The other night Stan and I watched Redwood Highway, with Shirley Knight as a grandma who walked 80 miles to her granddaughter’s wedding. It was great! Thanks to Charla for the recommendation. I also read Wild, by Cheryl Strayed, about her hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, and I look forward to seeing the movie.
The walking story I loved best was the book Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery. Ms.Gatewood was the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail from end to end, and she did it in the 1950’s, at the age of 67 (my age)!
Something about starting out walking without an intention to turn around and go back appeals to me. I wonder if I could do something like that? I don’t think I want to sleep on the ground and I definitely don’t want to deal with bears or snakes – I’m thinking of a sidewalk or walking path, with a good meal and comfy hotel or hostel at the end of the day.
I’ll look into this further and get back to you!