March 02, 2018

#BookishTravels with @adivineeternity: Take a hike!

Hello! Welcome back to Bookish Travels. I'm continuing to be your host for this delightful trip to all the bookish corners of the world. Each week, I'll feature a book, a place, a library or bookstore, or basically anything else of my choosing for your armchair traveling pleasures.

This week, we're going to take a look at a place I want to go thanks to a book I read. While technically it is Hogwarts because it's basically always Hogwarts, that is not the topic of this post. In fact, this is from a vastly different type of adventure than anything Harry and his friends experienced in their six years at Hogwarts. It's a little closer to their seventh year, but not really since nobody was on the run from evil people wanting to kill them.

Image from VisitNC

Introducing the Appalachian Trail, inspiration for multiple travel memoirs over the last few decades. The most famous of these, perhaps, is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

I first read this book when I was 17 and a senior in high school. What caught my attention the most was the juxtaposition of good-hearted humor on Bryson's part - not surprising considering it's Bill Bryson - alongside a healthy dose of history about the trail itself. I could envision myself walking along the trail with him and ever since, I've wanted to hike it.

Yes, I am well aware that being braced by a sudden desire to hike a 2,180-mile trail for no other reason then Bill Bryson did it and it was funny is utterly insane. I am also aware that my current fitness level is equivalent to an obese greyhound and that I pant going up the stairs to catch the train every day for work. This level of self-awareness is something I've worked hard to attain throughout my life. That doesn't mean I couldn't do a couple of shorter hikes along some of the easier segments.

What you may not realize is that NYC is actually within very easy reach of a portion of the trail, which passes just a few dozen miles to the north of the city. I keep thinking it'd make for a fantastic day trip to be able to walk part of the world-famous trail with my camera in-hand, even though it's not a part that Bill Bryson got to experience in his book.

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