After graduating from college, Jennifer skips the traditional job search and embarks on a four-month journey on the Appalachian Trail, a 2175 mile footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Though her friends and family think she's crazy, she packs a backpack and sets out alone to hike the entire trail. She quickly discovers that thru hiking is harder than she had anticipated. She battles blisters, aching shoulders, and exhaustion, but finds everyday tasks like cooking for herself, sleeping on the hard wooden floorboards of trail shelters, and trying to stay clean to be unexpected challenges Along the trail, she meets some incredible characters who make her solo hike feel much less lonely. She encounters Trail Angels around every bend, seasoned trail hostel owners, and many wonderful people who become her new trail family. She attracts unwanted attention from male hikers who are a little too interested in her. And she meets a handsome stranger whose friendship adds even more excitement to the trail. With every step she takes, Jennifer transitions from an over confident college graduate to a student of the trail, becoming a person she never imagined. But her greatest discovery is the trail's unexpected kindness, generosity, and humor, teaching her that when tragedy strikes, she can depend on the compassion and warmth of others, Book jacket.
Adventures on the Appalachian Trail