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作者:Dave Hoekstra(前芝加哥太陽報專欄作家)
出版社:Chicago Review Press Incorporated

  • 為什麼那麼多人瘋露營?本書作者開露營車行遍美國,特寫不同露營者的故事。
  • 對於不習慣閱讀英文的人,這是一本能真正讀完、充滿真實故事的英文書。
  • 除了生動的故事,本書也分享了許多實用的露營技巧。

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“When you are camping, you become a participant. You have no choice.
You can get involved with nature, bond with a neighbor,
or discover something within yourself during a quiet moment.”

露營時,你就成為參與者。你別無選擇。
你可以參與自然,和鄰居建立關係,或在安靜時刻中探索自己。

 

“Every camper van needs a name.” Dave Hoekstra named his Ford cargo van Bluebird, in honor of his parents. Between 2016 to 2017, He traveled nearly 24,200 miles (39,000 km,) covering twenty-four states. He picked and built Bluebird, hit the road, and narrated the real “Moveable American Dream” happening on the campsites.

「每台露營車都需要一個名字。」Dave Hoekstra把他的福特廂型車取名為Bluebird,紀念愛鳥的父母。2016到2017之間,他開著Bluebird跨越美國24個州、兩萬四千兩百多英哩(將近三萬九千公里)。他挑選、打造出Bluebird,到正式上路,記述一個個營地與真實上演的「移動美國夢」。

 

The author and Bluebird spent time at several beaches, in the snow in Minnesota, New Orleans French Quarter (Yes, you can camp here). They encountered people from couple camp owners who turned the vacant wasteland in Missouri to a modern retro campground, to the travel nurse who traveled every three months to work for a different hospital in need while homeschooling the kids. They can be “downsizing material goods while upsizing spiritual pursuits” or simply a RV enthusiast.

作者和Bluebird駐紮在不同海灘,明尼蘇達雪地,紐奧良法國區(沒錯,這裡也可以露營)。遇見的人從把密蘇里州荒地打造成摩登復古營地的夫妻,到帶著自學的孩子,每三個月就到下一所醫院工作的護士。這些人中有「精簡物質需要、追求精神滿足」者,也有純粹的露營車狂熱者。

 

Throughout the book, there are also tips including “Basic Trailer Types for the Beginner”, cold weather camping tips, “Amp wisdom” to avoid damaging your breaker and cord, and selected campgrounds. Just like the introduction says, “Hoekstra provides a delightful mix of oral history, in-depth reporting, and practical information.”

整本書也穿插各種露營訣竅,包括「入門者拖車選擇」、冷冽天候露營注意事項、「安培的智慧」教讀者避免毀損斷電器與線路、以及他的精選營地。正如書介所言,「Hoekstra提供了令人愉快的口述歷史,深入報導和實用信息。」。

 

 

 


 

文/ Nikki Lu

本文收錄於英語島English Island 2018年10月號
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