A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail kindle ´ Mass Market Paperback read ☆ bill bryson

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A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail kindle ´ Mass Market Paperback read ☆ bill bryson Á The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America—majestic mountaUst foolhardy folks he meets along the way and a couple of bears Already a classic A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read i Definitely read the book if you're a fan of the outdoors and hiking I learned about the book after watching the movie and let me say the book to me was much better

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The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America majestic mountains silent forests sparking lakes If you’re going to take a hik I kind of surprised I liked this book at all because a I read pathetically little non fiction b I've never read a travelogue ANDc I'm only a fan of the Great Outdoors as long as I'm safely IndoorsSo color me shocked that I not only finished this but giggled my way through uite a bit of it Bryson really is a pretty funny writer and the way he captured his experience on the Appalachian Trail had me in tears a few times His fears about getting mauled by a bear among other things before he started off were especially hysterical and maybe that's because I could see a lot of myself in his initial terror of spending so much time surrounded byNATURENow there was a decent sized chunk towards the middle of the book that I just had to grit my teeth and push on through Bryson's friend Katz wasn't with him during this portion and the difference in the tone of the writing is really noticeable Lots and lots and lots of mind numbing details about the Trail and very little of his experiences And while all of that sort of info is relevant to the book it's also the main reason that I don't actively seek out non fiction or travelogues Eventually Katz comes back to finish out the hike and the story vastly improves but it never managed to recapture the humor or spirit that it had in the beginning But that's only MY opinionAnd I really did enjoy the last bits of the book a lot Especially the moments between Katz Bryson there towards the endOverall I'd say this was a winner And even if the whole thing wasn't to my liking the first half was an easy 5 star read for meIn fact it made me want to call up my BFF to see if she wanted to take the kids camping this summer so we could poop near a waterfallYou know instead of meeting at a hotel on the beach and drinking ourselves silly while the kids play in the surfAnd then I thought about that sentence BwahahahahahahahaNo JustnoSee you in Florida Jill I'll bring the blender

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A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian TrailE it’s probably the place to go And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaining guide you’ll find He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy or j I'm no city mouse I'm a country mouse who lives in jeans and who often has a thick layer of soil under her nails from gardening But when compared to my brother I feel like BeyoncéMy brother is like Inman from Cold Mountain A man who walks and walks all over AppalachiaHe knows how to forage for food and how to identify what is good and what is bad out in nature I can point to anything within the plant kingdom and he knows its name He composts all of his own waste and leaves a very faint footprint on our planetHe's also you know a little crazy when it comes to the whole walking thingMy brother has thru hiked the Appalachian Trail once in its entirety and has section hiked than 900 miles of favorite parts of it at other times He walks or hikes 5 25 miles a day and he's currently on the Pacific Crest Trail somewhere in Northern California at the time of this writingHe's a walker and even though I ALSO walk and hike my habits apparently look like small potatoes to him When he was here in May at our house preparing to head out to hike the PCT he was nudging me emphatically to hike the Appalachian Trail soonHe was doing this nudging as all three of my kids were in the kitchen with me and one of them was literally hanging on to my leg Both dogs were starving staring at me as we talked our cats were walking in and out of the house yowling for food and my husband was outside pulling weedsI must have looked at him like he was an idiot I sputtered out something in annoyance like “I have responsibilities Maybe someday like when we're retired??” And maybe not then either?The compromise we reached was that instead of starting the AT on that day I would commit to reading Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods while he was out on the PCT Fair enough I finished it todayHere's what I have to sayI love Bill Bryson when he's funny like when he's making social observations or in the case of this story out hiking with his friend Stephen Katz and the hilarious commentary that ensuesI don't love Bill Bryson when he bores me to bits breaking off from the funny story to describe geological phenomenons or maps or the National Park system in the United States Be humorous OR be didactic Bill but please don't be both I would never hike one of these trails without an entourage bear spray a billy club andor a baseball bat and an INCREDIBLE SENSE OF HUMORAfter reading Bryson's book I would like to hike at least part of the Appalachian Trail someday if only to write about it I believe that my desire to pepper spray any strange looking man on the trail without a moment's hesitation may make for some interesting writing Plus I'd be sure to scream at every snake and I'd probably be stupid enough to play with a bear cub They're so cutePersonally I wanted to know a LOT about these freaks in the shelter at night and way details on where and how they all went to the bathroom shudder and I felt completely let down that Bryson and his companion hiked so little of the actual trailHonestly the book was so boring in the middle when they gave up on the trail the first time that I could barely summon the interest to read it againI think I need to stop thinking of Bryson as a humorist like Dave Barry He does make me laugh but he does drone on too about things that interest me not I've reached a weird point with him where I'm not sure I want to continue reading Four stars for some memorable descriptions of a few of the hikers and several hearty laughs And fingers crossed for the safe return home of my brother