Backpacks and energy bars

For some reason I love hiking memoirs even though I’ve never been hiking. Why is that, do you suppose?

Anyway, here are three of my favorites.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

I picked this up on a whim from the Borders “buy two get one free” table many years ago because I liked the cover. Little did I know I was helping myself to a tome by someone who would become my favorite writers of all time. OF ALL TIME! Everything Bill Bryson writes is gold. He has a book about the history of houses that I’ve read twice in quick succession. But it’s his travel writing that makes me lightheaded with envy — jealous of the places he’s going, and the way he’s writing.

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

This I bought for the Kindle because it was on sale for $3.99. It shouldn’t be interesting — it’s pretty much a straight travelogue — but it is! I was rapt! TELL ME ABOUT HOW THE TENT WAS A LITTLE HARD TO SET UP TODAY, DAVE!

After reading these two books, the Appalachian Trail is squarely on my to-do list. I may have to toughen up a bit first, but surely only a little.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Everybody — including Oprah — is crazy for this book right now, and I have to say I liked it a lot, though it’s my third-favorite of the ones listed here. She talks a lot about her feelings and really, I just wanted to hear about her water pump.



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2 responses to “Backpacks and energy bars

  1. Lori

    No joke…(1) I was JUST wondering about your most recent blog post and why I hadn’t seen it. (2) I was SERIOUSLY JUST thinking about Bill Bryson’s book and how I need to read it before December. In spirit, I’ll take you and Bill along on my December, 26-mile hike. 26 miles!!!

    Keep the posts coming. Loving it.

  2. (6)

    Hey, I just started reading A Walk in the Woods! Love Bryson and love laughing at the way he describes things. I finished Wild not too long ago and really liked it. Made me want to do the PCT. The AT seems awesome, but PCT seems more rugged and beautiful. Also, because I just used those acronyms, I am already hiking expert.

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