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Where in the world did George Washington really sleep? Where is the best place to see the hawk migration or to admire the mighty Delaware? Where should you take the family, bring a date, geocache, or connect with nature? 60 Hikes within 60 Miles; Philadelphia not only provides obscure and unknown trails, but also includes in-depth information regarding the history, flora, and fauna of the most outstanding day escapes in the greater Philadelphia area. This book narrows down the trails, so that you can obtain maximum enjoyment from your visits and provides detailed maps so you don't get lost. The book describes each park's unique features, and offers suggestions for fine dining, quaint lodging, and other unique attractions such as organic farmer's markets and antique flea markets. The book provides the resources to plan everything from a lunch-hour jaunt to a long yet inexpensive vacation. Visit fun and historic towns with an artistic flair such as New Hope, Lambertville, Stockton, Washington's Crossing, Frenchtown, Newton Borough, Doylestown Borough, and Wrightstown. Find out what is being done to protect and preserve greater Philadelphia's rich natural trails, and learn about plans for future trails, such as the Liberty Trail, a 25-mile trail that will follow the route taken by the colonists as they saved the Liberty Bell from a British invasion, hauling it into the nearby countryside. Learn how and why this area has become an example of conservancy for other states. Find out where to get the scoop on clean energy at parks such as Neshaminy and Peace Valley. Find out where you can go to view the American eagle or the blue heron. With its stone houses, covered bridges, rolling hills, hidden valleys, and quaint river towns, this area of the country provides some of the most interesting and breathtaking hikes in the world.
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Freelance writer and editor Sandra Kear specializes in both academic and trade books on healthcare, technology, and the environment, but has worked in a variety of other genres. She is co-author of the book Coping with Grief for teenagers, along with Dr. Robert W. Buckingham, one of the original founders of the Hospice movement. She has written for CD-ROM World and Internet World magazines, The Intelligencer Record, The New Haven Register, the Hamden Chronicle, Philadelphia House & Home, Go2 Mobile, and Philadelphiarestaurants.com, to name a few. Her most inspiring job has been as mother of her two beloved children, Clarissa and Kaelyn. She formerly worked in publishing for book and magazine publishers, most recently as editorial director for a book packager with clients such as Reader's Digest, The American Psycological Association, and Harcourt Press.
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