Brad Cook, as a deeply troubled young man, had a chance encounter with a stranger, who shared his intriguing story around the campfire one evening in the summer of 1975. The seed of a dream was planted, which turned out to be the spark Brad needed to initiate a complete physical, mental, and spiritual transformation, a quest for more. This is a story of one man’s passion to experience life to its fullest, to take risks, to imagine a better world. It’s a journey he followed and on the way discovered the true source of happiness and inner peace. Cook understands that it is our responsibility to shut off the electronic devices for a while. We need to share some quality time with our children, as we lead them back into active participation in nature, rather than sheltering them from it. His informative and inspirational story examines the reasons why children have been increasingly denied access to their natural environment, and the negative physical, psychological, spiritual and societal effects from this unwarranted separation. His perspectives were developed during his 35-year career in public education and his captivating adventures in the world of nature.


Trail Dreams can be purchased via

Randolph Mountain Club Website


By emailing to

(at a reduced price if purchased directly from author, Brad Cook) 

At the below book stores:

White Birch Books (North Conway, NH)

International Mountain Equipment (North Conway, NH)

White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore (Gorham, NH)

Mt. Washington Auto Road Gift Shop (Gorham, NH)

Flossie’s Store (Jackson, NH)

Lost River (North Woodstock, NH)

Lahout’s North Face Summit Shop (Lincoln, NH)

Bridgton Books (Bridgton, ME)

Books, Lines, & Thinkers Bookstore (Rangeley, ME)

Ecopelogicon Store (Rangeley, ME)

Alpine Shop (Rangeley, ME)

Andover Bookstore (Andover, ME)

Longfellow Books (Portland, ME)

I Print Bookstore (Portland, ME)

The Maine Bookstore (Oxford, ME)

Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops (Camden, Freeport, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, Portland, Damariscotta, ME)

Books N Things (Norway, ME)

Maine Line Products, Inc. (Greenwood, ME)

True North (Bethel, ME)

The Birch Canoe (Casco, ME)

Mt. Rogers Outfittters (Damascus, VA)

Mountain Wanderer Book & Map Shop in Littleton, NH

You can also purchase at Trail Days, Damascus, VA May 2018 (Date TBA) at the author’s tent