Sunday, November 30, 2014

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike”
― John Muir 

Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Cover

The book is about what Cheryl Strayed decided to do to recover the sense of her life. When she was 26, she took an impulse decision to hike alone a part of the Pacific Crest Trail, 1100 miles from the Mojave dessert, though California and Oregon, to the Bridge of the Gods, a bridge in the Columbia river between Oregon and Washington. 

Her life was falling apart consequence of a serious of bad decisions made after the death of her mom from cancer.  She was battling with a failed marriage, divorce, heroin addiction and destructive relationships.  She decided to start a long hike with the hope that she will find closure, clarity and a purpose in life. 

At the beginning, the hike seems to be another bad decision.  She lacks knowledge and preparation, as a result she made many mistakes.  In some ways it became kind of parody and even made me laugh, but the thought is, it is really dangerous to go on a long hike without the proper training.  

When she started hiking it's when I started liking the book.  She has the ability to transport you to the trail.  You can imagine the smells, take every step with her and  felt the weight of the backpack. My favorite part of the book is when she arrived to Crater lake in Oregon.  Even when she wanted to quit more than once, she ended the trail as she planned. 

I respect her decision to drop everything in order to go hiking and the fact that she never quit.  I found myself annoyed and anger most of the book with her poor decisions in her personal hike and during the hike.  She put her life in risk many times, even without knowing.  I wanted to though away the book more than once! 

I did not like the books as many others did. At least it was in some way beneficial, a reminder of the importance of being prepare and educated before hiking. I hope she found some peace thought her time in the wilderness, because the end of the book didn't reflect appreciation neither the lessons learned. 

As many other best-sellers books, it will become a movie.  Reese Whiterspoon will play Cheryl Strayed.  The movie release date date on theaters is December 5, 2014.

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