Awol on the Appalachian Trail

Author: David Miller

Publisher: Wingspan Press

ISBN: 1595940561

Category: Nature

Page: 222

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A 41-year-old engineer quits his job to hike the Appalachian Trail. This is a true account of his hike from Georgia to Maine, bringing to the reader the life of the towns and the people he meets along the way.
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From 35,000 Feet to the Appalachian Trail

Author: Rich Malagrifa

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514491443

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 234

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The Appalachian Trail, according to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world spanning 2,200 miles. Rich Malagrifa chronicled his journey through this legendary trail, interspersing it with stories of his flying adventures. In 2014, Malagrifa trekked the Appalachian Trail, an excursion that taught him many invaluable lessons on discipline and determination. He describes this real-life adventure in "From 35,000 Feet to the Appalachian Trail." The book includes snapshots of his career as a general aviation pilot, fighter pilot in the Air Force and commercial airline pilot. It is an interesting memoir filled with fascinating cross-sections of the author's life as a hiker and pilot and the interesting people that he met along the way. "From 35,000 Feet to the Appalachian Trail" is not just a personal narrative of a life well-lived, it is a universal tale of resilience, and the joy of a shared experience. This book will be of interest to people who enjoy nature hikes, high-flying adventures and inspiring true stories of dreams coming true.
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The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail

Community, Environment, and Belief

Author: Susan Power Bratton

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 1572338814

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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“Want to know what wilderness means to people who live it for over two thousand miles? Then read this extremely interesting, informative, intelligent, and thoughtful book.” —Roger S. Gottlieb, author of Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming “There is no doubt that Bratton’s book will be of value to students and scholars of leisure studies, recreation, and religion. Those who are familiar with the Appalachian Trail sense intuitively that a journey along its length kindles spiritual awakening; this book provides the hard data to prove it’s true.” —David Brill, author of As Far as the Eye Can See: Reflections of an Appalachian Trail Hiker The Appalachian Trail covers 2,180 miles, passing through fourteen states from Georgia to Maine. Each year, an estimated 2–3 million people visit the trail, and almost two thousand attempt a “thru-hike,” walking the entire distance of the path. For many, the journey transcends a mere walk in the woods and becomes a modern-day pilgrimage. In The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail: Community, Environment, and Belief, Susan Power Bratton addresses the spiritual dimensions of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT). Hikers often comment on how their experience as thru-hikers changes them spiritually forever, but this is the first study to evaluate these religious or quasireligious claims critically. Rather than ask if wilderness and outdoor recreation have benefits for the soul, this volume investigates specifically how long-distance walking might enhance both body and mind. Most who are familiar with the AT sense intuitively that a trek along its length kindles spiritual awakening. Using both a quantitative and qualitative approach, this book provides the hard data to support this notion. Bratton bases her work on five sources: an exhaustive survey of long-distance AT hikers, published trail diaries and memoirs, hikers? own logs and postings, her own personal observations from many years on the trail, and conversations with numerous members of the AT community, including the “trail angels,” residents of small towns along the path who attend to hikers? need for food, shelter, or medical attention. The abundant photographs reinforce the text and enable visualization of the cultural and natural context. This volume is fully indexed with extensive reference and notes sections and detailed appendixes. Written in an engaging and accessible style, The Spirit of the Appalachian Trail presents a full picture of the spirituality of the AT. Susan Power Bratton is professor of environmental studies. She is the author of Six Billion and More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics, Environmental Values in Christian Art, and Christianity, Wilderness, and Wildlife: The Original Desert Solitaire.
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Moon Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail

