I have some big dreams. I often wonder if I’ll ever take the steps to reach them. On the small side of big is doing a brevet (and if you’ve been following along, I’m currently taking baby steps to achieve this one). On the big side of big is riding, not racing the Tour Divide route and backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail. My love of backpacking was rekindled after reading Bryson’s book, A Walk In The Woods several years ago. I highly recommend this book, even if just for the humor. I’ve recently completed two wonderful books about backpacking, Wild and Hiking Through. The first, currently a best seller, written by Cheryl Strayed.
Both of these books are about backpacking, though there’s remarkable differences between them. The first written by a woman and the other, a man. Obviously these are two different trails, on opposite sides of the continent. Paul Stutzman (Hiking Through)
is a family man with children and a career, who had dreamed of long-distance backpacking for years. He embarks on his dream after the death of his wife. Cheryl on the other hand is much younger and had never even been on an overnight. But she too plunges onto the trail searching for answers and healing after the death of her mother. Both books are about wonderful, resilient people who discover some answers to their questions and more, about themselves.