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Birch River Books

Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA

©2019 by Birch River Books.

Travel essay books: picture of author.

Travel Essay Books

Adult Camping Stories

I've been fortunate to have had some unique experiences. I've canoed one of the greatest wilderness landscapes in North America: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Minnesota. I've lived in Canada and have spent time on the Churchill River and beyond. 


I've been to Newfoundland and watched puffins playing in the bay. I've observed in the moonlight a polar bear peering through our window from a cabin in Churchill, Manitoba.


One of the great experiences? Hiking the Trail of '98 up the Chilkoot Pass from Skagway, Alaska. Others have done more but these I celebrate as high moments in my life


As a therapist and counselor, I have had decades of working with people, Together we would greet life's challenges. It is a rare privilege. My training is in systems theory, cognitive-behavioral psychology, Adlerian psychology and Family Systems Therapy. As a Marriage and Family therapist, I worked with both couples and individuals.


"Aldo Leopold (Sand County Almanac) may be the master of

nature writing, and Gary Chapman (The 5 Love Languages)

may be the master of 'relationship writing,' but no one

weaves the two realms together as neatly and poignantly

as John Bragstad in Compass Season.


Combining his lifelong love affair with nature and his

decades of experience as a family and marriage

counselor, Bragstad presents the readers with 40

vignettes that teach, inform, inspire and entertain."


Adult Camping Stories / Travel Essay Books / Amazon Review