My mother recommends THE BEST books. Evah. This particular book, Wild – a memoir, was the perfect book for a perfect time in a perfect place. As I wrote about recently, Scott, Bella, and I stepped off the world for a few days and headed to the White Mountains. I had just started reading Wild but when we decided to take off I tucked it away to “save” for good 'ole reading-by-campfire.
As Scott, Bella, and I hiked Little Haystack a few days ago, I couldn’t help but think about this woman I’ve never met but felt so akin to. On our hike, I constantly had my bear-radar up, always ready to grab my bear spray (no kidding here folks!) and mess up Yogi Bear in a big way. Solo hiker Cheryl ran into a bear, tracked mountain lion tracks, had several near misses with rattlesnakes, and a close encounter with an icky human. And there I was on my measly 4000+ foot hike, where I had Scott and Bella (and the bear spray) to protect me, and where I could turn back at any time to return to the comfort of our camper…and ultimately our home. Cheryl spent months on the Pacific Crest Trail, losing her old self and finding her true self. Her biggest threat – her own demons.
I can’t recommend this book enough! I finished days ago, but find myself still so intertwined in her story, her strength, and her will to live a life of her choosing.