Imagine hiking along a wooded trail and stumbling upon the stone foundation of a crumbled building, the wooden slats of the walls caved in, the ironwork of the hinges still dangling on the burned out door. This discovery piques your interest-what is this? What's its significance? How can you find out? Enter the Hiking through History series. The hiking guidebooks, which profile approximately forty hikes (all trails, of varying degrees of difficulty), go beyond simply stating miles and directions and GPS coordinates for each hike to include rich descriptions of the history underfoot. From historic battlefields to early settlement sites and more, these books are the perfect companion for any hiker with an interest in history. Make mistake-these are hiking books first and foremost, complete with rich photos and detailed maps, but with added extras and sidebars detailing eugh historical information to satisfy every curiosity along the way.
Wife-and husband-team Randi and Nic Minetor have collaborated on twenty books about hiking, exploring historic cities, America's national parks, and birds and nature. Their popular books on outdoor activities in New York State include five books in FalconGuides' Best Easy Day Hikes series on Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and the Hudson River Valley, as well as the popular Hiking Waterfalls in New York and Scenic Routes and Byways New York. They also worked together on four Quick Reference Guides to the native birds, trees, and wildflowers of New York State, New York City, and Long Island. Avid birders and seasoned road trippers, the Minetors also collaborated on the best-selling Backyard Birding: A Guide to Attracting and Identifying Birds for Lyons Press. When not in the car or on the trail, Randi is a freelance writer for corporations, executives, and nonprofit organizations, and Nic is the resident lighting designer for several theatre and opera companies in upstate New York, and for the PBS series Second Opinion. The Minetors live in Rochester, New York.