I just finished reading Grandma Gatewood’s Walk about a 67 year old grandmother who was the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. I love the outdoors and have walked 1800+ miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and pieces of the AT but was blown away and inspired at the same time with this woman who walked the AT at 67 years old, then again as a thru-hike, AND again in sections.
Oh yeah, she also walked the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Portland Oregon, and the Long Trail in Vermont. Ben Montgomery does a great job at telling Emma’s story from the terrible beatings from her husband, to her many walks, and her independence and resiliency.
If you are a hiker or a lover of the outdoors, read this book.
Here is a poem from the book written by Emma Gatewood