Here is a list of 8 books that I have read in the past few months that will tug at your inner adventurer and wanderlust.
1. The New American Road Trip Mix tape. by Brendan Leonard
Following in Kerouac and Steinbeck’s tire tracks, a 32-year-old, post-breakup Brendan Leonard hits the road in search of healing and a new, post-economic-downturn American Dream. Sleeping in the back of a beat-up station wagon, he seeks answers—and hopefully, the occasional shower—in the postcard-worthy places of the American West. Learn More.
2. The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett
It’s a lesson Keith Foskett soon learns the hard way, having to deal with blisters and other physical ailments, as well as his inherent phobia of snakes, spiders, bears, getting dirty and camping in the woods after dark. With the harsh winter looming, he enters into a desperate race against time, facing a dangerous, physical and very real threat to become the last Englishman to complete the greatest long distance walking trail on Earth. Learn More!
3. Life on Fire by Kim Dinan
Life On Fire will teach you what to expect as you begin to walk the path to your dreams. From helping you to connect with the voice of your soul, to overcoming fear and obstacles, dealing with naysayers, and handling the inevitable realities of sacrifice and failure, Life On Fire will give you the tools you need to prepare for your life’s most important journey. Learn More!
4. One Tough Mother by Gert Boyle.
When a heart attack claimed Gert Boyle’s husband in 1970, the forty-six-year-old housewife and mother of three found herself at the helm of Columbia Sportswear, a small outerwear manufacturer in Portland, Oregon, that was struggling financially. Learn More!
5. No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan
In dramatic narrative form, Keoghan transports the reader from Yucatan Jungle to the African Congo, from the depths of an underwater cave to the top of an erupting volcano. But this is no armchair traveler book. It is an urgent call to action, inspiring and enabling people to overcome fear and seek out memorable experiences of their own. With his fresh and compelling N.O.W. philosophy, this is a book that will help us all dream more freely and live more fully. Learn More!
6. I Travel Light The man who walked out of the world. A Greenman
The answer is ‘less stress, more time’. To have this he must do without many of the things that cost him so much money, work less and provide for his own basic human needs, self-sufficiently. (This book is not BASED on a true story, it IS a true story, experienced by the author and written in the style of a novel, generating the central character, ‘Adam’, the ‘A’ of pseudonym ‘A. Greenman’.) Learn More!
7. Four Boots One Journey by Jeff Alt.
A Hike for Mike.Jeff Alt takes you along on an entertaining adventure on the John Muir Trail with his new wife, Beth. With dust still on his boots from his 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail journey, Jeff convinces Beth, a woman who prefers hotels, hot showers and warm beds, to chuck her domesticated ways and walk the entire John Muir Trail (JMT). The JMT is over 218-miles of rugged remote mountain terrain, traversing three national parks, including the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States. Learn More!
8. 46 Days Keeping up with Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Appalachian Trail by Brew Davis and Jennifer Pharr Davis 46 Days chronicles the trials, successes, joys, and frustrations of Jennifer Pharr Davis’s record-winning Appalachian Trail thru-hike through the eyes of her husband, Brew Davis. Brew lead her pit crew, the group of generous, loving hikers who supported Jen along the way, providing company along the epic trail and as much food as Jen could stomach. Learn More!
“The Appalachian Trail : How to Prepare for & Hike It” by Jan D. Curran is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to hike the AT or just wanting to know what it is like to hike the AT. As the title suggests it is more informational than a hiking story. There are lists of which books to read to learn the history of the area, gear suggestions, and my favorite part a list of all of the post offices no more than a few miles off the trail. The one thing I might warn you is the gear information is a little dated however many of the brands that are recommended are still top of many backpackers gear lists just not the models. I highly recommend this as a must read for any aspiring thru-hiker.
Over the weekend I finished reading “Five Million Steps” by Lon Chenowith. What a great book. I felt like I was right there on the trail with him. His observations and ability to capture even the littlest details in his writing was amazing. If you plan on hiking the AT or just would like to learn more about it I highly recommend this book.
Here is a description of the book. Copy courtesy of Amazon
Something happened there that is too rare among men: We touched the soul, and we touched heaven. The encounter put fire in my bones and brought a deep humility to know that God was at work in this crazy project of mine. Hiking from Georgia to Maine sounds incredulous to most. To Lon Chenowith, it is a journey that calls him into the wild–a journey that reveals true tests of faith and will in the direst circumstances. What began as a dream in his teens to trek the Appalachian Trail takes flight with a preliminary hike with his two young boys from Amicalola Falls to Unicoi Gap. The initial intrigue wears off, and Lon quickly realizes he will be making a long, arduous journey alone, save for a few hiking partners and unique characters met along the way. As a section-hiker, Lon, best known as the Arkansas Traveler, spans the course of fourteen years, climbing 237 mountains in a backcountry with a culture all its own. The romance of trekking across the mountains quickly wears off, and the presence of God teaches him perseverance and faith. While at times lonesome and hard, the undeniable urge to return to nature keeps Lon climbing and chronicling his Five Million Steps.
As I unpack boxes of books that I have not read in a very long time. I had kept these books for a reason, but what was that reason? As i opened them skimmed them I noticed that many of them had something written in them by my mom, friends, and other family members. As I unpack these books I thought I would share some of them with you. Not only will this make me go back and remember why I kept them and also give you all another glimpse into who I am. Today’s book is a collection of poems. The book is titled On Days Like This. It is written by Dan Quisenberry. Some people might know that name but others may not. Dan Quisenberry was A hometown hero back in the 80′s. He was a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Notable for his submarine-style pitching delivery and his humorous quotes, he led the American League in saves a record five times (1980, 1982–85), and retired in 1990 with 244 saves, then the 6th-highest total in major league history. – Wikipedia
After his career with the Kansas City Royals came to an end he became a poet where he had three poems published in 1995 and then had On Days Like This published in 1998 also that year he would die after a rough battle with brain cancer.
His poems where observations of his life and everything around him. He writes about baseball, his family, and everything around him.
This book brings back many memories of my past. They remind me that diving into books that were of far off lands to help escape the harsh relativity of life. I would also use poetry and writing to help me through a very rough time in my young life. This book was published only 5 years after I had been diagnosed with ALL Leukemia. Another connection we both shared. This book is a great read and unlike many things done today truly comes from the heart. A heart of a man that simply just enjoyed life and everything about it. One of the things that this has really reminded me is to think about is that even if things seem really bad at that moment someone else has it much worse.
A great movie about endurance, strength, and will power. The story is of three men who on a whim decide to run across the Sahara desert. They also use this as a platform to help spread the word about the water problem in Africa. The video is narrated by Matt Damon who helped the runners create H2O Africa Foundation witch later merges into Water.org in 2009.
Overall this is a great adventure with its ups its downs and everything in between. I would highly recommend watching this movie if you like real life adventure .