Wednesday, August 19, 2009

More than a walk in the park

Title: A Walk in the Woods
Author: Bill Bryson

This is one of those books that nearly everyone who knows me has recommended I read at one point or another. I can see why--it's funny as hell.

It's also packed with information on the Appalachian Trail, the National Parks system, the National Forest Service, the history of the east coast, and... how not to hike the Appalachian Trail. As I was reading it, someone told me that a lot of backpackers don't like it, because most people assume that Bryson through-hiked the AT (that's what backpackers call it when you take a few month's sabbatical and hike the whole damn mess in one shot), and he didn't. But he makes it a point to remind you of that several times in the book. Yes, he says he "hiked the Appalachian Trail," but he makes it clear that he did not hike all of the Appalachian Trail.

Fine. Big deal. He still writes a hugely entertaining and informative book about the AT and the people who love it. Even if you don't agree with him, it's still a fun trip.

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