Take a hike! Thanks to Grandma Gatewood, the Appalachian Trail is one of the places you can go.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk : The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery
“Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail … Grandma Gatewood, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person — man or woman — to walk it twice and three times … The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.” — From publisher’s description
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