Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Beginnings: Walking Distance

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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About ten years ago we decided to walk the aptly named Long Trail in our home state of Vermont.

-- Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People by Robert and Martha Manning.

I love this book! It is prompting a lot of armchair traveler fantasies. 

Walking Distance is oversized and full of gorgeous pictures of hiking trails all over the world. The husband/wife authors describe the hikes and the amenities (or lack of) along the routes. It is the perfect combination of practical guide and inspiration.


  1. I'd love to do something like that one day (ie have incredible travelling experiences, then write a book about them using lots of my holiday snaps for fodder!!)
    What a great way to earn a living :-)

  2. Sounds like a challenging experience!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book. I'm currently training for a 3-day, 50 mile walk, so have been logging lots of walks lately!

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  4. Very nice. Makes we wish for warmer weather sooner so I can jog on the trail.

  5. That sounds interesting. Vermont isn't that far from me, and we're always looking for new things to do!

  6. That brings back memories of my lifelong dream to hike the Appalachian Trail - in one long hike. I still have a glimmer of hope to do it but it isn't likely. Can hardly wait to recover my strength and stamina so I can take hikes here in PA.

  7. This sounds like a lovely book. Even if I didn't actually take the hikes (I live in the Pacific Northwest), I'd enjoy the photography and reading about them.

  8. Thanks for hosting! My husband and I like to hike on our very rural property. I bet the photos are beautiful!

  9. The first sentence in the book I'm reading is "'Eh bien, mon prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now no more than family estates of the Bonapartes.'" This has been true for quite some time, and promises to be so for even longer.

  10. That looks like a beautiful book!

  11. I am happy I found this meme...I was in need of something for Friday since another meme I participated in has retired.

    THANKS. Going to make a post.

    Silver's Reviews

  12. I love walking in nature. Sounds like a good way to get a taste of it (virtually) while in the midst of winter.

  13. Your book sounds a wonderful excursion into natural beauty and relaxation. I'm going to check on this one. Thanks for the tip!



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