspects of violence, but the real worth is the hundreds
of stories of people in the old towns.
Manly, William Lewis. Death Valley in '49.
||This is an excellent book. It's an autobiography of William Manly, telling
of his travels across the United States as an emigrant, through Death Valley,
and into California. Since it's an autobiography of his entire life, the Death
Valley part is only about half of the book. His time in California is very
interesting as well. I found this book in the Death Valley Visitor Center, and
read it the next few days in a chair in the sun on an alluvial fan. Chalfant
Press is in Bishop CA, 93514.|
Foster, Lynne. Adventuring in the California
Desert. Sierra Club Books, 1987. ISBN 0-87156-721-0
||This book details how to get to just about any hiking or camping spot
anywhere in the California Deserts. Combine this guide with the DeLorme
Gazetteer and you've got most of what you need; be sure you've got a very
Austin, Mary. Land of Little Rain.
Ballantine Books, New York, 1971
Hunt, Charles B. Death Valley: Geology,
Ecology, Archaeology. University of California Press, 1975. ISBN
||This is a good book for the academic person that wants to know more about
Death Valley's rocks, plants and indians. I found it at the Death Valley
Visitor Center along with Manly's "Death Valley in '49" book.|
Nadeau, Remy. Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
of California. Crest Publishers, Santa Barbera CA, 1965. ISBN
||This book is full of the humor and stories of the mining camps of
California. It's a pity that this book doesn't also detail the Nevada mining
camps, but that would have doubled it's size. Each chapter ends with current
(1996) road and travel information for each site mentioned, and more. You could
plan a few vacations according to the information in this book.|
Canon Lens Work II. Canon, Inc. 1996.
||This is a Canon publication on their own EF camera system. It contains
very highly detailed information about most Canon EF lenses including MTF charts
and lots of beautiful photos, examples, diagrams and explanations. It does not
cover flash topics.|
Kelsey, Michael R. Canyon Hiking Guide to the
Colorado Plateau, Third Edition. Kelsey Publishing, 1995. ISBN
||This book has over one hundred hikes to pictographs, petroglyphs, slot
canyons, arches and all other manner of cool stuff. Some of the
hikes in the book are pretty intense.
Hinchman, Sandra. Southwest's Canyon Country,
Second Edition. The Mountaineers, Seattle WA, 1997. ISBN
||This author suggests good multi-day trips of adjacent attractions.
It can help to plan a successful and efficient trip for someone who has
never been to the canyons in Utah.
Barnes, Fran A. Canyon Country; Off-Road Vehicle
Trails; Canyon Rims Recreation Area. Canyon Country Publications,
1991. ISBN 0-925685-01-1
||There is a map which must be purchased separately which accompanies the
text in the book. This is the best information i've seen about
navigating the Beef Basin region in Utah.
Note that the ISBN numbers for various editions may be different.