A Guide to Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Author's Note

I was pretty excited about this assignment, because although I've never hiked the Appalachian Trail, I've talked to friends who have, and they all say it changed their lives. It also gave me an opportunity to revisit Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods," one of my favorite books about hiking.

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