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About Will Swartz
Will Swartz lives in Canton, MI with his wife, Kate, in a riverside Cape Cod house, where River Deer and other wildlife regularly stop by to distract him as he writes. They have five children (none of whom is a wild child burden on society or living in their basement) and eleven grandchildren.
Will has worked as a teacher, coach, librarian, school administrator, trainer, and salesman. He is a pathological storyteller and makes stuff up all the time. Will is currently the Creative Projects Director for Will Swartz Enterprises, LLC. He made up the title so he would no longer be retired and could have a job that described what he loves doing. His main duties are thinking up cool stuff to do next, keeping the wastebaskets on all three floors of the estate empty, and guarding his antique porcelain door knob collection.
You can connect with Will at: Will@WillSwartz.com or Awalkacrossmichigan.com
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And yet, here you are searching for another good book to read ---in the hiking section of all places. Does that mean you’ve thought about going on a backpacking adventure of your own, like all the people who through-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT)? Me too.
Do you long to reconnect with America like Bill Bryson in A Walk in the Woods? Or, become a trail legend and icon, like David Miller in Awol on the Appalachian Trail? Or, are you searching for a long term hike on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) like Cheryl Strayed in Wild, as a way to get back to Nature to heal your soul? Good luck! I don't think your boss will give you 6 months off work to go do that.
That's why I wrote the book, A Walk Across Michigan: Hiking the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail. There's a trail that cuts across the middle of Michigan that's perfect for people like us. I know because I hiked it. The Shore-to-Shore (STS) is 232.1 miles long and is an ideal path for someone who is looking to do a longer hike but doesn't have a lot of time. It’s also a great choice for those who need a trail for a shakedown run and it is newbie hiker friendly.
You probably haven't heard of the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail yet because the trail name is too long to put on a tee shirt and also because it is a well guarded secret! I sent an email to Chris Santella and Bob Peixotto to add the Michigan Shore-to-Shore Riding and Hiking Trail to their book, Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die, but they are busy guys so it might not be on their radar. Please, don't tell the people in Ohio about it or they will start coming up and hiking it, too. Just like how they come up in the summer to rent all the cottages and clog up our great beaches.
Anyway, I'm not some big time author with a massive budget and an army of marketing minions to do the fancy book descriptions, set up signings, or arrange interviews on talk shows in order to persuade you to buy this book. However, as an accomplished user of bullets in all my college research papers, I can give you a lot of reasons to buy this book and tag along vicariously with me:
You'll get smart! It's packed with information about a very cool trail for hikers and horseback riders.
It's an easy hike! Reading this book means no smoke in the eyes, bugs, or stinky body parts normally associated with hiking.
You'll get smarter! Fascinating detours to learn about history stuff like the logging industry in Michigan, animals, rare birds and even ants!
It will make you want to go hiking!
You will have fun!!
Mom says I am a good writer, a fun storyteller and I walked at 9 months, which undoubtedly was an indicator that I would be a famous hiker someday.
You get free refills on beverages of your choice (pickup only) while you sit in your favorite chair to read this.
It's got pictures and maps.
You get to hang with me! Written by a librarian (which automatically raises the cool factor).
BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!! BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!! BUY WILL'S BOOK NOW!!
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Ok. Like Dad used to say, "Time to fish or cut bait." You comin’ with us or what?!
Push that buy button and get back to work, where you can pretend to be slaving over a spread sheet or doing something productive while you dream about our great adventure.