Saturday, September 19, 2015

Expanding My Horizons Through Reading

When I was younger, I did a lot of hiking that was a bit beyond my comfort zone. There was Precipice Trail in Acadia National Park. Parts of the trail involve ascending via metal ladder rungs pounded into rock, and the drop (if one looks down) can be frightening. There were other hikes on moderately difficult trails to mountain tops. And then there was Mount Washington in the White Mountains. Even though I was a somewhat experienced hiker, that one took 8 hours up and back. These days (many years later) I stick to easy to moderately easy hikes. My mountain hiking isn't over, but I always take the less challenging routes.

Stumbling Thru, a book by A. Digger Stolz

Suffice it to say that even in my younger years I never contemplated thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. But because I know people who would like to, I've been looking at books on the topic. And of course, I ate up Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods many years ago (haven't seen the movie yet. I worry that I'll be disappointed). While I'll never hike the AT, I like reading about people who take to the trail.

So I'm currently enjoying a book (volume 1 of 2) called Stumbling Thru: Hike Your Own Hike by A. Digger Stolz. Although the author has thru-hiked the trail, these books are fiction. With an entertaining cast of characters, the book is proving to be a fast and enjoyable read.

I love reading fictional works (non-fiction, too) about topics where I have limited or no knowledge. This one fits the bill perfectly. I highly recommend it.

Have a great day!



Mary Preston said...

When I read I like to be entertained & informed. It's a great way to learn about all sorts of things & people & places.

I do enjoy Bill Bryson's books. Such a fabulous sense of humour. I think I might be disappointed by the movie too.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, yes, I saw the trailer, and it seemed a bit too much like slapstick in places. The book was funny, but not so over the top (or maybe it was just more amusing because words on paper are less in your face than the visual of a movie. I'm not sure). I'll probably watch it eventually, though.