The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail: A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog

The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail: A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog

by Kevin Runolfson

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Overview

This upbeat nitty-gritty memoir, based on the author’s 2001 trail journal, chronicles one man’s hike the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, beginning just north of Atlanta and finishing six months later in Maine. The journey included adventures with a faithful and eccentric dog, a new romance, and the challenges and triumphs of walking 2167 miles in all kinds of weather.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786456819
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 597,243
File size: 12 MB
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Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kevin Runolfson is a Marine Corps veteran and rock climber. He is a police officer in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Preface 1

1. The Beginning of a Long Trip 3
2. Rufus, Rangers and Rain 30
3. Thinning of the Herd 51
4. Carnivorous Death Cows 68
5. Virginia Is for Lovers 91
6. Baking with New Friends 112
7. Tribulations of New York–New Jersey 130
8. Hot and Hotter Still 147
9. The Greens and the Whites 162
10. New Hampshire Brings Dad, but Takes Rufus 185
11. Mainly Beautiful 208

Epilogue 220
Index 221

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The Things You Find on the Appalachian Trail: A Memoir of Discovery, Endurance and a Lazy Dog 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been looking for a AT story that had a dog in it for a while. Rufus is great but it really came off as him dragging a long a dog that was not properly trained for hiking. Out of all the AT stories ive read this is the only one i had to push myself to finish reading.
BEACHBUM2250 More than 1 year ago
I BOUGHT IT AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR MY SON-IN-LAW & HELOVED IT. HE & MY DAUGHTER & THEIR ROTTEWEILLER PLAN TO VACATION ALONG THE APPLACHIAN TRAIL NEXT YEAR SO IT FIT RIGHT IN.
SalsJourney More than 1 year ago
I am a memoir junkie, and I most love tales of ordinary people sharing an extraordinary time in their lives. Kevin has recently been discharged from the marines and freshly divorced. He sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail before figuring out the next part of his life. Little does he realize that on the trail he will discover the next part of his life. This is a true glimpse at what it takes to hike the trail - both physically and mentally. Kevin shares his encounters with other hikers and their fates - why does one make it and another one fail. I enjoyed his trek from state to state, the mishaps, the successes, the whole system of doing the trail. I was almost sorry to see it end.
Love_to_LearnLH More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was hilariously funny! I couldn't put it down. Rufus the dog was not exactly the best companion on the Appalachian Trail but you fell in love with him anyway. I don't want to spoil anything but get this book, you will laugh yourself silly, be surprised, awed, and sometimes saddened. It is great!