The Best Trail Towns, Day Hikes, and Road Trips In Between

Author: Timothy Malcolm

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1640492720

Category: Travel

Page: 350

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Whether you're stopping for a day trek or taking a weekend getaway, hit the road and hit the legendary trail with Moon Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail. Make your escape on shorter trips from major cities or drive the entire three-week route from Georgia to Maine Find your hike along the Appalachian Trail with detailed trail descriptions, mileage, difficulty ratings, and tips for picking the right section of the trail for you Discover adventures off the trail: Immerse yourself in the spirit of colorful trail towns, peep the changing leaves in the Berkshires, and cruise the sun-dappled Skyline Drive. Kick back after a day hike at a microbrewery in Asheville, dig in to southern barbecue (hey, you've earned it), or unwind in the coffee shops and art galleries of a hip New England hamlet Take it from avid hiker Timothy Malcolm, who shares his insight on the best views, waterfalls, mountains, and (of course!) breweries Full-color photos, strategic itineraries, easy-to-use maps and site-to-site driving times Get the lowdown on when and where to get gas, how to avoid traffic, and braving different road and weather conditions, plus tips for LGBTQ travelers, seniors, and road-trippers with kids With Moon Drive & Hike Appalachian Trail's practical tips and local know-how, you're ready to lace up your hiking boots, pick a trailhead, and embark on your adventure. Looking to explore more of America on wheels? Try Moon Nashville to New Orleans Road Trip. Doing more than driving through? Check out Great Smoky Mountains National Park or Moon Carolinas & Georgia.
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A Walk Across Michigan

Hiking the Michigan Shore-To-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail

Author: Will Swartz

Publisher: Will Swartz

ISBN: 9780996793278

Category:

Page: 212

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"Hey! ----Aren't you supposed to be working?!" And yet, here you are searching for another good book to read ---in the hiking section of all places. Does that mean you've thought about going on a backpacking adventure of your own, like all the people who through-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT)? Me too. Do you long to reconnect with America, like Bill Bryson in A Walk in the Woods? Or, become a trail legend and icon, like David Miller, in Awol on the Appalachian Trail? Or, are you searching for a long term hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), like Cheryl Strayed, in Wild, as a way to get back to Nature to heal your soul? Good luck! I don't think your boss will give you 6 months off work to go do that. That's why I wrote the book, A Walk Across Michigan: Hiking the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail. There's a trail that cuts across the middle of Michigan that's perfect for people like us. I know because I hiked it. The Shore-to-Shore (STS) is 232.1 miles long and is an ideal path for someone who is looking to do a longer hike but doesn't have a lot of time. It's also a great choice for those who need a trail for a shakedown run and it is newbie hiker friendly. You probably haven't heard of the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail yet because the trail name is too long to put on a tee shirt and also because it is a well guarded secret! I sent an email to Chris Santella and Bob Peixotto to add the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail to their book, Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die, but they are busy guys so it might not be on their radar. Please, don't tell the people in Ohio about it or they will start coming up and hiking it, too. Just like how they come up in the summer to rent all the cottages and clog up our great beaches. Anyway, I'm not some big time author with a massive budget and an army of marketing minions to do the fancy book descriptions, set up signings, or arrange interviews on talk shows in order to persuade you to buy this book. However, as an accomplished user of bullets in all my college research papers, I can give you a lot of reasons to buy this book and tag along vicariously with me: You'll get smart! It's packed with information about a very cool trail for hikers and horseback riders. It's an easy hike! Reading this book means no smoke in the eyes, bugs, or stinky body parts normally associated with hiking You'll get smarter! Fascinating detours to learn about history stuff like the logging industry in Michigan, animals, rare birds and even ants! It will make you want to go hiking You will have fun Mom says I am a good writer, a fun storyteller and I walked at 9 months, which undoubtedly was an indicator that I would be a famous hiker someday You get free refills on beverages of your choice (pickup only) while you sit in your favorite chair to read this. It's got pictures and maps You get to hang with me! Written by a librarian (which automatically raises the cool factor). BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!! BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!! BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!! If you can see the line above and the text is visible and not flashing, the subliminal plug-in is not working. Please refresh your screen rapidly until you feel an urge to purchase something. Thank you! Ok. Like Dad used to say, "Time to fish or cut bait." You comin' with us or what?! Push that buy button and get back to work, where you can pretend to be slaving over a spread sheet or doing something productive while you dream about our great adventure. See you on the other side!
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Walking on the Wild Side

Long-Distance Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Author: Kristi M. Fondren

