Grandma Needs a Four-Wheel Drive is sub-titled Adventure Travel for Seniors, and that indicates exactly what this book is all about. Two grandmas – one a writer, Janet Webb Farnsworth, and the other a photographer, Bernadette Heath – get themselves into many hazardous situations as they drive, hike, canoe and pony-trek up creeks and through canyons, way off the beaten track.
Although their adventures are largely confined to the US state of Arizona, this area covers some of the most striking scenery in the world, including The Grand Canyon. These intrepid grandmothers have each made more than 30 trips into the interior of The Grand Canyon.
I recommend this book for two groups of readers: firstly, the relatively small group of people, of whatever age, who wish to emulate these adventures; and secondly, arm-chair travellers who can marvel at the enthusiasm and drive of these two Senior travellers.
For the first group, lots of information is provided on where you can book guided adventures, anything from meeting bears and other wildlife to riding the rapids down the Colorado River.
For the second group, the authors provide amusing details of both their successes and their misadventures and bumbling mishaps.
During their travels the authors appear to have their grandchildren in mind in that they are careful to protect the environment, both natural and historic. They do not reveal the site of some particularly impressive, ancient Navajo cliff dwellings; special permission had to be obtained for their visit. However, having whetted the appetite, they do list several cliff dwelling sites that are open to the public.
The 50 photographs in this book are all black and white, which doesn’t do justice to the magnificent scenery.