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The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail: A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog Paperback – January 27, 2010
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In this work I not only had the pleasure of a very well documented hike (Kevin was a through walker), but I also was treated to a very nice love story and a most wonderful dog story. Hiking, love and dogs...it does not get much better than that for me.
Kevin Runolfson had just been discharged from the Marine Corps and had just gone though what was apparently a pretty rough ending to a marriage. He made the decision to become one of the people who hike the Appalachian Trail from the southern end all the way through Maine. Unlike many hikers of this trail he chose to take his dog Rufus along on the trip. This canine companion added a new dimension to this difficult endeavor and we readers reaped the benefits of Kevin's decision.
Along the trail the author met a young lady and they became hiking companions; Kevin, Teresa and Rufus...quite a team. Of course as the miles went by it became quite evident that Kevin and Teresa were falling in love. What you are getting here is really three stories in one.
Trail life is well documented by the author and I must tell you that this guy has an acute sense of humor...is actually quite funny in a quiet sort of way.Read more ›
This is a book about a hike more than a love story, yet the love interest adds a wonderful extra dimension, especially is handled with taste and few words wasted. This is one of the best of the Appalachian Trail Books, nicely written and paced. When you read it you may fall in love with Teresa as I did, but I'll bet you'll fall for Rufus, the dog, first.
Kevin is in a transitional moment of his life. Having just been discharged from the marines and also freshly divorced, he seeks the trek on the Appalachian trail before starting the next chapter of his life. Little does he realize that the trail is the next chapter of his life.
I loved every bit of this tale, and was sad to see it end. I loved learning more about the trail (have walked on a few sections) and what it takes to make this journey. The trail etiquette, names, angels and other rituals are quite fascinating, along with the general variations from segment to segment. Where will they stay? What will the terrain be like? What will the weather be? What will the obstacles be? Every day was a new challenge, and the people were awesome. And of course, Rufas rocked! Love that dog. Kevin does a great job of telling this whole story.
It is about growth and endurance and friendship. It is also about putting with some pretty
significant discomforts and inconveniences with good humor and stoicism.
I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the third book I've read written by someone who has thru-hiked the AT and this is the best written one so far. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. Great book! After hiking a week on the AT. I found this book taking me back to the trail. Easy read best done slowly to enjoy it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. H. Wakelin
I liked the main characters very much. Very clever writer and a nice person. His dog Rufus was endearing. I hope they made it as a couple. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cinsumer
Bought for my s/o and his future Appalachian trail dreams. He really loved the book (and this is coming from a non-avid book reader).Published 10 months ago by Kellyn.
One might think that a book detailing a person's hike, day after day of walking, walking, and more walking might become tedious. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve Pomper
Good read. Felt like I was along for the hike. Second book I've read involving a dog. Gained knowledge of hiking conditions in each state, the different personalities one meets on... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bernadette Taylor