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I always admired a college friend's choice to hike the Appalachian Trail after graduation. While I considered what I was doing post-graduation in New York as roughing it - broke, crappy roach-infested apartment in Queens, sleeping on a mattress on the floor - he was really roughing it. For over 2000 miles. He didn't blog, or share much of his journey at the time (this was pre-social media for the most part), but when we did reconnect about a year ago, I enjoyed looking through his photos on Facebook. I even thought about hiking the trail in pieces. So when a friend recommended Cheryl Strayed's Wild to me, I knew I would love it. And I did. I read the whole book, which details a young woman's brave Pacific Crest Trail hike, last Saturday at my parents house. And of course, my hiking fantasies are once again fueled. Have you read it?


Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Sarah

My husband hiked the PCT during college (minus a snowy part in Washington State) and just read Wild. He loved it, and it’s the next book I plan to read. We just spent a long weekend hiking in Yosemite, so I can relate to your hiking fantasies. Big time.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by mandie

I just downloaded the audio book onto my phone yesterday- am just waiting to finish The Paris Wife before I start another book. :)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Nichole

Sarah -

SO cool. It takes so much courage and resolve to do it. I’m definitely upping my game on the hikes. My 2-mile stints near our home aren’t cutting it. ;)

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by pam

it’s next up for me. been dying to read it since i saw this http://tinyurl.com/ctllbul

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Ashely

Yes, loved it! I live in the Pacific NW so it really hit home.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Jen

I am not a camper. I’ve camped three times and hiked three mountains in the Adirondacks. All three times, I then spoiled myself (and my boyfriend at the time) with a stay in Lake Placid after each hike.

So after reading this book I was surprised with my overwhelming desire to go back out and hike/camp through the Adirondacks. It’s a little more difficult to do this now that I no longer live in the Capital Region (and call Manhattan home) but the fantasy is still there.

I may be fooling myself and really just want to do this so I can build a fire and make s’mores. S’mores are the best.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by michelle

I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list! Glad to hear good reviews.

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Karstee

I haven’t read this, but it is on my list. If your hiking interests have been piqued you should definitely check out the movie The Way. So good!

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Happy Weekend! Links / Aug 17 | The Fete Blog

[…] inspired by: -Little Brown Pen’s write-up of the book Wild– anyone up for hiking the Appalachian Trail sometime?? -Elsie’s tips for laying out […]

Jul 20, 2014 • Posted by Su

I’ve read it! And I have no intention of ever hiking anything that lasts more than a day. But still enjoyed the book a lot.

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