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

by Jeff Alt


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ISBN-13: 9780825308499
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/09/2017
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 303
Sales rank: 598,236
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

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

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)

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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