Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson never fails to entertain. He's clearly not an expert hiker, but for some reason he decides he's going to hike the Appalachian trail. Don't be surprised that he doesn't actually do the whole thing, but he samples the important parts (or at least it sounds that way to me, without any real hiking experience). Interspersed with his stories of his own experience, he includes the natural and social history of the trail, giving it a rich context. It's an easy, pleasurable read, and makes me secure in my lack of desire to hike for more than one day at a time.

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