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Page Turner: Travel books' offbeat suggestions have made for memorable trips

Cheryl Ferverda (News-Sentinel file photo)
Cheryl Ferverda (News-Sentinel file photo)
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The recommendations have included quirky sights in Indiana.

Saturday, August 05, 2017 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Cheryl Ferverda, who is retired from the Allen County Public Library and is now doing community work.

"Every year when planning for vacations, I read books about travel. This year, I am taking my 12-year-old granddaughter to Glacier National Park. A believer in climate change and global warming, I have read that by 2030 the glaciers will be gone, so we're going to see them now.

"I always rely on Fodor's travel books. They know exactly what they're talking about. And any in the series 'Off the Beaten Path' show any quirky things in your state. That's how we learned that Indiana has the second highest train trestle — in Solsberry close to Bedford. In Oolitic, there is an 8-foot-tall statue of Joe Palooka — Palooka in his boxing trunks and his gloves. That's the kind of thing you find in any of these books.

"Last year, we went to Colorado and saw a 15-foot rhinoceros beetle — with a big horn. There were thousands of walking sticks, ladybugs, anything you can think of. It was like they wanted us to be there. It was a nice experience.

"Another series, 'Weird,' gives you a sense of unusual facts and destinations within a state. I've never been disappointed with these books. They have unusual, interesting facts that are memorable, and they are interesting vacations. To Maine, for example, to the Bay of Fundy. When the tides go in and out, they can create huge whirlpools.

"We went on a chartered boat and rode along until we came to this swirling, huge pool and the captain revved the motor and ran through the pool. Ten miles out in the ocean is where puffins nest. And the public can see nesting eagles.

"Every year, we have gone someplace no one has ever heard of. Now we'll focus on glaciers and formerly dinosaurs. Sometimes I'll turn to the internet to do research, but I like having a book with maps and being able to stick notes in it. We have had so much help and joy from these books I have mentioned — and they are all available at our library."

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