Friday, March 4, 2016
The Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
When I was in my 40's and very fit I thought about hiking the Appalachian trail. I didn't want to do it by myself. I wanted someone with me if an emergency arose. Had I read the following book I may of rethought it.
I certainly felt like a whimp after reading Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. Emma Gatewood was 67 years old when she started the Appalachian trail. She didn't have hiking boots, she wore Keds sneakers. To protect her from rain she had a shower curtain. This 5 foot 2 inch wonder carried a 12 pound sack which included bullion cubes for nourishment.
Her walk took place in 1955, when america was kinder. She would knock on a strangers door and ask if she could have shelter for the night. Some people provided not only a bed but a warm dinner and additional food for the journey.
This is a fantastic book and I just happen to see it on my audio book list. When I finished the book I searched for additional information on Emma. About Emma has photos of the sneakers she wore, Emma with her sack and many other articles about this amazing lady.
Maybe you will become inspired after reading the book. You might not hike the trail but try something new. A new challenge awaits.