Last updated September 6, 2019
Besides exploring the Pacific Northwest, one thing that Jacob and I both absolutely love are books. Small, big, fiction, non-fiction — give us a book and we’ll love you forever. Jacob’s heart is taken by medieval stories while I love hiking and adventure books. I’ve narrowed down my giant reading list so I could bring you a few awesome books about the great outdoors!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
Wild is a powerful memoir of heartbreak, perseverance, and strength. The true story is set in the harrowing landscape of the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s beautifully written and brings you on a roller coaster of emotions while you navigate the world of a courageous young woman with nothing to lose.
After losing her mother to cancer, 22-year-old Cheryl Strayed was left heartbroken, grieving, and broken. She spiraled into drugs and sex while her family broke apart and her marriage crumbled. After four troubled years, she decided that she needed to put her life back together. She then made the most impulsive decision of her life — she decided to hike over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. She did this all alone and with no prior experience.
Wild has also been made into a movie that stars Reese Witherspoon. It’s one of the few book adaptations that I actually love (I may have watched it three times this month, shh).
Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes
by Alastair Humphreys
I haven’t read this book yet, but I already LOVE it! Microadventures are all about exploring your local area in the time you’re not at your regular, full-time job. It’s about making the most of your time at home and not spending all of your money.
Microadventures are going to keep us sane this year! We have a big trip planned for Christmas, which means no road trip in the summer (sad face). We’ll be learning the art of microadventures, want to join?
Girl in the Woods: A Memoir
by Aspen Matis
Aspen Matis was raped the second night of college. She received little support from her family — they actually discouraged her to speak about it — and her school’s cold “conflict meditation” process made her feel confused and shameful about the attack.
In desperate need of healing, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Throughout her 2,650-mile journey, she was forced to confront her assault and eventually found the freedom and strength to heal.
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail
by Suzanne Roberts
Too often we doubt ourselves because we think we have to be experienced to tackle anything as daunting as a thru-hike. This inspiring novel follows Suzanne Roberts, who’s never backpacked before, and her two girlfriends who decide to hike the John Muir Trail. This beautifully real memoir details both the trials and victories of these three young women as they hike through the stunning natural world and learn about themselves.