I finished reading an interesting and enjoyable book last week that was written by Jennifer A. Hanson. Entitled, Hiking the Continental Divide Trail; One Woman’s Journey, the book documented a multi-month long hiking journey she and her husband (for most of the trip took) along the Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada. Passing through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, Hiking the Continental Divide Trail provides a vivid account of this formidable trek.
While, to me, this hiking saga was not quite as captivating or intriguing as the one contained in Cheryl Strayed’s magnificent literary work Wild, Ms. Hanson presents the reader with a thoughtful and detailed account of the courageous challenge they undertook. It is a worthy read and should be included in any serious (or not so serious) hiker’s library. Well done!
Here are a few of juicy tidbits quoted from the book (there are many more):
“For generations the Continental Divide was a barrier to our westward migration, later it separated the nation that was forming, and now the Trail winding along the arduous path of the Divide unites us.“
“It was open here, really open, uncluttered by buildings, tree or hills, and it took me some time to absorb the immensity of the place.”
“The sound of traffic faded behind us. The whole world was spread out before me, a mysterious and dangerous world.”
“Established footpath?’ I said to myself and smiled. There wasn’t much of that in the wilderness of the Continental Divide Trail.”
“Perhaps we all need time to be free, time alone in nature, supported and encouraged to discover our own wild selves, to reconnect with who we are and what we want from life.”
“After thirty-eight years of being barraged by society’s expectations and needs of family and friends, I was finally free to discover what I truly wanted.”
“How can we be good stewards of Earth when so few of us have direct experience and respect for nature?”
“We really do spare ourselves so little in the name of comfort.”