Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Non-fiction/Travel

So I have to admit that I watched the movie before I read the book! And I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed both of them, which I cannot say for more than 1/2 of all book/movie combos that I've read/watched over the last few years. So even though I enjoyed the movie I was still skeptical going into this book, for one thing a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs through a section of Pennsylvania that I live less than a ten minute drive from so I hear a lot of people talk about the AT a lot, two my husband obsessively tells me at least twice a month that he would love to drop off the grid and hike the whole thing, and then third is the fact that I am not a hiker (though I would love to be, might be something to work on this year) I actually get winded walking down my driveway (so if I do work on it, it will be a slow go)! Bryson goes into great detail about the origins of the trail and he also skims over its vast history. There is a lot of geological talk (obviously) and there is flora/fauna and wild animal talk, but I got so much more from it I laughed, sometimes so hard I had tears in my eyes, I also felt inspired to walk since the invention of video games, and last but not least I truly wanted to go exploring to see something that not many people get to see. So even though some parts of the book drug on due to the dry nature of geological talk I really felt inspired by it and if that is all you get from a book then you came out more ahead at the end of it then when you started it, I guess the same could be said for the trail.

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