After deciding to alter the course of our lives and jump into the unknown, I have been keeping myself inspired buy reading as many adventure stories as I can find. I have always loved a good adventure book, especially true stories, and I finally have the time to read more.
After reading Into the Wild for the hundredth time (not really, but a few), then Into Thin Air, I went looking for an adventure tale with a woman as the lead character. I knew about some of the world’s greatest male adventurers, such as the awesome John Muir, but as a feminist, I wanted to find out about some female adventurers. I came across many inspiring women who lived incredible lives, such as Kira Salak (writer and professional adventurer), Louise Boyd (the first woman to reach the North Pole), and many others. Then I came across two autobiographies that really grabbed my attention. The first is called Tracks, which is about a woman named Robyn Davidson, who trekked across the deserts of Western Australia with some camels. I haven’t found the book yet, but I saw the movie, and it was beautiful.
The second book I came across, with the convenient help of the internet, was Wild. I read a review and set out to get my hands on a copy. Although I do enjoy emotinal drama stories, I didn’t intend to buy one. I wanted a straight up adventure story, with rugged mountains, wild animals and only few humans involved in it. The back cover described the story, and it sounded like a lot of emotional turmoil, but the cover was so cool, and the title too intriguing, to pass up. I bought a copy and read it in about two weeks, which is quick for me; I like to drag books out for months.
Wild is extremely exciting and 100% adventurous. I found Cheryl Strayed’s writing style very easy to follow, and humourous. I love how honest she was in her retelling of the events that took place in her life. The story is about Cheryl, a young woman who went through a lot in her early years. She loses her mother to cancer and her whole world falls apart. She becomes someone who has no control over her life, and she decides to do something about it. She saves some money, buys the ridiculous amount of gear she thinks she needs, and sets off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail is a magnificent-sounding hike that starts in the Mojave Desert, goes through California and Oregon to the border of Washington State. She does it on her own, and to be perfectly honest, is not at all prepared for the endevour. As you can imagine, she has some life-changing experiences, meets some great people, and finds a piece of herself she has lost. I relished every page of the book, and found myself getting very itchy feet. There are places described in the book that I definitely have to visit.
I am not very difficult to please when it comes to books, but if you are into any kind of adventure, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this story. I think the movie will be out soon, and I’m looking forward to seeing it, but we all know that books are, by far, a million times better than the movies. Read it. It’s a goodie and it will inspire you to get outdoors and do something that you may be scared of doing.