After graduating from college, Jennifer isn’t sure what she wants to do with her life. She is drawn to the Appalachian Trail, a 2175-mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she’s crazy, she sets out alone to hike the trail, hoping it will give her time to think about what she wants to do next. The next four months are the most physically and emotionally challenging of her life. She quickly discovers that thru-hiking is harder than she had imagined: coping with blisters and aching shoulders from the 30-pound pack she carries; sleeping on the hard wooden floors of trail shelters; hiking through endless torrents of rain and even a blizzard. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over-confident college graduate to a student of the trail, braving situations she never imagined before her thru-hike. The trail is full of unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor. And when tragedy strikes, she learns that she can depend on other people to help her in times of need.
My normal policy is to only read books that are for entertainment only. This normally eliminates non-fiction books. After a couple of mediocre fantasy novels, I thought I may need to revise that policy, so I picked up this book. I had no previous knowledge of thru- hiking and have only done 3-4 miles max on a trail, so the concept was new. I enjoyed the sample, but once I started reading the book, I got bored. She hikes, she gets hungry and wet and tired- day after day. She meets some good people and some bad. And, she talks about God…I wish that had been on a warning sticker. I signed up to read about hiking, not about her religion. To be fair, I only got 54% of the way through the book. But, I’m done. Life is too short for this mess.