Book on hiking Pacific Crest Trail

August 3, 2013 

I am a fan of Jeff Jardine's columns and have been for a long time. It's one of the first things I read on the days he is in print, right up there with the editorial page and letters to the editor. Jeff writes about so many local events and human interest stories; he really seems like a people person, and I appreciate that very much.

But I want to refer specifically to his article "Modesto duo logs miles, memories on trail" (July 30, Page B-1).

Most interesting since I have just read the book "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. She walked the Pacific Crest Trail and then wrote about that experience in this memoir-travelogue. She was at a crossroads in her life and took on the challenge of a solo walk, totally unprepared for the rigors. But perseverance and determination kept her going, and in the end she conquered her demons, wrote a best-selling book and became the writer she wanted to become.

Anyone interested in the Sierra, the high country, the wilderness, camping, hiking and backpacking should enjoy her amazing story as much as I did.

MARILYN ROWLAND

Modesto

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