A review of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail

I must be honest: I am not an avid book reader. Even before and after taking my first steps on the Appalachian Trail 2014, it took three years for me to read A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. But, I dearly love the Appalachian Trail and hearing everyone’s story.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I became aware of yet another story in book form. I know that there are plenty but forgive me for not being an avid book reader. The publisher sent me a copy of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail. There was something a little different that I immediately noticed. It was the good that the Appalachian Trail had brought out as it does time and time again. There is something about the trail life that brings out the best in people. While I am sure there are scumbags on the trail (you know those that leave their trash behind 😀), the majority leave behind their worlds and we immediately develop a sense of community that knows no barriers (unless you are that occasional crazy on the trails). Jeff’s trek across 14 states inspired an annual fundraiser that has brought in over $500,000 for the non-profit, Sunshine. A portion of his book sales and speaking fees support this non-profit.

In the book, A Walk for Sunshine, Jeff Alt describes his 2,160-mile journey on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine that started on March 1, 1998. This book is not Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, nor should it be. It is Jeff’s account, which is uniquely him as will be your account should you decide to take on the part or whole of the Appalachian Trail. If you have the bug, his book will surely fill your thirst to know more about the Appalachian Trail. This 285-page read will guide you through the rain, the cold, the sunshine, the bugs, the animals, the pains, and the joys that you will experience along the trail. A Walk for Sunshine is easy-to-read and can be finished in 1-2 days. The unfortunate part of the book is that it needed a good editor (not that I am a grammar and spelling king). It would have helped to improve the flow and style along with some grammar mistakes. Overall, it was a good read that hopefully leaves you with a desire to hit the trails.

The mountains are calling.

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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Publisher’s Release:

Beaufort Books Announces the Release of A Walk for Sunshine

The 20th Anniversary Edition

In celebration of the 20th annual Sunshine Walk, Run and Roll, Beaufort Books released a special anniversary edition of A Walk For Sunshine.

In A Walk for Sunshine, Jeff Alt details his journey along the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail in honor of his brother, Aaron, who has cerebral palsy. As Alt walked more than 5 million steps through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother. As you walk along with Jeff, you experience perseverance, surviving with only the bare essentials, the success of goal setting, and overcoming obstacles. His story sheds light on the pursuit of a simpler life. Filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including bears, bugs, blisters, captivating characters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this adventure for a noble cause.

This new edition includes a foreword by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, practical advice to plan your own hiking adventure, and an afterword by Sunshine Communities. It also includes Jeff’s epilogue focusing on his Life Lessons from the trail.

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