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A Child's Walk in the Wilderness: An 8-Year-Old Boy and His Father Take on the Appalachian Trail Kindle Edition

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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"Put aside the electronics, hoist your pack, and join 8-year-old Venado on the journey of a lifetime--an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. The boy finds adventure everywhere along the trail as he peppers his family with questions and proves the worth of Benton MacKaye’s 91-year-old dream." (Larry Luxenberg author of Walking the Appalachian Trail and president of the Appalachian Trail Museum Society 2012-09-01)

"In surefooted prose, A Child's Walk in the Wilderness chronicles the remarkable journey of a father and son . . . If ever two hikers fulfilled MacKaye's vision of the A.T. as a place "to walk, to see, and to see what you see," it would be this wide-eyed and adventuresome duo." (Laurie Potteiger Information Services Manager, Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2012-11-02)

About the Author

Paul Molyneaux is the author of The Doryman's Reflection and Swimming in Circles. He writes about commercial fishing for the New York Times and other publications and won a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship to study sustainable fisheries in India, Chile, and Iceland. He and his family live in Maine and Mexico.

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  • File Size: 1392 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBX00NG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Bard on February 13, 2013
Color: Hardcover Verified Purchase
People hiking on the Appalachian Trail ask eight-year old Venado (his self-designated trail nickname that means deer in Spanish) how he will make up all the school he is missing while spending more than half a year hiking the Appalachian Trail. His response? "This is school." Reading this book, we realize that Venado really is getting a fine education out on the trail. His patient father, answering endless questions about the animals, birds, plants and people they meet along the way, gets an education of his own. We all learn about the colorful individuals who inhabit the trail, and about the strength of character that drives a father to accompany his young son on a 2,000+ mile hike in the face of many obstacles.

This book is for anyone (like me) who once dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail but never quite got around to it, but it is also for any parent (also like me) who wishes he could drop everything and spend months with their kids out in the woods. In my opinion, this is a much better story than Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods."

The Bangor Daily News, a Maine newspaper, did a great article about the pair just as the book came out. Here is the link: [...] . There is also a Facebook page - search for The Barbarian Utopia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2013
Color: Hardcover
I grew up in Pittsburgh. The wooded hills and dales of western Pennsylvania are my "inertial reference frame," the real world as it were, and all the other landscapes that this good earth has to offer are, well, somewhat different, and a bit "exotic." Early on in life I set a goal of seeing the landscape that will always be "home," at the pace intended, walking, with enough time to "smell the roses" along the way, by hiking the Appalachian Trail. Naturally, it would have to be the whole trail, Georgia to Maine. I have had a few "distractions" along the way, and have never managed more than a one day portion, Blood Mountain, in Georgia. Realistically, gulp (!), at the current rate, I might never do it. So, when I discovered this book, about an 8 year old, who not only did it, but definitely wanted to do it, I decided it would be an essential read. And so it was.

Paul Molyneaux, at the age of 52, and with the trail name of "Tecolote," which means owl in Spanish, sets off on the approximate 2,200 mile hike, with his son, who was only 7 when the hike commenced, and who is known only by his trail name, Venado, which is deer in Spanish. (They live in Mexico for half the year). Usually "thru-hikers," those in for the "long-haul," start in Georgia and go north; fewer, but a still sizable percentage, go from north to south. The author, and his son start in the middle, at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, in March, and head north. They are immediately confronted with the cold, the rain, and flooded creeks they must try to ford, or by-pass via a nearby bridge. The reason for this, and it is an important takeaway from the book: Molyneaux called it the "anti-Lyme Disease" hike.
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I like the straightforward writing style. The story has several themes woven throughout that kept me interested and I wanted to keep reading the book to find out how it was going to end. He shares the physical and mental challenges, the communal stories, the history, and describes the variety of trail conditions of the AT all in an entertaining and delightful way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JuneauB on July 28, 2013
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The AT, for those that have traveled any of its miles; can be described in countless ways. Its vastness, compelling lure and unique culture keep both ends (and the middle) of the trail alive for past, present and future travelers. This book describes a path of history, not just for the trail, but that of a father and son and the qualities of human nature and how a family forges the bond to keep one foot in front of the other...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Connie Westbrook on July 3, 2013
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What an amazing family--what an amazing child. I really enjoyed the author's intelligence, writing style and personality. You would think a child would hold you back on such a long hike but he was always ready to go and with a good attitude. I thought it would take away from the hiking story but it added to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2013
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Several years back, as my son Josiah was approaching graduation, I became enamored with the idea of he and I doing an AT thru-hike together. One spring near the beginning of my infatuation, Dana, Josiah, and I inadvertently stumbled into that old stone CCC building at Wa-lasi-yi known as Mountain Crossings. While Josiah and I were inside imbibing the magical atmosphere of this incredible outfitter Dana saunters in and informs me that she had just been on the AT. "What?! No way!" Sure enough, the AT actually travels right through Mountain Crossings. Josiah and I burst into a sprint, ran out the door and raced each other to the back of the building where we saw our very first white blaze. Wonderstruck, we continued down the old footpath, blaze to blaze for a mile or so where we paused to let the moment sink in. Josiah climbed down from a tree he'd been sitting in, turned toward me and said, "Dad?...let's keep going." I'll carry those words and that mental image with me till the day I die. How I wish we had.

Last week, with my REI dividend check in hand, I walked into our local branch intent on buying Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire or maybe The Monkey Wrench Gang. They had neither. As I combed the shelves looking for my next adventure-read I saw something new. I picked up A Child's Walk in the Wilderness, scanned a few pages and made my way to the register with my prize. Within the first 20 pages I was hooked...for an obvious reason. When the author's 7 year old son had said, "Let's keep going", this father had the courage to say yes.

Though by far the most compelling, this was certainly not the only reason I was sucked in. A Child's Walk is a great piece of writing. This isn't Molyneaux's first rodeo.
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