Hiking Naked

A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance
Narrated by: Violet Phillips
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Knocked off her feet after 20 years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their 13-year-old twin son and daughter to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the quiet and respite of this community of 85 residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking. 

Stehekin means the way through, and Hiking Naked chronicles Graville's journey through questions about work and calling, as well as how she coped with ordering groceries by mail, black bears outside her kitchen window, a forest fire that threatened the valley, and a flood that left her and her family stranded for three days. Ultimately, in the solitude bestowed by pines, firs, and mountain trails, she regained her spiritual footing and found her own way through.

©2017 Iris Graville (P)2018 Homebound Publications

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Moving Into Retirement

This book is not about hiking or the hiking culture; it is about a nurse who retires and moves with her family to a more relaxed small-town environment and discusses the new life and adjustments and recouping from a stressful career and dealing with the stresses of life.

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A comfort

Thank you, Iris, for this beautiful book. Listening to it was such a comfort to me during May and June of 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you will write a sequel about your life on Lopez! Much love to you.

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Thoroughly enjoyed!

This book is a vicarious journey for anyone who has mused on living a simpler life, immersed in nature. Follows the family through several years of adventure and changes in a realistic, insightful, and thoughtful way, The narration perfectly matched the sentiment of the story. Well done all around.

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Going Outside to Go In

This reflective offering should not be missed. It is more than a book on hiking (though there is hiking)...it is a tale of how the landscape acts as a doorway unto our own selves.