“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”
So begins A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. And so begins an entertaining adventure along the Appalachian Trail lived vicariously through Bill.
I loved Bill Bryson’s honesty throughout the book, which you get a taste of on the second page when he lists as one of his many reasons for doing the AT that he “won’t have to feel like such a cupcake” compared to the hunters who swap grizzly stories at the local diner.
Bill does a great job of weaving the history, flora, and fauna of the trail and area into his telling of his time on the AT.
I really enjoy reading about different perspectives / experiences on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.
The movie A Walk in the Woods is semi-loosely based on the book and is also enjoyable.