Dreaming of Wolves: Adventures in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania (Paperback)
An extraordinary portrait of the lives of wolves, the researchers who study them, and the rustic highlanders who share their landscape in the mysterious wilds of Transylvania. Here we take an enchanting journey, tracking wolves through the deep snows and dark forests of Romania, where "Old Europe" still hangs on, hardly touched by modern trends or discovered by western travelers. Guided with humor, insight, and vivid description, we make a memorable trek, fending off belligerent shepherd dogs and foul weather to discover history, legend, and myth: Ancient "wolf-warriors" (Dacians), colorful Romani (Gypsies), legendary vampires (Dracula) and more. As we contemplate the benefits of wilderness, the joys of self-discovery, and the nature of time and consciousness, we are also entertained with 32 pages of black and white photographs.
Alan E. Sparks is the award-winning author of Dreaming of Wolves and Into the Carpathians, and has written articles about wolves for International Wolf Magazine and other publications. He has a BS degree in engineering physics from the University of Maine and an MS degree in computer engineering from Stanford University, and worked for over twenty years developing advanced technologies in the telecommunications industry. A voracious reader and student of the natural and cultural histories of the places he visits, he has supplemented his indoor studies with training in mountaineering, expedition leadership, and winter ecology/animal tracking from the Colorado Mountain Club, the National Outdoor Leadership School, and renowned animal tracker Dr. James Halfpenny. As a teacher of English, commercial actor, and web designer ? and as an avid hiker, backcountry skier, and animal tracker ? he has lived, worked, and trekked extensively in the Carpathian Mountain region of Central and Eastern Europe.