Book: Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail by Inga Aksamitcategories: Book, Backpacking, Adventure, Nature, Thru-Hike, Trekking, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevada, Pacific Crest Trail, California, Hiking
Inga Aksamitabout this book: I wrote this book to entertain and inspire. Those who like to hike, backpack and explore nature will enjoy the story about how my husband and I met the challenges inherent in being in the wilderness for 23 days straight. People who are planning to hike the John Muir Trail, which undulates across 211 miles of the crest of the Sierra Nevada in California, will especially benefit from this book.I call myself an "everyday adventurer" because I go on a lot of trips that many people think are out of their reach. But they are not. All it takes is some planning and preparation and anyone can do things like hike the John Muir Trail.
I chose the title because it reflects the fact that every day wasn't all beautiful scenery and easy hiking. It was hard! And some days were harder than others.
I took the cover photo in Yosemite and I thought it was a good metaphor for the title and our journey, with the peak reflected in the water representing both a hight point and low point. It's a moody shot, emphasizing the varied nature of our days on the trail.
I enjoyed writing the book and reliving the trail. The best part was find a good critique group that pulled a lot of emotional subtext out of me. This forced me to think about why it is that I hike and what I get out of it. I hope you'll join me on my journey down the John Muir Trail.
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