Blueberry Shares an Inspirational Book, an Information Book and a Tribute to Life in the Outdoors all Rolled into One

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New book presents excerpts from a collection of letters of a 50+ year old woman from Maine and Maryland

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The Appalachian Trail is a continuous 2,150-plus-mile footpath which spans the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. This trail passes through fourteen states and some of the most scenic lands on the East Coast.

Letters from the Trail written by Blueberry, a 50+ year old woman from Maine and Maryland presents excerpts from a collection of letters she has written as she pursued a life goal of hiking the entire 2,170+ miles on the Appalachian Trail. She has been traveling parts of the trail since 1997 when she turned fifty and during each of her hikes, she used letter writing to family and friends as a way of making a daily journal about her trip. After each trip, the letters were sent back to her so that she could keep a record of her thoughts, feelings, daily events, responses to questions about the trip, and all the other miscellaneous pieces of information she had gathered about long-distance hiking and the Appalachian Trail, in particular.

Blueberry compiled the letters into this book and organized them or parts of them around certain themes. She used more recent letters to her niece Maria as the overall structure for the book and as a way to introduce the various topics it covers. It is filled with information people always ask about hiking the Appalachian Trail, including where she slept, what she ate, how she stayed safe, how she planned her hike and what she carried for equipment.

Letters from the Trail is an inspirational book for those who want to hike, an information book for the questions people ask, and a tribute to life in the outdoors- - -all rolled into one. It reflects and encapsulates the notion that one woman’s goal was achieved through the support, encouragement, advice, and reason from friends and family throughout the journey.

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About the Author
As a life long writer, Peggy Alden Stout, is dedicated to writing in order to record all there is in her life. A former English teacher, she taught students how to write for a number of years. In her personal life, she is a daily journal writer and a constant letter writer. From 2000-2010 she hiked the whole of the Appalachian trail as a long distance section hiker. Excerpts from the letters she wrote to family and friends while she was on the trail are now compiled into Letters from the Trail. She and her husband enjoy life in rural Maryland and on a lake in Maine.

Letters from the Trail * by Blueberry
Publication Date: 12/20/2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 235 pages; 978-1-4797-2385-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 235 pages; 978-1-4797-2386-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-2387-4

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