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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail
     

A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail

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by Jeff Alt
 

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Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was

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Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening, and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates, and hilarious food cravings. As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain, and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $400,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along with Alt, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Alt shares his life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health.

Editorial Reviews

Nature Society News
THE AUTHOR'S SENSE OF HUMOR IS REFRESHING... An easy and enjoyable read strewn with laughter at natures antics and stark realities of life. As Jeff is faced with daily dilemmas in out of the ordinary circumstances, he begins to reach deep within himself to discover what most of us may never take the time to find out -- his true being. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
—Karen Martin
Roanoke City Magazine
This book is an excellent source of inspiration for living your life the best you can. This book has given me a better outlook on life and the people around me. There are so many funny parts to this book, you will laugh from cover to cover, in between the sob and pain you feel for Jeff as he details his adventure.
&3151;Joey Coakley
The Cincinnati Enquirer
A Walk For Sunshine tells the tale of a man who trekked 2,000 miles to honor his handicapped brother. Mr. Alt gathered donations, turning the trek into a fundraiser. That's all in the book. So is the now funny, but then ugly story of the day he put his arch supports in the wrong boots and developed such enormous blisters he had to wrap his feet in duct tape...
—Jim Knippenberg
Outdoor Times
Alt's effervescent personality shines through on every page. His words amply convey the camaraderie among fellow hikers, the beauty of the eastern mountains, and the physical hardships that must be endured on a walk of over 5 million steps. Selected as Book-of-the-Month.
—Walt Young
Associated Press
Alt tells about how he made friends with fellow hikers and others along the trail, tried to court his future wife, and what happens when a trail thin hungry hiker comes to town and meets up with Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780825307768
Publisher:
Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/20/2015
Pages:
303
Sales rank:
330,865
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

Steve Porino
"Jeff wrote a book on his 147 day hiatus from civilization, A Walk For Sunshine. [The Sunshine Home is] where the developmentally disabled...are cared for and where his brother Aaron has lived for over a decade. The trail became a fundraiser for the home and the home became the motivation for Jeff-without which he might have never reached the final chapter of his Appalachian tale, the peak of Mt. Katahdin, Maine."--(Steve Porino, Host, ESPN's Inside America's National Parks)

Meet the Author

Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel, in the AP, and more. Alt is a celebrated author and a talented speaker. He is the author of Four Boots One Journey, Get Your Kids Hiking, and A Walk for Sunshine. A Walk for Sunshine, won the Gold in the 2009 Book of the Year awards sponsored by Fore Word Reviews, it took first place winner in the 2009 National Best Books Awards Sponsored by USA Book News, and won a Bronze in the 2010 Living Now Book Awards sponsored by Jenkins Group. Get Your Kids Hiking won the Bronze in both the 2014 Living Now Book Awards, and the 2013 IndieFab Award in Family and Relationships. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). He has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a path of Ireland.

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A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Well written, and uplifting this story takes the readers along the AT for the highs and lows and really helps to inspire you to want to get outdoors. There aren’t a ton of laugh out loud moments (like Bill Bryce’s “A Walk in the Woods”), but there are enough real movements to connect you to the author trail and other hikers you meet along the way. In addition I like that this is a story about doing the trail for a reason other the self-development. I personally find those types of stories (such as “Wild”) hard to connect with because the author is either doing something stupid or is a bit self-centered. This was a refreshing breath of fresh air.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jeff Alt has a mission: reacquaint the world with the beauties and the challenges of Nature and find inner peace and the source of human kindness. And if that sounds like a hopelessly impossible task for these times in which we live, then his A WALK FOR SUNSHINE just may change that. It is difficult, if not impossible, to read this entertaining and meaningful book and not rearrange mindsets as to priorities and the significance of living in the moment. Jeff Alt may not be an academically trained writer, or a student of philosophy, or a prophet sent among us to alert our attention to environmental issues and the importance of family, but in Alt's case, those 'restrictions' allow him to relate in more simple honest terms a life altering experience and stimulate each of us to find our own dream journey - and follow it! The story is well summarized in all the reviews of this revised version of A WALK FOR SUNSHINE (and Epilogue has been added to make the events of the book more accessible to the novice hiker/reader). In 1998 Alt make the trek from Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trail of 2160 miles, on foot, surviving in the 'wilderness' to prove that he 1) could accomplish his dream of thru-hiking the treacherous trail and 2) to raise money for the Sunshine Home for the Disabled, a home that cares for his brother Aaron, a young lad with Cerebral Palsy. Like any fine journal the author writes of the agonies, the physical challenges, the struggles with sustenance among the wildlife and the extremes of Nature's seasonal changes while at the same time offering anecdotes both hilarious and heartwarming, moments when he bonded with trail partners and moments when Nature seemed determined to squelch his drive to complete his journey. But complete it he did and now ten years later he gives us all of those moments day by day during his four-month long trek. His writing style is conversational: this is not the sophisticated poetic collection of entries of a Thoreau but rather the humanistic need to communicate the splendor of nature. As one would expect, along the way he does communicate with the Higher Being but in a way that is never preachy but rather wholly credible, given the near death challenges he faced. And in the end this journey, upon completion, gained much needed fundraising for Sunshine Home as well as fostering a changed man who sees the universe more clearly and shares his drive to protect our little globe. A WALK FOR SUNSHINE makes a great bedside inspiration book, a thoughtful gift for friends and family who are struggling with apparent insurmountable odds, and an excellent reference for 'youths' of all ages. Grady Harp