Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

If the movie is anything like the book, I completely understand why Wild has been getting so much attention.  Strayed’s story is amazing!  It would be compelling enough as one woman’s journey hiking the PCT alone, or else to describe the grief of losing your mother at a young age.  The fact that Strayed’s story does both at once is a testimony to the power of travel, the healing growth that comes from pushing your limits in a new, difficult situation that demands your full attention.

Strayed is a brilliant writer, balancing the introspective moments of hiking alone with humorous (or occasionally terrifying) interactions with fellow hikers.  I loved getting to see the PCT culture that bonds disparate people because of a shared intense experience.  I’m not sure I could ever hike the PCT, but Strayed does a remarkable job of making it sound appealing despite descriptions of lost toenails.

I loved this book, and I’m going to watch the movie so I can relive the experience.  Nature, healing, endurance, learning who you are–the story is beautiful, and I’m so glad I got to read it.  Continue reading