Upon my return to the Shenandoah Valley I looked to find a book that would help me better understand and appreciate the region to which I was returning. Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail proved to be the guide I needed and much more.
Having travelled, and walked, much of the world already, Bryson decides he will hike the 2,100 mile expanse that is the Appalachian Trail after discovering part of the trail in the backyard of his New Hampshire home. The comic adventure that follows introduces the reader to the history, dangers, geography and the remarkable journey of this author and long time friend as they meander their way North from Georgia to Maine.
Artfully written, Bryson uses this book to inform the reader of the change occurring throughout the wilderness that sits not too far from the metropolises of the East Coast. A trail theorized to be a grand spectacle, but realized on a lesser scale. One which makes the trail a much more enjoyable, peaceful but dangerous journey.
A Walk in the Woods excited me about the area I was to live, encouraged me to explore my surroundings and move away from the technology that envelopes our lives. A quick but worthwhile read I would recommend to any reader.
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