Staff Picks: Trail Tales

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Before Bill Bryson took a Walk in the Woods, before Cheryl Strayed went Wild and before Oprah and Gayle Went to Yosemite there was a little old lady in sneakers who thru- hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT).

grandma gatewoodGrandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail tells this semi-forgotten, remarkable story of a 67-year old grandmother of 11 children and 23 grandchildren who decided  one day she had enough of a difficult home situation and took off from Ohio to hike the AT. In 1955, she used no modern camping/hiking equipment, no special hiking boots, just tennis shoes, a flash light, some provisions and a few other items. A documentary is being made about her life and her influence to preserve and promote the AT.

Other  trail tales include:

Blind Courage by Bill Irwin

A faith-filled,  incredible true story of a blind man and his dog, Orient, who thru-hiked the trail in 1990.

In Beauty May She Walk

At the age of 60, Leslie Mass decided to finally head out to do what she had long dreamed of: hike the entire AT.

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail  by David Miller

He also has a companion SectionHiker website chock full of information and advice for preparing to hike.

For an overview of the history and development of the AT, with lots of photos, there’s The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail published to celebrate the trail’s 75th anniversary.

In addition, the library has a number of books about specific segments, sections of the AT listed in the catalog under:

Appalachian Trail – guidebooks

If you just want to start in Virginia, check under: Hiking – Virginia

Looking for a good book Check out our Staff Picks and Book Club Recommendations. And don’t forget, to stop by any library location and get your Beach Read Bingo game card during our 2015 adult summer reading program. The more you read (and the more cards you turn in) the better your chances of winning our grand prize – a Kindle Fire!

Happy trails (and tales).

Fran, Tech Services, Warrenton central library

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