“Wild: A journey from lost to found” by Cheryl Strayed

Inspiring and entertaining – a fantastic gift for a “lost” friend.

I picked this book up when I was preparing to host a group of clients to walk the last 117Km of the Camino de Santiago in Spain (a trip that was cancelled due to COVID19).

It’s the story of a young woman who finds herself emotionally lost after the death of her beloved mother and with no idea how to carry on living her life, she stumbles upon a book about the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from Mexico to Canada along the west coast of the USA and decides to undertake an epic 1100 mile (1770 Km) journey.

The first chapter had me in tears – Cheryl’s explanation of her relationship with her mother and the overwhelming grief she felt at her passing hit me right in the feels.

I know firsthand how travel can heal emotional wounds but the scale of the journey she decided to undertake and the level of unpreparedness that Cheryl admits to throughout the book had me keen to know just how it was going to turn out.

Like all good journeys, the people she meets along the way help shape Cheryl’s experience and the difficulties she faced and the weight of her pack somehow managed to lighten her emotional baggage.

At times, her anecdotes had me laughing, her struggles had me doubting whether she would make it but her resilience and determination to keep going had me inspired.

If you know someone going through emotional turmoil, this book will make a great gift for them.  If you are planning an epic walk/hike (especially the Pacific Crest Trail), you should absolutely read this book.  It’s not a difficult read and will definitely leave you wanting more.

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