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Rookies in the Wild [Kindle Edition]

John Riha
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Book Description

A journey into the wilderness will reconstitute a lost soul. At least that's the theory. But when a newly unemployed dad decides to take his teenage son on a life-affirming backpacking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail, he unleashes deep-rooted fears of the unknown. Cougars, unreadable maps, Bigfoot, and iliotibial syndrome are co-conspirators in this true comic misadventure set in the Trinity Alps Wilderness of northern California.

Editorial Reviews


"I haven't laughed this hard since I read Bill Bryson's last book. John Riha's romp through the wilderness (with his son) is both funny and genuine."
--Stephen George
Discovery magazine

From the Author

I've always been into writing, nature, and some form of carpentry. I grew up with lake houses, summer places which, as a small boy, balanced my suburban life with a magical universe full of waves and seaweed and tadpoles and rowboats, and where all things that mattered existed. Both my grandfathers were carpenters, and I inherited the gene, and have always been fascinated by wood and making things with my hands. I have built and remodeled houses but always have had a fondness for fine woodworking, for cabinet-making and furniture-building, for watching a single piece of raw wood become a thing of accomplished beauty. In this capacity, as construction aficionado, I've built a career, and parlayed my building experiences into journalism. I've been an editor on several national magazines, and I've authored many books and articles on home improvement and maintenance. One of the best things about the West is that it's indescribable. Perhaps that's what makes it so intriguing for the writer. The scale, the raw beauty, the promise.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991157915
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RT3 Media (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What does not kill you makes you stronger February 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An informative, beautifully painted portrait of one man 's journey with his son along a path to new understanding while hiking a segment of the majestic and sometimes beguiling Pacific Crest Trail. Funny, scary and entertaining. This story presents well written imagery about a stunning, unblemished and sometimes scary natural world. We need more stories like this one from John Riha.
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John Riha has written a wonderful account of his daring excursion into the wilds of the Trinity Alps with his teenage son. With warmth
and hilarity he takes us on an adventure most have only imagined attempting. I loved this book because the author communicates
so honestly and allows us to confront his fears and trepidations along with him. Riha's crackling wit illuminates his presentation of
facts about cougars,Teddy Roosevelt, and the pioneering determination of the people who made the Pacific Crest Trail a reality.
Even his description of acquiring the gear he and his son would need is turned into a comic masterpiece. Along the trail, with his
son usually in the lead, we join these two novices on their trek of discovery, and the reader feels their closeness growing on every page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun read for all January 31, 2014
Riha's ability to research, bringing facts about the woods and laughter on the trail made a fun read for all at the Holidays. We passed the short read around, young and old, men and women all laughing and sharing moments in the book and from our lives. Anyone who enjoys family fun and the outdoors will enjoy this book
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