A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

walk in the woodsA “Walk in the Woods” follows the adventures of Bill Bryson and his friend, Katz, both unfit, portly and poorly prepared, as they begin to trek the  2000 odd mile long Appalachian Trail in North America. Adding to the degree of difficulty, the pair are burdened with packs carrying their supplies, warm clothing, rain gear and tents, while they struggle along rugged terrain through snow and pelting rain.

This book is humourous and informative, having you laughing out loud, while relaying interesting information about the history of the Trail and some of the imprudent decisions of previous National Park Authourities. It is an enjoyable read that reminds us how important contact with nature is to our psyche and how walking out your back door can be the start of a great adventure.