I love books that I can escape into, books that make me yearn to be part of a world created by an author. My current favorite escape books are the Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy. The books are a modern day Chronicles of Narnia-type series based in Portland, Oregon. The heroine of the books, young Prue McKeel, ventures into "The Impassable Wilderness" and discovers a new world - populated by an evil queen, Wildwood bandits, and talking animals.
I love how imaginative this series is -- and I also love that I can actually visit the Impassable Wilderness! The "Narnia" of these books is Portland's Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States -- 5,157 acres! Paul and I took an urban hike through Forest Park during our last visit, and while I didn't see any talking animals, I did feel pretty excited to be in the setting of one of my favorite books.
Portland has such easy access to so many beautiful areas. I appreciate that their city planners took care to maintain a lot of the land's natural beauty when building roads and houses.
The giant sequoias don't come up in the Wildwood Chronicles, but they're still pretty neat.
Ah Wildwood. Since I can't visit Portland as often as I'd like, I guess I'll just have to indulge my fantasies by reading more Wildwood Chronicles.