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A Walk in the Woods

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/walk-in-the-woods-bill-bryson/1102165072?ean=9780767902526 Historical Events Presentation by: Ryan Oleynik Book by: Bill Bryson On Monday, March 2, 1925, twenty-four men sat down and discussed the dream of building a trail that stretches between the two highest peaks in the northeast.

The group later became known as the Appalachian Trail Conference.

The original plans consisted of having the trail run from Mt.Washington in New Hampshire to Cohutta Mountain in Georgia. The plans later changed to make the start of the trail at Springer Mountain in Georgia and the end of the trail would be at Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

The trail was completed August 14, 1937.

There was little attention given to the completion of this dream.

In 1948, Earl Schaffer was the first person to hike the entire trail end to end. Book Summary http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about-the-trail/history Bill Bryson stumbles upon the trail during a day hike
He invites friends and family to join him on the AT
Bill Bryson and Steven Katz head out on the trail
They meet other hikers
Spend time in Hiawassee The weather turns on the men
Smoky Mountain National Park
Civilized world Blue Ridge Mountains
Obnoxious hikers
Stage One Complete
Day hikes in PA and Centralia Delaware Water Gap
Back in New England
Hundred Mile Wilderness Steven Katz goes missing
The end of a long journey About the Author Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951

Moved to England in 1977

Worked in journalism before becoming an author
In the 1990's he lived in New Hampshire with his family
Now he's the United Kingdoms biggest selling nonfiction author
http://www.billbryson.co.uk/ My Recommendation A Walk in the Woods is great travel book. Bill Bryson really makes you feel engaged in the book. You start to think and understand his struggles and successes and that's what makes this book great. You also realized the world is not just made of big cities, it's the small corners of the world that are the most beautiful. By making this theme known in the book Bryson has created a great piece of literature. The only thing I wished the author would change is the transition between hiking and traveling by taxi or car up the trail. I found this confusing, and I thought it broke up the flow of the book. A Walk in the Woods is a great book for anyone, but it is more geared toward adventure seekers, outdoors men, and hikers. Favorite Paragraph " It is an extraordinary experience to find yourself face-to-face in the woods with a wild animal that is very much larger than you. You know these things are out there, of course, but you never expect at any particular moment to encounter one, certainly not up close-and this one was close enough that I could see the haze of flealike insects floating in circles about its head." (241) I chose this paragraph because the author really makes you feel his experience. You can feel the connection between him and the moose. Being isolated from the civilized world can be an unforgettable experience if take the time to go out and isolate yourself from the rest of the world and explore what the world can really offer. This paragraph is unlike another in the book because Bill Bryson is only focusing on the moose in the forest; completely ignoring the civilized world miles away. This really is a surreal experience and at this moment I fully understood why Bill Bryson hiked the Appalachian Trail. At that moment I realized Bill Bryson wasn't hiking the trail to get to the top of all the peaks, he was hiking it to rediscover the lost America. http://www.hvmag.com/core/pagetools.php?pageid=8599&url=%2FHudson-Valley-Magazine%2FJuly-2011%2FHudson-Valley-Hiking-The-Appalachian-Trail-Orange-County-NY%2F&mode=print http://www.satc-hike.org/images/appalachian_trail_map.gif Appalachian Trail Symbol AT Map Hundred Mile Wilderness Sign http://files.runtowin.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/day108.jpg Smoky Mountains http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/things2do.htm Blue Ridge Mountains Mt. Washington http://www.agatheringofeaglesinc.com/powwow/where_did_the_cherokee_indians_live.html http://thirdgradetrip.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/third-graders-visit-mt-washington-in-new-hampshire/ Bibliography
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