Check It Out: Celebrate your wanderlust with reads on traveling

Today’s column is brought to you from Fallon, Nev. By the time you read this, my husband and I will be back in Southwest Washington, but the actual writing is taking place on the road. We’re on our way back from a road trip to Nevada to wrap up details reguarding my parents’ estate. A bittersweet journey to be sure.

It turns out that May is a perfect month to travel from Washington to Nevada. Spring is still evident wherever we go, and the high heat of the desert hasn’t quite hit (although it was 100 degrees in Las Vegas while we were there – not so bad for Las Vegas residents but pretty hot for anyone from the Northwest). Still, our automobile adventure has been another memorable chapter in the Johnston household.

To honor National Road Trip Day (which happens to occur on May 27), I want to point out a small selection of road trip themed titles that are available at the library. There are many travel guides in the collection, in both print and digital formats, as well as books and DVDs celebrating the human desire for wanderlust. No matter the itinerary — a weekend at the beach, a Southwest road trip, a Caribbean cruise — the library can act as a bibliographic travel agent.

On the road again / Just can’t wait to get on the road again – Willie Nelson

  • “Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip” (DVD) by PBS Home Video.
  • “Moon Drive & Hike Pacific Crest Trail: The Best Trail Towns, Day Hikes, and Road Trips in Between” by Caroline Hinchliff.
  • “The Open Road: 50 Best Road Trips in the USA: From Weekend Getaways to Cross-Country Adventures” by Jessica Dunham.
  • “Pacific Coasting” by Danielle Kroll.
  • “Road Trip USA: Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Two-Lane Highways” by Jamie Jensen.
  • “Washington Day Trips by Theme” by Ellie Kozlowski.