Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail
by Jennifer Thermes
It is hurricane season on the and the Carolina's are about to be hit with a bad one. In New Jersey we've been spared so far this year but a few years ago we had one that knocked our power out for days. I remember not being able to sleep because it was so hot!
Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail is a story of endurance. Emma Gatewood is the first woman to 'thru-hike' the Appalachian Trail. This children's book documents her journey and some of what she faced. She became quite a sensation as her trip progressed and just two years later she did it again as a section hiker (someone who does each section separate.)
This book talked about the weather she endured, the breathtaking scenery and lightly touched on the physical toll this amazing adventure took on 67 year old Grandma Gatewoodl. It is a wonderful talke with beautiful illustrations based on the true tale.
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Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long
walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail.
With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out. A story of true grit and girl power at any age, Grandma Gatewood proves that no peak is insurmountable.
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