Campfire Philosophy: Fragments from a Field Journal (Expanded Edition)
by Walt McLaughlin
Wood Thrush Books, 2020. 2nd Edition, Expanded.
138 pages, paperback
The excerpts presented here, taken from the author’s field journals, trace the steady development of a somewhat quirky, nature-based worldview. Campfire Philosophy was first published as a slender, staple-stitched chapbook focusing on the direct encounters and subsequent reflections of a relatively young man in the wild. This expanded version includes more mature work that delves deeper into a philosophy drawn from decades of woods wandering and wondering. All of these journal entries were written outdoors during short day hikes, overnighters or extended backcountry excursions.