Favorable Book Review, Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail
By Michael B “Mikey” (The woods of Tennessee) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian trail (Kindle Edition)
I’ve been reading all of the AT travelogue books these past few weeks, and this one was probably my fave (really liked AWOL and 300 Zeros too, but this one stood out).
I’ve noticed most books on the subject seem to talk about the personal struggles that one deals with as they walk 2100+ miles from Georgia to Maine, but this one was different–not as much aching feet and sore shoulders, but a whole lot more cold and wet. But the author did a wonderful job of describing some of the more difficult passages on the trail (and he didn’t pound the phrase ‘hike your own hike’ into the ground while doing it!), and a whole lot of interesting perspective on people and interpersonal relationships that form on the trail.
I found it amazing how unprepared he was as he started out (not even bringing a stove, for instance), and was still making ‘rookie mistakes’ even in Maine, which really gave the book an authentic feel.
Out of all the trail journals I’ve read so far, this one was the most interesting.