By Diane Sepanski
Meaningful page-turners to pack on your next trip.
Walking to the End of the World by Beth Jusino (Mountaineers Books)
For armchair travelers who’ve wondered if they too can tackle an epic outdoor adventure, writer Beth Jusino shows us that anything is possible. In Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago, the self-described “nonathlete” and “no risk-taker” recounts her 79-day walk with her husband along the historic pilgrimage route, which takes them through France and Spain – plus several pairs of shoes – as they trek up to 15 miles a day to find “a gift to the soul.” amazon.com.
The Great Alone by Tim Voors (Die Gestaltan Verlag)
“The trail taught me to slow down and be more flexible,” says Tim Voors of his 2,650-mile hike from Campo, Mexico, through the blistering Mojave Desert and Sierra Nevada’s naked peaks to chilly Canada. The photographer/creative director details his solo six-month journey in The Great Alone: Walking the Pacific Crest Trail, filled with stunning photos and sage advice for those who would follow in his footsteps: trip prep, food resupply, and trail etiquette – as well as how to endure the inevitable mental and physical challenges. bookdepository.com.The Road to San Donato by Robert Cocuzzo (Mountaineers Books)
To honor his dying grandfather, American author Robert Cocuzzo set out with his grief-stricken, bicycle-mad 64-year-old father to pedal to Papa’s birthplace, a dot-on-the-map village high amid snowy peaks in Italy’s Apennine mountains. The Road to San Donato: Fathers, Sons, and Cycling Across Italy recalls their 425-mile ride from Florence, which carries them up thousands of vertical feet and elevates not only their bond with each other, but also with their family’s history. mountaineers.org .Paddling My Own Canoe by Audrey Sutherland (Patagonia)
In 1962, Audrey Sutherland, a single mother and school counselor, decided to explore the then-isolated northeast side of the Hawaiian island of Molokai – which even today remains relatively undeveloped and untouristed. Published after her death, Paddling My Own Canoe: A Solo Adventure on the Coast of Molokai is a testament to the bravery, imagination, and skill of this pioneering adventurer, who swam the coast’s dangerous waters while towing an inflatable kayak. Her takeaway? “Go simple, go solo, go now.” barnesandnoble.com.