It's nice to hear someone else tells a story you can so identify with, because of the state of mind you are in, or life experiences you have had. That's how I felt, at times, reading this book; at other times I felt encouraged.
With so little preparation and know-how, her
decision to walk the Pacific Crest Trail is as rash, and reckless as her
turning to heroine. But this time she is earnest to find a way out of
the pain she has been carrying for four years, since she lost her
mother. She was 22, and her mother 45 then.
wilderness alone is no joke, and Cheryl details the seriousness and
intensity of doing such a thing well. Plus, having an untrained body,
shoes that don't fit properly, and a huge pack, a.k.a Monster, makes her
survival through the journey and arrival at her destination, Oregon,
incredulous. From black bears, fox, and humans she has encounters with
all species and as significant as it may sound, they are amazingly
She neither philosophize, nor dramatize; she chronicles her journey the way it happened. This, I appreciated very much.
Awards: Goodreads Choice Aware Memoirs and Autobiography
Published: March 2012