It's spring now and as usual this time of year I'm itching to get out hiking and backpacking. This book was just what I needed to listen to on one of my rambles. I could identify with several of Strayed's experiences. She shows how satisfying it can be to find out that you can take care of yourself out there on the trail. You can make it through discomforts and actually feel good about it (afterwards). She shows that even modern humans can learn some of the basic survival skills, and the deep kind of satisfaction these skills give you. There's a profound kind of joy that comes from getting past the obstacles and finding yourself enjoying a sunset far from civilization just before you climb into a cozy sleeping bag for the night. I've never been able to explain this phenomena to my city bound friends so I'm trying to get them to listen to Cheryl Strayed's book.
These books show how children can handle themselves in some serious situations with grace and kindness. There are also some history lessons - how did people get help before cell phones and computers? Maybe size up a stranger and consider asking them?
My son has caught up on the Magic Tree House and Geronimo books and this gives him another big series, although most of the Boxcar Children series hasn't made it from hard-copy to audio yet. These are all stories that my son goes back to again and again.
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