What am I currently reading....my reply to your blog post question today! BTW, nice title to your blog for this day! Clever! Can't wait to meet ya'll in 5 weeks! Actually 5 weeks from today! Sweet!
Tammy, I hope you don't have any trouble on your hike up in 5 weeks, from the fall you described to Doug yesterday! Take care & have a great day.
Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead by Bill Kreutzmann and Benjy Eisen
I am reading Hillbilly Elegy. Interesting story of a man raised in poverty in the Rust Belt and Appalachia who eventually becomes a graduate of Yale Law.
You should've saved that picture for Halloween. I am officially spooked!
As for books, I haven't had much time to read since our son was born about a year ago. However, 2 years ago I read "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I was reading it to help a student, and I was HOOKED by Page 2. The protagonist is on a mission to find out why all books written by a certain author are being destroyed.
Another relatively recent read was "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire. The wildly successful play is only very loosely based on this book. The book has a much darker tone, especially on the Emerald City. Elphaba, aka the Wicked Witch of the West, is also portrayed as a much more reclusive character than what is seen in the play.
As for all-time favorites, I would have to say the Harry Potter saga and the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series are at the top of the list.
Anything by Wendell Berry and Annie Dillard. They're both good reads for a quiet mountain top.
'In One Person' by John Irving.
Currently reading " Killing the Rising Sun. Great History, nothing we were taught in high school, class of "69". Very graphic, not for everyone, however given today's thin values , all should read so as to know the price paid for freedom, and the value of what we have today.
Have hikers been reporting bear sightings or encounters on Trillium lately ? Please give update. Thanks
Recently hiked up and down Trillium. Did not see any bears either way. Only saw awesome llamas with their awesome Chrissy llama wrangler ..... ;)
Saw no bears on Trillium on the way up (August 30) and no bear sightings on the way down (Sept 1).
Thanks Norman! I think it will be okay. The stitches are out, but suture strips are still hanging on (6 weeks). Never had any pain, it just feels like jello (or hollow) inside. I left some "parts" of that knee back on that big root the ER doc told me! Lol (but not so funny at the time) Have a good day on top of that mountain!
Regarding books and reading, I read anything by Bill Bryson. Most of his books are hilarious, plus, you learn a lot too.
I am reading "Just Passing Thru" by Winton Porter. It's about the author cashing in his 401K and purchasing a Vintage store/hostel smack on the Appalachian Trail and becoming a backpack -purging. He talks about the parade of people "Just Passing Thru" and their encounters with him.
Hiked up and down Trillium last week (never again) and there were no bear sightings. We could smell them and see evidence that they had been there, but didn't see them in person. Wish we could have hiked Alum up, but it was closed. Trillium says it's 6.6, but our Fitbit said 9 miles. Another guest said their iPhone clocked it as 8.9. Just thought I'd mention it.
You must have hiked it from where it connects to Rainbow Falls trail, which is basically right at the Rainbow Falls parking lot. From there it is about 9 miles. If you hike it from the Trillium Gap parking lot, it's about 6.5 miles. That is the "official" distance. It's confusing I know. It threw me off the first time I did that trail.
I've hiked Trillium in three hours, and am pretty sure I wasn't setting a pace of three miles an hour. I wouldn't put too much stock in the accuracy of a Fitbit or an iPhone.
Been reading mystery books. Especially like those by Jefferson Bass - pseudonym of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass, the Body Farm novels. If you are not familiar with the body farm - it's the part of UT.s forensic studies research facility out behind UT Hospital. Dr Bill Bass developed it first. Patricia Cornwell has also written a couple of novels based on the body farm. Great for a read in a rocking chair on the porch with an adult beverage!
I enjoy Dr. Bass's books. I was a student of his in Anthropology at UT back in the early 1970s - he taught Intro to Anthropology and was a great teacher.
Currently reading and enjoying "Sunshine on the Appalachian Trail"
I just finished "The Bourbon Thief" by Tiffany Reisz and it was great. Definitely didn't see some of the plot twists coming.
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