Last week it was Texas; this week it’s Iowa. The Des Moines Register sent out a scouting mission. I liked these:


“Spooky Campfire Stories,” retold by S.E. Schlosser. $12.95. Sportsman’s.

“Hiking Iowa: A Guide to Iowa’s Greatest Hiking Adventures,” by Elizabeth Cocoran Hill. $15.95. Sportsman’s.

“Cee Dub’s Dutch Oven and Other Camp Cooking: A Back Country Guide to Outdoor Cooking Spiced with Tall Tales,” by C.W. “Butch” Welch. $16.99. Sportsman’s.

Enough hikes in Iowa to fill a whole book. Who’da thunk? (Just kidding, Iowans … actually I’m posting this in memory of the time Steve Sergeant told me he was a member of the Iowa Mountaineers before he moved to California.)