A Walk For Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition For charity On The Appalachian Trail


An entertaining walk along the Appalachian Trail, with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt dedicated his walk to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's walk inspired an annual event that has raised over $100,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Inspiring and humorous, Jeff's story sheds light on a simpler life. A Walk For Sunshine is an award-winning book and was ...
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An entertaining walk along the Appalachian Trail, with bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bedmates, and hilarious food cravings. Alt dedicated his walk to his brother who has cerebral palsy. Alt's walk inspired an annual event that has raised over $100,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them. Inspiring and humorous, Jeff's story sheds light on a simpler life. A Walk For Sunshine is an award-winning book and was featured on ESPN and Hallmark Channel. New to this edition: Epilogue focusing on Alt's life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth, and good health.
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Amazon.com Review
When Jeff Alt (trail name: "Wrongfoot") first decided to hike the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he intended to do it alone. As it turned out, several hundred others walked alongside him. Hiking the AT was a longtime personal goal of Alt's, but as he began to plan his trip he realized that he wanted his effort to somehow serve a greater purpose. So he decided to share the experience by turning his adventure into a fundraiser for the Sunshine Home, a facility in Maumee, Ohio that cares for 850 developmentally disabled residents, including his brother, Aaron, who has cerebral palsy. In the seven months leading up to his walk, Alt focused completely on fundraising and training, eventually raising $16,000 that allowed the home to buy much-needed communication devices, lifts, and walkers. He also inspired an annual fundraiser, "Walk with Sunshine," and is contributing part of the proceeds of his book to the cause.

In addition to finishing, Alt's goal once his feet hit the trail was "to share the spirit for which I was walking" with everyone he met, and this he certainly accomplished. In return, he learned a great deal about life from the colorful characters he encountered on the trail, while countless kind strangers offered "trail magic" in various forms, including food, lodging, and greatly appreciated laundry services. He also received overwhelming support from his family and the residents and staff of Sunshine Home, who helped him through quarter-sized blisters, fatigue, and even self-doubt during his 147-day trek. Charming, inspiring, and often funny, A Walk for Sunshine gives readers a good feel for both the logistics involved in undertaking such a journey and the culture of "thru-hiking" the AT. It's also a moving reminder that "living your dream is one thing, but sharing it lets everyone live it with you."
--Shawn Carkonen
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Blue Ridge Outdoors

"...There are numerous books on hiking the Appalachian Trail, but Alt tells the story best..."

-Maine Outdoor Journal

Alt reflects on how sleeping with a skunk, being chased by a bear, charged by a bull, blisters, insects, and weird food cravings changed him in profound and positive ways.

The News-Press, FL

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.
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
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
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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967948225
  • Publisher: Dreams Shared Publications
  • Publication date: 9/8/2007
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Alt's adventures have been featured on ESPN, Hallmark Channel and more. Alt is a talented speaker & teacher. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Alt has walked the Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail with his wife, and he carried his 21-month old daughter across a swath of Ireland.
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Table of Contents

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

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    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

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