Walking Book Club

What is a Walking Book Club?

The Walking Book Club is a little like a regular book club, except you visit places and sites, if possible, in the book that is selected for the month.  Then after the walk or during the walk, you stop to have lunch and discuss the book.

The benefits of a Walking Book Club is that it covers three essential elements to maintaining a healthy lifestyle – mental, physical and social activity.

The book is selected ahead of time giving you a chance to read it and information for the walk is listed.

May Book Recommendation

The Overstory: A Novel by Richard Powers

The Overstory, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of―and paean to―the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’ twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours―vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

Please join us on *SATURDAY*, May 21, 2022 at the Delta Tule Trekkers’ Calaveras Big Trees Walk Event. After enjoying your walk, meet me at a picnic table near the start point for our book discussion. Bring a lunch or the Delta Tule Trekkers may be offering hot dogs or other lunch options. Check the walk alert when it gets closer.

June Book Recommendation

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

2014 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in History / Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. By September 1955, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, sang “America, the Beautiful,” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it”. Driven by a painful marriage, Grandma Gatewood not only hiked the trail alone, she was the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times. At age seventy-one, she hiked the 2,000-mile Oregon Trail. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV with Groucho Marx and Art Linkletter. The public attention she brought to the trail was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery interviewed surviving family members and hikers Gatewood met along the trail, unearthed historic newspaper and magazine articles, and was given full access to Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk shines a fresh light on one of America’s most celebrated hikers.

Please join us on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 10am for a 5K hike on the Pacific Crest Trail at Donner Pass. Bring a lunch and we’ll eat on the trail! While the 13K is rated as 4D, the 5K is described as a moderate grade on the way to historic Donner Pass. You must register for this event by Web registration or Online Start Box (located on my.ava.org). This will be our 3rd attempt to do this walk as it was cancelled twice before due to the wildfires, so cross your fingers that this time it will happen.