Today, Norm Goldman, Sketchandtravel.com editor and Bookpleasures.com
glad to accept as our guest, Tom Watson, author and freelance
Tom & # 39; is the author of 60 trips within 60 miles: twin cities: and the best in the tent trek: Minnesota: (Both published by Menasha Ridge Publishing)
Tom is also a & # 39; is the author of "How to think, how to survive: Emergency Management Manual in the desert" (in the summer of 2005, published by International Publishing)
Hello Tom, and thank you for agreeing to participate in our interview & # 39; S.
When did your passion for hiking and camping, and that you went on?
Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity. My dad was a beautiful
active outdoors. After exiting the fleet opened a hobby shop that
We carried a lot of sporting goods. I was able, as a boy growing up in the East
Missouri, a chance to try any technique – tools, rifles, bows
and arrows. Also, since my dad enjoyed camping, we took advantage of this
many places in Missouri to primitive camp. I lived there and my cousins
and they were hot and vacationers. So, I was about seven, I spent with
a good portion of every summer in the fresh air.
By the time when I was thinking about college – at the end of 6's, my people were
I divorced and I lived with my mother in my school years. I wanted to
to maintain exposure to the outdoors, so I decided to go into forestry on
University of Minnesota, on the campus of St. Paul. All these factors have
Growing love for the natural sciences still keeps me up until now.
Since many of our readers are interested in a romantic escape, you could
Describe the eight most romantic and unique camping areas of Minnesota?
Why are they romantic?
It requires my interpretation as a "romantic" and "unique"
camping. I am primarily a primitive camper, a minimum of means, at least
romantic private site for me, remote and better than
average landscape and natural attractions.
* On this basis, I could list almost any camping in the BWCA wilderness, as well as any Voyageurs National Park – most of which are only available for water. As for under & # 39; entrances and sites that have little access (my favorite), I have listed the following:
* State Park Lake Mary – separate entrances, scattered on the hill
full canopy of oaks and maples – fabulous fall colors! Most walking trail,
* State Park Great River Bluffs – this part of the leaves on the Mississippi River
offering these incredible views. Forms at the end of a short
trails through dense peragibku maple trees, very peaceful and types
addicted to the spirit – some of the very romantic seats on which you and
significant other could sit comfortably for hours.
* Reserve Regional Park Lake Alma. It is so close to the center of St Paul's
It offers remote campsites and several miles of steps.
Campsites are along the corridor about 100 meters from the car park
Area and each of them is located in the deep foliage, so the level is high enough alia
well too. These are the main sites without a lot of amenities close by. these
– good sites for leisure or several campaigns.
* Crescent Lake Camping – is just outside the BWCA area, in
Best National Forest. This is the best laid out camping, I've seen –
based on my sympathies. Each site or knocked or cut deeply
wood for a very private and serene abstanovak.
* Split Rock State Park – one of the few really good camps
North Lake Shore High, only if it is not as tightly packed as all
remaining there. There are walks in the grounds, which stretch for about half a mile
rocky shore of the lake, each separated by a forest of birches. The
the sound of water against the shoreline, the wind in the trees and
the freshness of the area all combine to make camping a very soothing
* State Park Crosby-Manitou – Like Lake Maria is extremely hiking
Park. The plots are located around the rocky banks of the river, and many
a short distance from the mad Gromov waterfalls and cascades.
* Very romantic in any way Grizzly Adams, like most of them.
Region Lake Kabetagama of Voyageurs National Park – I could not resist
offering places for camps scattered throughout the southern region of the park.
On small, rocky islands many single camping – it is not likely to
an attempt on the part of other travelers! All are available for the water, but that
more romantic that a boat ride in a private campsite surrounded
Many of the campgrounds in state forests of Minnesota – some of them
they are popular with riders, ORV riders and fishermen, but if
you can find one that is not being used, you can have all of the woods for themselves
with trails and rivers and lakes abound. Such offers very little
convenience, but if you are alone and interested in romanticizing the day
In any case, you do not need any supplements.
Recommend steam for honeymoon or couples who are looking for a unique
romantic adventures, they try at the camp, and if so, why?
From my point of view, when a guy can find a lady who really enjoys camping
(No parking large vehicle controlled on some flat lawn and the road), it will not matter
where you're going. However, I think to really understand a person, which is a must see
how they can be independent. I think of camping it detects and separates
those who need things, and those who can do so without complaining. get
those down to the right, and everything else will be easy. Adshukayuchy it right
partner can be a stepping stone for many other successful interactions.
There were changes in the popularity of camping over the last thirty
years, and if so, why?
Definitely been a shift in the definition. Amazing how
Many RV parks with concrete slaps and broomstick trees listed
"Camp". There are fewer and fewer places to go really
tent in the pristine, "camping" atmosphere.
Our prosperous society allows more units to buy big, but apparently, it's more that as we age, we still use the fresh air, and units "to promote the camping" help people to do it.
I think that the fluctuations in the economy also affect the campsite. Instead of a long,
travel thousands of miles a week, seven & # 39; and do shorter, weekend trips
and going camping instead of spending more money on accommodation and supplement
gas. I think "camping" in general a little more popular.
That means a trip for you?
