Appalachian Odyssey: A 28 Year Hike on America’s Trail
Three decades and 2,100 miles in the making, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28 Year Hike on America’s Trail is a travelogue rich in history, visual beauty and storytelling that appeals to the adventurer inside each of us.
When two friends went for a one-day hike in Maine in 1985, they had no idea they were actually starting a 2,100 mile, 28-year adventure. Inspired by the author’s trail journals, Appalachian Odyssey is not a “how to” guide, but an enduring story told through a refreshing blend of history, photography and wit. This Appalachian Trail book is an uplifting reminder that the most meaningful accomplishments in life rarely happen overnight, but are achieved by making steady progress toward our goals.
Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the rivalry that created the Appalachian Trail
Few know the story behind the creation of the world’s longest hiking-only trail. The proposal could have died in the pages of a journal had it not been for the efforts of many people ― including two, in particular: Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery. While the two men shared a common goal, their vastly different personalities meant it was only a matter of time before these sometimes allies, sometimes adversaries had a falling out. My latest book weaves together history and biography to bring the story of how a dreamer and a doer created a something that neither could have done had they tried to go it alone.