Book Review: Backroads and Byways of Arizona by Jackie Dishner
Book Review: Backroads and Byways of Arizona, by Jackie Dishner – Here is an extraordinary fact that we learned shortly after moving to Scottsdale a few years ago: a very small percentage of Arizona has been developed. I seem to recall less than 15%.
That means two things to visitors of Arizona:
- There are vast wide open spaces to explore.
- If you only visit Arizona’s metropolitan areas, then you haven’t seen Arizona.
Coming from Michigan, we were ill prepared to take in the incredible beauty, the unfamiliar long range views, the significant presence of mountain ranges, the massive reservoirs, the immense forest lands, the uniqueness of the Sonoran desert, the significantly different flora and fauna, the seemingly endless hiking trails, and the Grand Canyon for heavens sake!
I implore you, when you visit Arizona, get out on the backroads and byways and stand mute before the imponderable beauty of this land.
And when you do that, you must have Jackie Dishner’s Backroads and Byways of Arizona along with you.
Having Jackie’s book is like having Jackie in your navigator’s seat. Her book sets forth 12 proposed trips, and then she guides you all along the way with turn by turn directions, highlighting points of interest, recommending places to eat, places to stay, and things to do all along the way.
Carol and I are looking forward to exploring a few of her excursions. In fact, we intend to begin with her Wine Country North tour in just a few weeks.
After you spend a day with Jackie’s book, you can also continue the relationship by following her blog: B.I.K.E. with Jackie.
If you are planning a trip to Arizona, this is one book you will want to have in your hands.
The little amount we drove around the Sedona a few years ago bore witness to my wife and I of what you are saying. Stunning beauty, seemingly untouched by humanity.
We loved the trip and I hope to do more of it someday.