A Child's Walk in the Wilderness

An 8-Year-Old Boy and His Father Take on the Appalachian Trail

Paul Molyneaux, Asher Molyneaux

Publication date:
April 2013
Publisher :
Stackpole Books
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ISBN : 9780811711784

Dimensions : 210 X 140 mm
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Imagine a 7-year-old boy asking his father if they can hike the entire length of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail together. Then imagine that the father says yes. Now think "What are they getting themselves into?"For the author of this deeply felt book, the planned hike is an opportunity to bond with his son and be what he calls "Barbarians"--in touch with natural processes far from the comforts of home. It's also a chance for nature to do some healing in his life, too.For the boy, it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.They start in West Virginia and head north, through cold and wet spring weather, carrying only what they need and picking up resupply boxes along the way. The boy is entranced by the freedom, asking questions nonstop and pointing out every interesting bug, bird, and blossom they pass. But he's also stubborn, sometimes scared, and occasionally too tired to trudge on.Dad relishes seeing the natural world through his son's eyes, but he also struggles with the responsibility of keeping the journey go