Imagine walking 1100 miles over three months with a back pack weighing far more than anyone else you meet on your travels. Now imagine this is the first real hike you have ever been on. Sounds a little wild doesn’t it?
In Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
, Cheryl Strayed recounts how, four years after her mother died, and while her own marriage was ending, she decides to walk the Pacific Crest Trail. She encounters rattle snakes, snow too high to walk through, and a series of other unplanned situations. As her path and circumstances change again and again, Cheryl keeps going. One of the quotes in Wild
comes from Emily Dickinson, “If your nerve, deny you. Go above your nerve.” Watching this spirit unfold in Wild
is what makes it such an absorbing read.