A Walk in the Woods
Another great read from Bill Bryson, which will make you laugh out loud in some places and nearly cry in others. I almost wanted to grab some gear and set out on the Appalachian Trail myself, ...almost.
With a keen eye for detail, Bryson fills us in, not only on the history of the trail, but the current state of it. Even though the trail is surrounded by millions of people as it cuts its way from Northern Georgia to Maine, hardly anyone knows it as well as the few hardy souls who dare to conquer it from end to end each year. The rest of us would probably be happier to drive along Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina or visit the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and view the magnificent vistas without necessarily feeling the need to become one with the elements. But thanks to Bill Bryson and his friend, Stephen Katz, we can follow their ups and downs as they try to claim the trail as there own. With humor and a loving regard for nature, Bryson takes us through a national treasure that we should probably all appreciate and experience more than we do.
This book will make you happy that there is still someone out there up for an adventure and able to spin an engaging tale for the rest of us to enjoy from the comforts of home. This is clearly the best of travel writing.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.