When you live in the sticks as we do (the sticks with good coffee shops, good neighbours, and the mountains) you need to make regular pilgrimages to larger centres to access goods and services that are just not available "in the woods" - comic book stores, "the mall", and the Apple Store.
Watching the way things have unfolded in our work over the past few months, seeing some stuff come together that we have been building for years, has given me a new perspective on professional blogging.
This was a good adventure story on many levels but the most fascinating part for me was the fact that Erin and Hig were not following a trail but truly blazing their own path to make an epic, year-long, human-powered trek from Seattle to the Aleutians.
"But once you break down that wall, run your first ultra, run your second ultra, and then realize you're hooked-all those lies you believed about yourself are exposed. And it's easier to see yourself as you really are - stong, courageous, and able.
The book talks about all the ages and stages of hiking with kids, from newborns to young adults. It covers many topics including keeping kids motivated on the trail, getting through difficult spots and situations, and even special needs. Recommend.
Finally a woman backpacker I can identify with a little more readily. Like all good trail stories this book is about so much more than the challenges and highlights of hiking every day for months on end. It's about living well and loving well.