"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strand is an autobiography of the time Cheryl spent piecing herself back together afte"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strand is an autobiography of the time Cheryl spent piecing herself back together after her mother died of cancer and Cheryl's marriage and family fell apart. Step by step Cheryl found herself as she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in almost total ignorance of hiking techniques.
I am a female who loves to hike and I hike alone all the time...hiking 20 kilometers a day solo is an amazing experience of solitude and self-reflection that everyone should have the privilege to experience.
Cheryl's story is more about her losing her mother and thereby losing herself and then her emotional journey of piecing herself back together than about hiking. Her life is self-centered with the escape by drugs being a foolish answer to her problems and a physical need for love via sex with anyone. True she is young while hiking this vast trail and she does conquer many demons while hiking and what she experienced forged a new Cheryl as hiking does for a soul.
This book would have been outstanding if it contained more about hiking. Share with us the details of the trails and the torments of the bugs and the fear of the dark and the joy of the sounds of nature and the ever fun activity of peeing in the woods as a female. I love hiking and I would have loved this book if it was more about hiking and less about an emotional time in life.
Cheryl wrote a good book and it kept my attention, though sometimes I hit my head on the table at the things she did...it would of been a great book if she focused a bit more on the hiking and the nature that had surrounded her. ...more