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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
Emma Gatewood was an abused housewife who, in 1955 when she turned 67, decided to walk the Appalachian Trail. She was the first woman to walk the entire trail and she did it with about 22 pounds of gear in a hand-sewn duffle bag and Converse sneakers. I decided to read this as inspirational reading for my turning 67 and retiring from full-time employment. It has worked. While I am not planning any interstate walking, I do plan to walk myself back to fitness in the local area. Emma's journey is well documented by Ben Montgomery who intersperses events from Emma's history with the long trek of the trail. He has access to her journals and goes looking for the people she met along the trail and to see how the trail has changed since the early days when she travelled from Georgia to Maine. It is truly an inspiring story and not an overstatement that she saved the trail. She appeared on Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life television show, which is now available on YouTube, but I have not been able to find the episode in which she was a guest. I would love to see her talk on screen to see how she compares with the woman Ben Montgomery has written about.

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