We Stood Upon Stars by Roger W. Thompson is an outdoors person's book written by an outdoorsman. Roger grew up in Ventura, California and though he had a father his grandfather was a much more important person to his growing to be the person that he was. Roger's father used drugs and couldn't be the father he needed to be. Roger's grandfather on the other hand came to California tied to the back of his father, the preacher riding on a motorcycle escaping the Dust Bowl and the depression. Roger's grandfather stepped up and was there for Roger when his father was not. He taught Roger to appreciate the wildlife, the surfing, and traveling to see what this country has to offer. Roger wants to be to his boys what his grandfather was to him. Roger wants to teach the boys self-reliance and appreciation of their surroundings. Roger wants to teach his boys to be men. This book tells of Roger's teachings, his self-doubt, his shortfalls and the passing on of Christianity so that they can also be men to be proud of. Roger and his wife, Melissa, take the boys camping, hiking, and fly-fishing, but perhaps most importantly they teach the boys the importance of the creator God. They learn of God in nature as well as in church. Their Christianity is the backbone of their family.
There are 32 hand drawn maps as well as other artwork contained in this book all drawn by the author's mother, Elain. This book could be the backbone of an outdoorsy family vacation if the reader wishes. There are so many interesting places to visit contained in the book that do not find their way into the usual tourist books. There are cities to visit which are well known in the tourist books but these places and restaurants are different ones than the usual. The places that the people to live there would go because the food is good. I think this book would be good for anyone who wants to backpack or camp in the United States. Places that need to be seen before they are ruined by tourists or just overpopulation moving into the quiet places.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.