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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail Paperback – September 9, 2017
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Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP, and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. He is the author of Four Boots One Journey, Get Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for Sunshine. A Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. Get Your Kids Hiking won the Bronze in both the 2014 Living Now Book Awards, and the 2013 IndieFab Award in Family and Relationships. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.
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After reading this book I felt myself with a much lighter attitude about life, this author is contagious in a good way. This book is simple yet page turning, I could feel myself on this hike with Jeff and didn't want it to end! This is probably the best AT book I have read so far as I really enjoy those kinds of books. A light and easy read that I'm sure I'll reread as time goes on. Inspiring story as well for the fact he did this for his brother.
1. Despite the fact that he is doing this for charity, the charity aspect is only part of his reason for hiking the trail, and he does not turn the book into a salespitch.
2. The book is not endless complaints about life on the trail.. He hurt his ankle at the point I am at now, and if he is complaining about it, then he is doing a good job of hidign it.
3. I know exactly where he is on the trail throughout the entire book so far.
4. He developes relationships with other hikers and talks about them in the book.
5. He sticks to the trail and his experiences on it. I haven't read a self-indulgent diatribe riddled soapbox like I have in so many other books.
Great book so far and I can't wait to continue on!
I enjoyed his stories and accountings, and thought he did a super job of describing the fellow hikers he encountered -- some of them very colorful characters, as are found on the AT. Very well done! He never offered judgment about others who didn't complete the entire distance. He also gave credit to others where due.
He gave well-deserved credit to his "team," who supported him in various ways in his endeavor. Congrats to Jeff for the great contribution he made to his family and a wonderful charity! I would like to know this guy!
(And, oh, how I have dreamed of hiking the AT myself -- but that's another story.)