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Wild

By walking on 2013.09.10 In Inspiration

Last year I was recommended to read Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

“At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

The subtitle “From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” explains a lot about the book. It’s about her getting so frustrated her only way out seemed to go hiking. I’ve read a lot of critic against the book since she’s so naïve and not really knowing what she does. To me this is her story and sure it might not be the world’s greatest book writing wise but that’s not why I read it. I wanted to read her story and see what it had been like to her. After this book together with hiking longer than anticipated around Bexells Talking Stones last Spring the hiking bug really bit me.

Cheryl starts about why she hikes the trail in 1995 and where she was in her life then. To me the part of when she first packs her backpack and her talk about that waiting so late with the packing was not wise, made me think it’ll be an honest story about her hiking experience. Later on in the book she discusses just how naive she was when setting out on this hike not really knowing anything about it. But that’s life at the same time. Testing something and finding if it’s something for you or not. Sometimes you’re lucky like she was and it turned out to be one of the best things she could have done at that point in her life.

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