I recently picked up a copy of Bill Bryson's, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, and so far it is fascinating. Although it was first released in 1998, I've only recently come across it.
Actually, having had the pleasure of hiking through some of the trails on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario Canada with friends of ours, the sub title really piqued my interest.
The synopsis of the book from his web site says;
"The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America.
"At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing tics, the occasional chuckling murderer and – perhaps most alarming of all – people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.
"Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime’s ambition – not to die outdoors."
And Mr. Bryson's sense of humor is simply fantastic, just adding to the pleasure of his extraordinary descriptive style.
Another book by Bryson you might enjoy, at least I did, is his A Short History of Nearly Everything.
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I really hope you get a copy. It's just wonderful.
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