Thursday, May 21, 2020

Leave Only Footprints: There Are Lots of Ways to Read a Book

We forget, but there are lots of ways to read a book.

I read a book last week. It was an immersive experience. 

The book is Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park. It was written by Conor Knighton who undertook the journey to visit all fifty-nine* American national parks in a year. He filmed segments for CBS Sunday Morning along the way.

Happily, I found all twenty-four of the segments available online: On the Trail: CBS Sunday Morning.

I read a chapter, and then I watched a segment. 

National parks I've visited, like Yosemite and Yellowstone and Bryce Canyon and Crater Lake and Big Bend. Many more I wanted to visit and hadn't yet, like Smokey Mountain and Everglades and Glacier and Arches. Even more that I'd never heard of and didn't realize I wanted to visit, like Congaree and Isle Royale and Indiana Dunes. 

What a great way to read a book. What a great way to visit all the national parks. I didn't even leave any footprints.

*Note: There are now sixty-two national parks, with the addition of three new parks since 2016 when this book was written and the segments filmed.


  1. How fun. I've only been to a few of the national parks. I've been to the ones in California because I grew up there and we traveled a lot.

  2. I look forward to watching CBS segments! Thanks for link to them, Deb!

  3. How cool to read the book and intersperse it with video of the parks! Too bad we can't visit them in person right now.


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