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

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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 $160,000 for the Sunshine Home where his ...

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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 $160,000 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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825307768
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2015
  • Pages: 303

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. 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. Alt is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt 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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Table of Contents


Preface
Stepping Out     15
Aaron     19
Only 2,159 miles to Go     26
Wrongfoot     32
Strange Bedfellows     38
Lightening My Load     42
All Alone in the Woods     46
Hitchhiking is for Hitchhikers     52
Some Make it, and Some Don't     56
I'm Still Alive     62
Hiker, 12. Mice, 0     66
Ouch! It's Beautiful     72
My Spirit Warmed by the Sun     78
Meatless in Hot Springs     86
Leave the Stress Behind     92
Pyscho on the Trail     96
Don't Drink the Water     102
Over the Hump     106
I Believe in You     112
Let's Go All the Way!     116
Yee Haa! The Gangs All Hear     122
Woof, Woof!     130
Photos     139
Only Forty-Eight Miles to Dinner     144
All For a Woman     154
Let's Walk Together     164
Your Beer Will Be OK!     176
A Rocky Birthday     190
Bootless In New Jersey     198
That Ain't No Bull     208
No Senior Discounts on the AT     216
Where's The Moose?     222
Vegeterians Don't Pack Meat     230
Sunshine in New Hampshire     240
Yahoo!     250
We Did it!     262
Post Script: Walking the Extra Mile     268
Epilogue: Life Lessons from the Trail     272
Suggested Reading     285
About the Author     287
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