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The Best That Can Happen: The Grand Trek

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"To fulfill the dreams of one's youth; that is the best that can happen." So said Willa Cather in 1927. "Uh huh. Ever actually, like, try it?" is Kathleen Schmitt's response. Her dream to ride a horse across America was born on Horst and Harriet Haenert's horse farm in northwestern Illinois. Harriet suggested one of their horses might not winter well at all. Kathleen, ...more
Published December 25th 2016 by Smashwords Edition
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Mari LivTollefsonCarlson
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I know that life dreams are not necessarily the same as adventures…” (254). In her creative nonfiction memoir, The Best That Can Happen: The Grand Trek, Kathleen Schmitt describes both her life’s biggest adventure and her life’s dream with candor, humor and wisdom.
After graduating from Georgetown, the author plans to ride from Virginia to California on horseback, with a protection dog by their side. She calls the trip an A.A., an Apparent Adventure, “contrived or pointless, or at least not to
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Schmitt worked on a farm, which was a far cry from the city life she was used to. It started as a sort of joke that turned into the best thing that could happen. This story has very little to do with the joke that started the journey. It is about the actual journey and the people encountered on the way.

On a deeper level, this story is about life. Kathleen Schmitt is telling a story about a cross-country horse ride, but a lot of the situations can be metaphors for life. Her masterful
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once, Kathleen jokingly suggested that she could ride a horse from Illinois to Arizona. Fast forward a few years later, and she is preparing a cross-country trail on horseback along with her beloved dog Country Boy.
Schmitt is a very engaging writer. She describes the landscape and people she meets on her journey really well – it is easy to picture them. Her own personality comes through very strongly and that was one of the main features I enjoyed about the book. Not only are you going on this
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horses
This was a fun book to read! I found myself living her life. It was real and captivating.
The shift to business near the end had me so frustrated. But I had a happy sigh when Kathleen turned back to horses. The lessons she learnt from the trek were both surprising and so valuable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horses or adventure!
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