Just finished reading Skywalker, Close encounters on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Walker.
Good light read, and one that potentially saved me lots of money. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a through hike of the Appalachian or the Pacific Crest trail as one of those these I’d like to do before I die.
Having read this, it seems to be one of those many trips best enjoyed vicariously. Way too many descriptions of nights spent on cold mountains, soaked to the bones and fighting off hypothermia. Way too many weeks preoccupied with how to deal with bears should one attack (one close encounter). When a night’s sleep in the bathrooms at Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies is the subject of joyful anticipation, I gain some appreciation for my wind-blocking walls, my sturdy roof, and my comfy bed.
Enjoyed the book, and recommend it to anyone who thinks s/he might have the hiking bug. At the very least, it is a good reality check.
I’ll be sticking to day hikes (well, maybe a section hike someday).