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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest TrailWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In 2004 I hiked for four days on the Appalachian Trail and determined that this would be something I would do routinely, including leading up to a big, long backpacking trip. That has never materialized, though I'm still determined sometime to get a backpacking buddy or group of friends and start doing this regularly.

This book is very different from Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods. The latter was very much a hiking story, focusing on the trail itself -- its history, nature, the challenges of hiking, with meaningful and fun personal moments.

Wild is a memoir of finding oneself, wrestling with grief, divorce, and the need for some grounding. In order to do that Cheryl went backpacking one summer. At times I wanted to skim over the personal elements and backstory, as they weren't really what interested me. The adventures on the trail, the people she met, the natural settings, these are what I most liked.

I also read books like this, especially ones that have been bestsellers, wondering if there will be material to use in a sermon. I think this one will provide such.

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