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Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters
     

Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters

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by Winton Porter
 

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Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting — a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings — the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the author’s new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling,

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Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting — a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings — the characters who show up are no fictional creations. They are the real-life stars of the author’s new life as a backpack-purging, canteen-selling, hostel-running, bandage-taping, lost-child finding, argument-settling, romance-fixing, chili-making man of many faces. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. Some are friends, and some dangerous. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

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"For a guy whose job has him posted in the middle of nowhere, Winton Porter certainly draws a crowd." -Bo Emerson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"'Just Passin’ Thru is a work of genius."-Former assistant secretary of state for the State of Iowa, Scott Ourth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897329125
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
11/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
201,054
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Ever since starting his lawn-mowing business at age 10, author Winton Porter has found it hard to stay indoors. At 21 he opened his own B. Bumblefoot and Co., producing hiking sticks for retailers throughout the U.S. southeast. And for years he tried the corporate route—selling gear and managing operations at such retailers as REI in Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta. In 2001, at age 35, he ransacked his 401k and bought the venerable Mountain Crossings store, a hiker’s mecca deep in the Georgia woods near the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. It’s a blissful match for the lifelong outdoorsman and natural-born storyteller. Now called the Guru of the Appalachian Trail, Winton is famous for his “shakedowns” to help weary hikers lighten their loads. When he’s not busy selling boots and shipping hikers’ boxes home, he’s writing about the zany adventurers that populate the trail and his store. Winton’s memory for dialogue, eye for detail, compassion for those in trouble, and gift for humor come together in the 27 chapters that make up his first book.

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Just Passin' Thru: A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Sonic53 More than 1 year ago
I have the hard copy of this book, signed by Winton Proter, but just had to have the nook version so I would always have it with me. His story of the time he and his family have spent living at and running the Mountain Crossing store is at times funny, poignant and exciting. I have had the honor of meeting and talking with Mr. Porter and many of his staff. The recounds here are just a piece of their everyday lives, but bring back remarkable memories of cherished times.
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TeachingonTap More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on one of my armchair hikes of the appalachian trail. A Trail I have always wanted to do, but could not find the time, money, or organization to pull it off. I was hesitant when I started not really sure what I got myself into and hoped that I was not dumb in planning this adventure. What I found was a thoroughly enjoyable conversation about the trail and the characters who pass through the author's store. The stories were engaging, and well written and just plain quirky enough that I felt that I really knew them. I always wondered how one could hike from Georgia to Maine and then decide to turnaround and walk back, but reading this book on my NOOK I almost did just that. I was reading it, not paying much attention to where I was and then, it ended. Feeling a sense of loss, I started to flip backwards through the pages, looking for more of the conversation and stories. Winton Porter tells a great story and paints a fabulous, but not glorified picture of life along the trail. I highly recommend it.
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This book was so entertaining to read. Kept my attention and could not put it down. Would love to hear more of the stories.
thetentman More than 1 year ago
Winton Porter's strategicly located store, Mountain Crossings, is 30 miles north of Springer Mountain in Georgia, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The stories in this book are interesting and amusing. Winton and his store staff cater to those who have begun their 2000+ mile journey. They perform an important service called the 'shakedown' where prospective hikers get their equipment evaluated for importance and weight in an effort to improve the odds of succesfully completing this very long trail. Winton writes with great respect and reverence concerning the trail and its inhabitants. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Appalachian Trail and the denizens and characters who inhabit this national treasue. Good writing and good stories. rmw