WILD by Cheryl Strayed will impress you with it's honesty.
This is the memoir of Strayed,
who at the age of twenty six, is "lost."
She is dealing with the death of her mother,
four years previously.
She has had a failed marriage.
She is dabbling with heroin in her present relationship.
Impulsively she decides to undertake a 1100 mile solo hike
of the Pacific Crest Trail
in an attempt to,
"come to terms with her life."
The Pacific Crest Trail is a wilderness trail.
It is rugged.
There are bears, rattlesnakes,
snow and ice.
Added to those are her
too heavy backpack,
(her description of trying to physically lift
her pack after loading it with her supplies,
is laugh-out-loud funny)
boots that aren't the right fit,
hunger and thirst,
and her total lack of experience as a hiker.
Before her first night on the trail,
she had never backpacked before.
Image of Strayed on the trail
from Google Images
But Strayed has true grit.
She puts one foot in front on the other
and makes the trek.
She shares her trials,
and her experiences.
I fully recommend this book.
It was a gift from my daughter for my birthday.
When she gave it to me I thought to myself,
"Okay... not really into hiking,
but I'll give it a try."
After the first couple of pages,
I couldn't put it down.
(Thank you Kate, loved it!)