(A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson

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A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB An alternate cover edition for ISBN 9780552997027 can be found hereFrom the author of Notes from a Small Island an I kind of surprised I liked this book at all because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I ve never read a travelogue ANDc I m only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I m safely IndoorsSo color me shocked that I not only finished this but giggled my way through uite a bit of it Bryson really is a pretty funny writer and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times His fears about getting mauled by a bear among other things before he started off were especially hysterical and maybe that s because I could see a lot of myself in his initial terror of spending so much time surrounded byNATURENow there was a decent sized chunk towards the middle of the book that I just had to grit my teeth and push on through Bryson s friend Katz wasn t with him during this portion and the difference in the tone of the writing is really noticeable Lots and lots and lots of mind numbing details about the Trail and very little of his experiences And while all of that sort of info is relevant to the book it s also the main reason that I don t actively seek out non fiction or travelogues Eventually Katz comes back to finish out the hike and the story vastly improves but it never managed to recapture the humor or spirit that it had in the beginning But that s only MY opinionAnd I really did enjoy the last bits of the book a lot Especially the moments between Katz Bryson there towards the endOverall I d say this was a winner And even if the whole thing wasn t to my liking the first half was an easy 5 star read for meIn fact it made me want to call up my BFF to see if she wanted to take the kids camping this summer so we could poop near a waterfallYou know instead of meeting at a hotel on the beach and drinking ourselves silly while the kids play in the surfAnd then I thought about that sentence BwahahahahahahahaNo JustnoSee you in Florida Jill I ll bring the blender

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A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ontinuous footpath in the world and it snakes through some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in Ameri Definitely read the book if you re a fan of the outdoors and hiking I learned about the book after watching the movie and let me say the book to me was much better

