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Ebook Details
  • 08/2018
  • 937-1=7324789-1-6 B07GV6VZ8M
  • 272 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2018
  • 9781732478909 1732478902
  • 272 pages
  • $16.95
Peter Kurtz
Author
Evergreen Dreaming: Trail Tales of an Aging Hiker
Peter Kurtz, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

A 55-year-old man with a yen for the outdoors feels time running out. One day he decides to dig out his old backpack from the basement and hike a section of the Appalachian Trail.  He does not know that this weeklong hike through Georgia and North Carolina will propel him into other mountain adventures, culminating in a mystical trip to the Continental Divide to follow the footsteps of a childhood friend. 

The author leads the reader along dirt paths across multiple mountains, meeting eccentric characters, battling blisters and boulders, and sharing one campsite with a disgruntled bear. Along the way, he candidly shares his thoughts on age, environment, culture, and technology. His walking stick, which he names Kip, becomes a companion and talisman, helping to trigger potent memories that eventually result in a hike into the red-orange glow of the West to get closer to the real Kip. 

Evergreen Dreaming is a story about memory, aging, and the pursuit of natural in an increasingly artificial society.  It is also a tale of friendship and love.

Reviews
Kurtz, a 55-year-old technical writer (Bluejackets in the Blubber Room), hikes from Georgia to North Carolina along the Appalachian Trail in this entertaining travelogue. His love for nature started as a teen camping with his family in the Blue Ridge Mountain; now, his wife, Lynn, supports him in his hiking endeavors, but worries about his quest at his age. Kurtz makes several friends along the way (among them, Dylan, a 24-year-old realizing his dream to hike the entire trail, who joins Kurtz for a couple days), and describes the scenery (“a long, flat stretch with lots of overhanging rhododrendon that offers a nice shady canopy”). Along the way, he argues for wilderness conservation, noting that only 3% of the 2,200-mile trail is designated wilderness and warning that open spaces are threatened. Kurtz also discusses his affinity for reading (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), his love for the Beatles, his desire for hot water, and his reliance on sturdy walking sticks (one of which he names “Kip”)—and he always makes sure to call Lynn to share his experiences. Kurtz’s charming memoir encourages wilderness purists to chase their dreams, regardless of age. (BookLife)
News
11/21/2018
Store Display

The outdoors supply store Roads Rivers and Trails (RRT) in Milford, Ohio, in suburban Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is now stocking Evergreen Dreaming.  Thank you RRT!

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2018
  • 937-1=7324789-1-6 B07GV6VZ8M
  • 272 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 08/2018
  • 9781732478909 1732478902
  • 272 pages
  • $16.95

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