The journey is the passage of at least 50 miles or for pleasure, or for pleasure.
"Journey" as a hobby or activity, of course, create new images,
exciting or quiet areas. I am a naturalist, so "journey" means
see and experience new environment, a new flora and fauna, as well as new
culture and way of life – that's why "travel" such a good education
How did you come up with ideas for what you write? What methods do you use
concretize your idea to determine if it can be sold?
I'm trying to see what is covered in the current magazines to find out if I have
We experienced some of the new areas that are on time and on which we can write in
informative and entertaining way. I love photography, and usually will not even
Consider the story of when I do not know, I have a good support for it. it
It is also a good selling tool for editors. Otherwise, I'm looking for resources
Internet, writing groups, etc., which will list topics of interest or on the & # 39; show
opportunities. The red-haired Menashe already had a good base of hiking books, but
I need one of Minneapolis. That's where I live, so it was a chance
make a book directories directly to your own backyard. Once you get a "feel" for the
magazine you start to anticipate what could be useful for them.
What problems or obstacles you encounter while writing the books? how
You have overcome these problems?
Frankly, the biggest problem is always, when I can capture the state or
Thread carefully takes into account the budget (for which I will pay for it and costs
I'll have to do it), so I immediately found adequate information
began, and most importantly, someone to care, to want to read
about it. When I started the book, I did not know what I can
use and which can not be measured. Sometimes I went to two o'clock
only to find there really was not camping, you would like to recommend either
that meets your criteria.
Minnesota – big enough state that in one day, to cover the area I studied, I put 1,100 miles on his car – and it was out of my pocket. You overcome obstacles, thinking that you do the job, and you become more savvy in the ways of optimizing travel and budget during the research part.
How have you used the Internet to promote their writing car & # 39; EASURES?
80% of my writing opportunities begin from the Internet. I belong
OWAA (Outdoor Writers Association of America). They offer online
monthly updates from the editors who are searching for specific topics. Other sites do
I also use the Internet to check the facts or for more information
something new, and verify that published in the type of
magazine for which I usually write (kayaking, camping, external transmission
tourist destinations, etc.).
Who are your favorite authors, and why they inspire you?
In my childhood, Jules Verne always aroused my imagination and Sam Clemens
I recalled the feelings that I grew Missouri (together with the same
river, I might add). I really liked this disaster and Edgar Allen Poe
Poetry of Robert Frost, writers are pretty basic – but all
It allowed my imagination to supplement them.
Unfortunately, I do not read as it should, so authors do not just fall
in conversation. I write a lot, creating their own things. If I had to
select the author that I really enjoyed reading in recent years, it should be
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – well his collection of short stories
shaped and a little "strange".
I've always liked Ray Bradbury and a bunch of incredible writers. This is quite apart from the kind of writing that I'm doing now. Books and articles in magazines. Fiction is much more severe, the higher level, I hope, aspire to some day.
Because, it seems, there are no authoritative standards that exist
Authors or publishers of guidebooks, how do you know that the leadership allowed
together? How can you check the author's competence?
There are two types of "guides" of books for me: those mainly of & # 39 are
According to the assembly, sometimes cleverly arranged so that a & # 39 were new and
different, but basically collections of lists from the Internet.
Other books – a consideration that use certain activities and skills
Author's breadth of knowledge to know what is important, etc. I feel
The author must first reveal himself, to offer a section that the reader can
say: "yes, I identify myself with this person, because I like, probably
In this sense, I come to what I consider a good
camping or a nice trail. I say to the reader in front of him, that I
photographer and naturalist, so I'll stop and mistress rose or removal
picture of even the most seemingly mundane paths. I also suggest
historical perspective – most publishers want so that you can claim yourself
it does not matter.
I grew up in Minnesota for the most part (except for the summer, who spent
Missouri) and actively participated in boys. I spent a lot of time
outdoors, on trails, hiking and so on. Previously, I had a sense about these books
I started my research. Another big factor to be honest, with the & # 39 is that it
business, nice, but business. If you do not produce the goods
people will buy you for a long time will not be engaged in business writing. it on
at least, labor interests and as such requires a certain discipline, and the spy
How do you reconcile your photojournalism with his journey?
People like to present themselves in the picture. "I wish that I
kayaking in Alaska! "A good photo draws the reader into syuzhetno-
let's see what you're saying.
Sometimes the editor puts a restraint on the number of words they need. Good photos can convey the necessary information with very few words. I am proud that I was a good
photographer, and I know that there were many stories sold, because there was good,
clear, colorful photos of support that is offered with the writing. Photos and
help me recall areas without taking a lot of comments.
I spent a whole month in Peru and shot probably 30 rolls of film. I used about 8 pages of the magazine – most of which certain themes photos that I took. I then go
back and look at the pictures to see how much I can offer for different
different story ideas. Sometimes they even make the front image
Cover – a nice bonus!
What's next for Tom Watson?
I really want to engage in literary literature in the style of Roald
Dahl, or someone from the camp of the writers for the old Twilight series.
As for magazines and directories, I will continue to treat them like those
there are opportunities. This is a good income, and it allows me to share
exciting adventure to those who wish to do the same. Thank you for letting
to share this with you.
Thanks again Tom and good luck with all your future endeavors.