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A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail characters ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB D The Lost Continent comes this humorous report on his walk along the Appalachian Trail The Trail is the longest c Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail the grandaddy of long hikes but for me this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs I first read it sometime around 1999 and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times but it also inspired me to read at least a dozen other hiking adventures None have matched Bryson s wit Before he started writing long books on various aspects of history Bryson was known for his entertaining travelogues A Walk in the Woods was his humorous take on attempting a long distance hike of the Appalachian Trail which spans than 2100 miles from Georgia to Maine Here were his reasons for tryingIt would get me fit after years of waddlesome sloth It would be an interesting and reflective way to reacuaint myself with the scale and beauty of my native land after nearly twenty years of living abroad It would be useful I wasn t uite sure in what way but I was sure nonetheless to learn to fend for myself in the wilderness When guys in camouflage pants and hunting hats sat around in the Four Aces Diner talking about fearsome things done out of doors I would no longer have to feel like such a cupcake I wanted a little of that swagger that comes with being able to gaze at a far horizon through eyes of chipped granite and say with a slow manly sniff Yeah I ve shit in the woods And so Bryson plans his trip gets indignant over the high cost of outdoor euipment and recruits an old friend Stephen Katz to walk the trail with him Katz an overweight out of shape recovering alcoholic adds much hilarity to the adventure The first day on the trail Katz falls behind and has a fit throwing away a lot of supplies in an effort to lighten the load of his pack Later he gets lost during a stretch when they were dangerously low on water But he s so pathetic and funny that you forgive himMeanwhile Bryson was having his own problems that first dayIt was hell First days on hiking trips always are I was hopelessly out of shape hopelessly The pack weighed way too much Way too much I had never encountered anything so hard for which I was so ill prepared Every step was a struggle The hardest part was coming to terms with the constant dispiriting discovery that there is always hill The elusive summit continually retreats by whatever distance you press forward so that each time the canopy parts enough to give a view you are dismayed to see that the topmost trees are as remote as unattainable as before Still you stagger on What else can you doAfter a few days on the trail they met another hiker named Mary Ellen who leeched onto them She was from Florida and she was as Katz forever after termed her in a special tone of awe a piece of work She talked nonstop except when she was clearing out her eustachian tubes which she did freuently by pinching her nose and blowing out with a series of violent and alarming snorts of a sort that would make a dog leave the sofa and get under a table in the next room I have long known that it is part of God s plan for me to spend a little time with each of the most stupid people on earth and Mary Ellen was proof that even in the Appalachian woods I would not be sparedI m not going to retype entire pages but trust me that the conversations with Mary Ellen are one of the highlights of this book Bryson and Katz spend several weeks on the trail hiking 500 miles in their first section Then the two take a break and return home for a few weeks and Bryson resumes with some shorter hikes in New England Katz and Bryson reunite in Maine to hike a particularly daunting section of the trail called the Hundred Mile WildernessThe Appalachian Trail is the hardest thing I have ever done and the Maine portion was the hardest part of the Appalachian Trail and by a factor I couldn t begin to computeExhausted filthy and hungry the two abandon their trek in Maine and hitchhike to a small town where they re able to make their way home again I have regrets of course I regret that I didn t do Mount Katahdin though I will I promise you I will I regret that I never saw a bear or wolf or followed the padding retreat of a giant hellbender salamander never shooed away a bobcat or sidestepped a rattlesnake never flushed a startled boar I wish that just once I had truly stared death in the face briefly with a written assurance of survival But I got a great deal else from the experience I learned to pitch a tent and sleep beneath the stars For a brief proud period I was slender and fit I gained a profound respect for wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods I understand now in a way I never did before the colossal scale of the world I found patience and fortitude that I didn t know I had I had discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists Best of all these days when I see a mountain I look at it slowly and appraisingly with a narrow confident gaze and eyes of chipped graniteOne of the things I especially like about this book is the history that Bryson includes along the way He shares interesting stories about the areas he s passing through and about how the trail was built He also looks at America s uniue relationship with nature which includes some backwards policies of the US Forest Service and the Parks Service It s really a delight to readThis memoir has been criticized because Bryson doesn t hike the entire trail but regardless of the distance it s still a damn fine travelogue This was his experience on the AT which he shares with much humor and insight I don t care that he hiked only 870 miles out of 2100 the point was that he attempted it


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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson I am what some might call a pussy hiker I do genuinely enjoy a leisurely stroll in the “mountains” of Massachusetts and southern

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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ☆ 7 characters summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Bill Bryson I kind of surprised I liked this book at all because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I've never read a travelogue ANDc I'm only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I'm safely IndoorsSo color me shocked that I not only finished this but giggled my way through uite a bit of it Bryson really is a pretty funny writer and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times Hi

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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Bill Bryson summary A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail I'm no city mouse I'm a country mouse who lives in jeans and who often has a thick layer of soil under her nails from gardening But when compared to my brother I feel like BeyoncéMy brother is like Inman from Cold Mountain A man who walks and

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    Bill Bryson ☆ 7 characters (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson calls the Appalachian Trail the grandaddy of long hikes but for me this book is the granddaddy of hiking memoirs I first read it sometime around 1999 and I enjoyed it so much that not only have I reread this multiple times but it also inspired me to read at least a dozen other hiking adventures None have matched Bryson's wit Befo

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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson summary A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail Undoubtedly an amusing breezy read full of the kind of fun and hilarity all the blurbs lead you to expect For instance Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature Nonsense A moose is a cow draw

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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ☆ 7 characters Bill Bryson is extremely annoying I started out liking this book but the further I went along the obnoxious I found the auth

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    (A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail) PDF ½ Bill Bryson summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Bill Bryson Bill Bryson ☆ 7 characters Well scratch the Appalachian Trail off my bucketlist Bryson sets off to walk the Appalachian trail with only an extremely overpriced backpack packed with eually ridiculously expensive gear an old friend that he hadn't talked to in years and a will to find his next story He uickly realized that the months of preparation he conduct

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