Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails

Poems of a Traveling Man

Poetry - Inspirational
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/24/2022
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails: Poems of a Traveling Man by Tim Riter is a compilation of the author's original poetry and an ode to the things that he has experienced as he explores the less appreciated true wonders of the world. Riter is as prolific a writer as he is a traveler and the collection presented is reflective of both. The quantity approaches a centenary with pieces ranging in style and length from the simply structured Haiku called Sierra Heaven?, to the free-form twenty-two verse, five stanza poem named Jeremiah Johnson and its structural composition that takes the shape of staggered steps. Free-form without a discernible rhyme scheme is the primary style of Riter's writing in this book and each piece is allocated its own page in order to stand proudly on its own.

Reviewing poetry can be tricky because, like all visual forms of art, it is entirely subjective. This is compounded when it is about personal experiences and Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails is the entire theme of Tim Riter's collection. It is the written embodiment of a lifetime of experiences while traveling. Thankfully, it's a good compilation of work that is mainstream in how it views what Riter does well to describe. It's succinct and thoughtful. I don't know anyone who doesn't love trees and would turn down an opportunity to drive through California's Redwood forests. I'm perhaps impartial, having a wife who grew up within a morning's drive from them and they are majestic to a spectacular degree, but I can assure you that the feelings described in A Sacred Place are universal. Overall, this is a lovely compilation and a genuine pleasure to read. Recommended.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails: Poems of a Traveling Man by Tim Riter is a collection of poetry about life. Snapshots of the country at his side, he rides the asphalt road of man and climbs creations made by God. An evolution of the soul is rarely so perfectly written and understood. One of the poems that affected my heart the most, and many did, is entitled Nose Hairs. These lines shot me dead: "Statements/ that life has been lived/ that joys have been experienced/ that griefs have been survived…" Riter not only shows you his soul but makes you dig around deeper to find your own.

Tim Riter’s Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails will rekindle a fire in the pit of your stomach not just to see the children of ancestral greens and the dusty hues of what God chose to put on Earth before man, but to touch them. To experience them. To see the soul that dwells inside them as well. Riter allows us to understand that communicating and having a dialogue with the outdoors is not madness, but is a closer step to the creator Himself. Riter gives you the go-ahead that you didn’t know you needed. As you read through the pages you can almost hear the engine of his Honda sport bike beating right along. Gasoline and oil coursing through mechanical veins bringing it to life, bonding with its rider. Like John Wayne to a horse.

Astrid Iustulin

Nature has always been a favorite source of inspiration for poets, but only a good poet has the skill to make it pure poetry. Tim Riter is one of those poets who has this privileged relationship with nature and who seems to understand it better than many of us - and then he explains it to us. In his poetic collection, Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails, Riter reveals his exceptional ability to convey powerful emotions and thoughts about nature, travel, places, and people. Get inspired by these poems and discover how living outdoors helps us remember to feel stronger and freer and where to find God.

Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails cannot fail to move all those who love nature, travel, and poetry. Tim Riter has the ability to express concepts in verses that, with just some exceptions, are very short but at the same time full of meaning. I must admit that many of his poems have deeply touched me. The sensitivity he shows about outdoor life struck me because it is a rare quality. There is a sense of freedom in Riter's verses that you do not find elsewhere; his poems are like a breath of fresh air. I particularly liked the many references to the mountains, which clearly have a profound meaning for the author. If you are a lover of poetry, I invite you to read Outdoor Adventures, Sacred Trails, and take this journey in Riter's company. After reading, you will feel like you have really traveled with him.