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813571901

Category: Nature

Page: 164

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The most famous long-distance hiking trail in North America, the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail—the longest hiking-only footpath in the world—runs along the Appalachian mountain range from Georgia to Maine. Every year about 2,000 individuals attempt to “thru-hike” the entire trail, a feat equivalent to hiking Mount Everest sixteen times. In Walking on the Wild Side, sociologist Kristi M. Fondren traces the stories of forty-six men and women who, for their own personal reasons, set out to conquer America’s most well known, and arguably most social, long-distance hiking trail. In this fascinating in-depth study, Fondren shows how, once out on the trail, this unique subculture of hikers lives mostly in isolation, with their own way of acting, talking, and thinking; their own vocabulary; their own activities and interests; and their own conception of what is significant in life. They tend to be self-disciplined, have an unwavering trust in complete strangers, embrace a life of poverty, and reject modern-day institutions. The volume illuminates the intense social intimacy and bonding that forms among long-distance hikers as they collectively construct a long-distance hiker identity. Fondren describes how long-distance hikers develop a trail persona, underscoring how important a sense of place can be to our identity, and to our sense of who we are. Indeed, the author adds a new dimension to our understanding of the nature of identity in general. Anyone who has hiked—or has ever dreamed of hiking—the Appalachian Trail will find this volume fascinating. Walking on the Wild Side captures a community for whom the trail is a sacred place, a place to which they have become attached, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
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Mennonites and Media: Mentioned in It, Maligned by It, and Makers of It

How Mennonites Have Been Portrayed in Media and How They Have Shaped Media for Identity and Outreach

Author: Steven P. Carpenter

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877735

Category: Religion

Page: 226

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Anabaptists and Mennonites have often been the subject of media scrutiny: sometimes admired, at other times maligned. Luther called them schwarmar, a German word meaning "fanatics" that alludes to a swarm of bees. In contrast, American independent film producer John Sayles drew inspiration from Mennonite conscientious objectors for his 1987 award-winning film, Matewan. Voltaire's Candide features a virtuous Anabaptist. Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Earnest contains an Anabaptist reference. An Anabaptist chaplain is central to Joseph Heller's antiwar classic, Catch-22. President Lincoln and General Stonewall Jackson both had something to say about Mennonites. Garrison Keillor tells Mennonite jokes. These are just a few of the dozens of fascinating media references, dating from the early 1500s through the present, which are chronicled and analyzed here. Mennonites, although often considered media-shy, have in fact used media to great advantage in shaping their faith and identity. Beginning with the Martyrs Mirror, this book examines the writings of Mennonite authors John Howard Yoder, Donald Kraybill, Rudy Wiebe, Rhoda Janzen, and Malcolm Gladwell. Citing books, film, art, theater, and Ngram, the online culturomic tool developed by Harvard University and Google, the author demonstrates that Mennonites "punch above their weight class" in the media, and especially in print.
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The Trail

Author: Ray Anderson

Publisher: Turner

ISBN: 9781630269821

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Paul Leroux is a serial killer wanted for murdering women in North Carolina. When the police start to catch up with Leroux, he panics and decides to escape to Canada on the Appalachian Trail, where thru-hikers use trail names and travel anonymously. Leroux, who is overweight and unhealthy, struggles at first on the trail but begins to relax as he gets stronger and can utilize the physical changes he gains from his intense hiking as a disguise. His urge to kill, however, is invigorated by the nearness of female hikers, and his intention to stay away from them on his trip begins to weaken. His life is further complicated when Desert Storm veteran Karl Bergman, who is also trying to escape his own failure, becomes suspicious of Leroux and begins to pay careful attention to his every move. Leroux becomes increasingly panicked as he realizes that both Bergman and the police are close on his tail as he races to the border hoping to find a haven with his Canadian family. In this cat-and-mouse thriller, Ray Anderson dives inside two men s minds as they struggle to fight their identities and confront their fears and internal turmoil."
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The Divide

An Awol Thriller Book 3

Author: Ray Anderson

Publisher: Turner

ISBN: 9781684425181

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Page: N.A

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In this new Awol Thriller, homegrown terrorists plot to blow up a major water tunnel under the Continental Divide in Colorado- the responsibility falls on troubled hiker and reluctant hero, Karl Bergman to uncover their plan and stop them.
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Sierra

Author: Ray Anderson

Publisher: Turner

ISBN: 9781681626215

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Even in the wilderness, trouble seems to find Karl Bergman. Years after his run-in with a serial killer on the Appalachian Trail, Bergman sets out on a thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail with his dog, Blazer, with hopes of returning home a better man. But the discovery of a dead body on the outskirts of the Anza-Borrego Desert threatens to embroil Bergman in another violent chain of events with even higher stakes than his previous ordeal. This time his adversary is not just one man as the dead body appears to be linked to a drug cartel using mules to move product from Mexico to Canada. An uneasy alliance with a San Diego narcotics officer makes things more difficult, but when Bergman reconnects with his estranged son Kenny, a sophomore at UCLA, he puts both of them in grave danger that can only be escaped by bringing down the cartel's operation.
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